Some 500 people demonstrated on Monday evening to remember the dead of the Grenfell Tower fire. Although the march was silent, the anger was palpable.
Immediately after the inferno Tory prime minister Theresa May said people forced to move by the fire would be rehoused within three weeks.
But survivor Sid told Socialist Worker, “We’re still in hotels two months on. We’re being offered ridiculous houses, many are in bad condition and some are even flooded.”
At a meeting on Friday of last week another survivor, Zoe Dainton, called the promise “a lie to the newspapers”.
“They’ve put Kensington Row in the papers, but I haven’t been offered a flat there and I don’t know anyone who has,” she said. “It’s on the other side of the borough as well.
Zoe added, “People need to go to prison for what happened.”
First on that list should be the bosses of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), the body that manages housing for the Tory council. It ignored residents’ warnings over safety before the fire.
A representative from KCTMO is yet to attend the weekly Grenfell Fire Response (GFR) meetings to face the anger of survivors and residents.
Tory council leader Elizabeth Campbell said she “didn’t know” why a KCTMO representative hadn’t come to a meeting yet but that they “will be asked to attend”.
Local housing activist Jan Sweeney told Socialist Worker, “The council is talking about rehousing people with the KCTMO.
“But nobody has any trust in them after what they’ve done.”