An interview with the leader of this Rotten Borough of Kensington and Chelsea “Dizzy Lizzy” Elizabeth Campbell was published in the Independent recently. See it here:
THINK reported on the TMO vote some time back and why, despite the fact that the KCTMO is a complete mess, we believe they have to stay in place.
Many in this community, including the Police believe that there are sufficient grounds on which to prosecute some at both RBKC and the TMO on corporate manslaughter charges over the Grenfell Tower fire. The vote to disband the TMO and make RBKC the sole member would have exempted some who have been in charge from being prosecuted.
Dizzy Lizzy says in the interview that RBKC cannot guarantee fire safety in flats while the TMO is still in place unless the council is not the sole member of it. Well many local residents, particularly Grenfell survivors and the bereaved, are appalled by the prospect of an exemption from prosecution of some at the TMO if that goes ahead. Many here in this community have zero confidence in the Rotten Borough Tories and their likely intent to escape justice and let their TMO manager friends off the hook if they were in this position.
As for the bereaved and the council’s treatment of them, one man, Ahmed, who lost two close relatives in the fire, spoke at the last Full Council meeting. Ahmed had asked his key worker for a meeting with Elizabeth Campbell with and other relatives of the deceased from the fire and this was denied to him and he was told that Grenfell Response or Gold Command would meet with him instead.
Ahmed stated that he was also speaking for 30 other families from Grenfell Tower and that in doing this he was taking time away from his own family. He pointed out that many of the bereaved do not have the time and energy to organise meetings. Apparently one of the bereaved encountered Cllr Campbell in the hotel they were staying and it was eventually agreed that she would meet with them. He said “however, I shouldn’t have to be begging as a bereaved family member to try and arrange that meeting privately”.
Ahmed also pointed out that he received an email from RBKC on which the council had spelled his name wrong on it and the email did not contain an apology for the fire; only an apology for the response “This council is partly responsible for the murder and cremation of my family” he said. He also mentioned that another member of the bereaved families had received a timetable for half-term for his children whom had perished in the fire. THINK believe that this is beyond appalling and we were lost for words when we heard this.
In the end Ahmed told the Town Hall that he was privately invited to the Grenfell Scrutiny Committee along with 20 other of the bereaved, but was was offended by the fact that this council hired a security guard into what was supposed to be a private meeting .
He also found it troubling that the scrutiny committee consisted of a few members who were part of the Housing scrutiny committee prior to the fire and that Kim Taylor- Smith, RBKC Deputy Leader had stated that he was “unaware of resident’ concerns” at that time.
But Ahmed wasn’t finished with them yet “What you should have is a scrutiny committee that scrutinises the lead up to this failure”
When Ahmed had apparently asked one member of the committee if there was an internal investigation, the member had said “yes” but Elizabeth Campbell had apparently answered “no”
Then Elizabeth Campbell gave her usual “we are determined to do everything we can” answer with the usual platitudes. And then couldn’t even remember the dates for the consultation as to the terms of reference for a steering group for bereaved and survivors and people shouted out from the gallery: “you should know that!”
Dizzy: “I’ve got the paper on my desk! But I do know there are plans to do that”
Well THINK send our support and solidarity to Ahmed and all the bereaved families of victims of Grenfell Tower and we will not forget about our community even though RBKC clearly do regularly – disgraceful.
But if Dizzy Lizzy couldn’t appear any more incompetent even for a newspaper interview. In the interview in The Independent ,she also referred to “lazy” media coverage after negative press she received when it was revealed that she had never set foot in a Tower block.
THINK say to Dizzy Lizzy, it is not “lazy” to criticise this council’s less than adequate response to Grenfell, or your complete lack of understanding towards North Kensington, particularly Grenfell victims and all relatives and friends affected.
It is not your coming from a more privileged background that people are criticising; it is the fact that you have very limited knowledge and understanding of those from less privileged backgrounds despite so many residents telling you their problems and concerns on a regular basis.
As for “lazy” – what about someone who sits on RBKC as a councillor to 11 years and cannot even be bothered to pay a visit to social housing tower blocks in the borough? There is quite a bit of social housing in her Royal Hospital Ward in the borough by the way (we checked) , as well as her ward not being all that far away from the tower blocks in Chelsea’s World s End Estate.
THINK also believe that it is “lazy” for a council leader to stand a minute down the road from the Grenfell vigil and talk to the media and cameras, but not even have the decency to pay Grenfell survivors and families a visit at the vigil. In the interview she says for people to “judge me by what I am doing, and not by where I am living” . Well maybe some of our readers can see some of what she is doing or not doing by having a look at her response to being confronted by angry Grenfell families and survivors after she snubbed the Grenfell vigil here on a live Tweet here:
In the interview, Dizzy Lizzy referred to the delay in rehousing Grenfell survivors, saying “It has been absolutely awful and for people who were on the phone to people it’s beyond imagining and yet we’re expecting people like that to say “yes I like that flat, I’ll move in next week. I’ll have Peter Jones’ furniture and not somebody else’s furniture”
Dizzy Lizzy is referring to Peter Jones department store in Sloane Square, not the Dragons’ Den entrepreneur by the way. We have to point out to Dizzy Lizzy that we know of people who are still living on charity donations, one who has no money as had to use his savings to pay for the funeral of his wife (who died in the fire) and many who have been offered places, only for RBKC to withdraw the offer.
We do not know what Dizzy Lizzy is thinking if she imagines luxury furniture from Sloane Square to be a priority in the thoughts of Grenfell survivors when they choose to go and view a home or accept an offer of one. We can also tell Dizzy Lizzy that some are also accepting unsuitable properties because they are severely traumatised, exhausted and stressed and just want to get out of temporary accommodation as soon as possible.
Also some properties being offered are by housing associations and they are not necessarily under the same terms of tenancy the survivors previously had (thanks to the shortage of housing in RBKC – another fault of Dizzy Lizzy and her predecessors). All these issues are reported to her on a frequent basis and yet she still really fails to understand.
We do not either rate her as a leader nor rate her chances of success in the position. It is our view that she will have plenty of extra time on her hands to spend going shopping in Peter Jones very soon…….