KENSINGTON and Chelsea’s authorisation of demolition and replacement of the once council-run but now closed Thamesbrook care home by a private facility confirms the Tory council’s social cleansing programme.
Instead of local NHS hospitals recommending elderly patients for care on the basis of need, the key in future will be an ability to pay £2.5 million to lease a luxury apartment and access private nursing.
The council has kept Thamesbrook empty for three years, awaiting the opportunity to sell off its prime site to a South African property development company.
It is engaged in a programme to run down, close and sell for redevelopment as much public property as possible to drive out poor working-class people and create an island of prosperity in inner London.
Barely a week passes without revelations about the scandalous treatment of Grenfell Tower residents by the council or its arm’s length tenants management organisation.
From penny-pinching on repairs to disregard or peremptory dismissal of complaints, Grenfell tenants’ abuse by those in authority epitomised the attitudes of an arrogant ruling clique.
Axing a public care home catering for poor people for its social opposite mirrors the Tory council’s public bad, private good attitude.