THINK censored by the Rotten Borough! 


It has been brought to our attention that the  Rotten Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is not allowing some to access our blog from RBKC  wi-fi and their computers!

Some people have even been unable to access our site in RBKC libraries. Well let us tell this council that we are one of the many  campaign groups who backed Friends Of North Kensington Library and  the campaign to save our local library when the leadership of RBKC had other plans – it was saved mainly thanks to the huge effort of many local campaigners from FNKL and the tide of public opinion turning after the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

Read our post about North Kensington Library being saved here:

https://thisisnorthkensington.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/north-kensington-library-happily-ever-after/

Not only are RBKC in the act of banning  our blog though,  they are very selective with regards to what they report. Yesterday  we reported how their own council- run newspaper did not see it fit to mention Grenfell until page 7 – shocking.

See yesterday’s blog post  here:

https://thisisnorthkensington.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/the-rotten-borough-and-their-attitude-towards-grenfell-you-would-think-it-never-had-happened/

They are also on social media. When they post about council meetings, when the council and its policies are roundly criticised, these get misreported as largely positive meetings with the council fully listening to residents who according to them, appear to be mostly postitve about this council . We did ask RBKC  if they were in fact at the very same meetings we were, only to get no response whatsoever!

If RBKC intend to behave like a dictatorship and misreport controversial and angry meetings as positive, not give such an important  and serious matters such as Grenfell full and proper coverage  and ban  our well-read across the borough  local community blog on their computers  for our act of only having a difference of opinion , let us remind them that unlike dictatorships, residents have the choice next May to get rid.

Here, as we have been censored anyway,  are two other websites and blogs that have also been banned by the council in previous times  :

Concerned Residents of Kensington and Chelsea (which was written by the late Barry McQueen) here:

http://crkc.co.uk/

And RATMO (Residents Against The TMO) here:

http://www.ratmo.org.uk/ratmo/

 

We fully encourage all our readers to vote this council out and  help to bring in a new administration that listens to  and takes into account the views of all residents, not just a selective few who are on  the same side.

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Wornington College – a temporary reprieve for now

Here are some members of the Save Wornington College campaign outside the KCC Hortensia Road campus in Chelsea about to hand in the petition against the properties merger of Kensington and Chelsea College (KCC) with Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College (EHWLC) to the Governors yesterday.

We at think support the campaign to keep our local  community college in North Kensington. We believe that the reason our council has bought the Wornington site at such a know-down price is to sell it off to developers for so-called luxury flats.

Yesterday’s merger vote was called off after  intervention from Anne Milton, the Governments’ Skills Minister and Richard Atkins the FE commissioner who was brought in after a continued effort by our local campaigners to save our college. The merger is now subject to review. 

Both the interim  management of KCC and EHWLC are stating that they they believe a “super college” is best to provide further education to those in our community – we say otherwise as our less than trustworthy local authority RBKC  has the freehold,  the previous management of the college -no not the staff, students and courses offered, put it into a less than desirable financial state and that we believe this the full matter of governance of this College over some years   deserves full and fair investigation.

THINK stand with our community and  the Save Wornington College campaign, do  not take anything for granted and ask our readers to support our community in the most difficult of times and add your support to the petition (which is still running)  here:

https://www.change.org/p/mary-curnock-cook-chair-of-corporation-of-kcc-and-the-board-of-governors-save-wornington-college

We also decided , alongside the campaigners, to present our “Piglet-Pie award”  (named after former RBKC leader Nick Paget-Brown, who is nicknamed “Piglet” and lied and showed continual arrogance towards our local community) to the KCC management  for their less than honest behaviour towards our community, college staff and students  yesterday, but management overreacted  to a peaceful gathering outside and insisted that security lock the doors. We left had to choice but to leave it outside for them to collect!


As we have stated previously, our community in North Kensington will take years and decades to recover from the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. The education of many in our community will be severely affected as so many are traumatised.

Today we received a disgraceful comment on our last Wornington College post that we didn’t publish, but in the interests of freedom of speech, here it is:

“It really is a shame. Kensington and Chelsea college are in dire need of help. No idea what the locals expect to happen if this merger doesn’t go ahead? Do they think they’ve saved the college? The broke college with bad leadership? It’ll fade away. Also, could be me, but is this not shamefully using Grenfell? Shocking.”

Now we have received far worse from trolls in the past and have learnt to grow a thicker skin – but this anonymous email was linked  to sites linked with “asset relocations”!

Dirty tricks by some proponents of the merger who stand to cash in big-time on selling off our College? We think so!

We will just point out to whoever this is that  THINKers and supporters of both  our blog and the Save Wornington Campaign  are not only affected by Grenfell, but that we were invited to the Save Wornington College meetings by our friend Edward Daffarn who is a survivor from Grenfell Tower and a former student of Wornington College.

Grenfell is and always has been, part of our community. Many are traumatised and bereaved will need support on various levels and Wornington College provides fantastic educational support for all  to many in and around the community  – we need a community college in North Kensington now more than ever.

If some people really wish to go into mudslinging and accusations we warn  the management at both corporations and our council  that some know more about your antics  and dubious activities than they may let on- our community will do everything we can to prevent them plundering our life chances for your pure financial gain.

We haven’t even started on some of those  involved in the mismanagement of our College and their less than transparent behaviour, but have no fear – we will – as we said before, this isn’t over.

We are grateful to all who have supported, signed and shared. The petition now has over 1,600 signatures – do sign, share and add  your support to save our College if you haven’t done so already.

We are thankful to Anne Milton and Richard Atkins for at least putting a hold on things and hope they and others will use this time to listen closely  to  what our community really needs, not what outsiders running corporations and their  desire to make a huge profit and salary want.

THINK stand with the Save Wornington College campaign and thank everyone so far who has supported this campaign – thank   you from the heart of our community in North Kensington.

Ben Goldsmith and his ” party people” : Friends in low places

This is Ben Goldsmith, he is the Eton-educated son of the late Sir James Goldsmith and younger brother of Zac and Jemima.

For those who like Mr Goldsmith, appear to be unfamiliar to North Kensington and our community, let THINK point out to them that the Silent Walk for Grenfell occurs in our community on the 14th of every month – this is a time for remembrance and reflection as we mourn the loss of many in our community and hope and campaign for justice.

When did Mr Goldsmith decide to hold his Christmas party then? Yes that’s right on the same day as the very same  Silent Walk that was held six months after Grenfell.

Now in some locations there might not appear to be anything wrong with that, but where exactly  did Mr Goldsmith and his upper class friends decide to have their shindig?  Yes, unbelievably he decided to have his party at the Maxilla Social Club which is opposite Grenfell Tower and at the end of the route of the Silent Walk.

We know the Maxilla Social Club  and those who run it very well. It is a nice unpretentious , down to earth local venue where many meetings and parties in our local community are held. We do not recognise it to be a well-known destination for celebrity parties so we were rather perplexed as to why there and then.

But before we questioned if Mr Goldsmith had been drilling a few holes in his head, like Rock Feilding-Mellen’s parents or something, as we were confused as to how anyone could make such a stupid and tasteless decision as to the date and venue for his party.

It gets worse, there was an incident, a supposed fight that broke out at Mr Goldsmith’s party. Goldsmith and his other chums in the right wing press actually  attempted to shift the blame for this on to  locals!

His pals in some sections of the press depicted this as “extremists storming” the venue. Goldsmith himself  also posted this on Twitter:

He described the party to the Daily Mail (where else?!)  as being  “a low-key affair in a working men’s club with people drinking beer, not champagne” Well we wonder why Z- list “celebs”were posing for press  photos in their party dresses outside there then.

THINK later spoke to the proprietors of the Maxilla Club who informed us in fact that there was no “bottle throwing” and the few troublemakers who attended the party were not even local!
In fact some at his party disrespected the silence and also interrupted speeches made by survivors and the bereaved.

We also hope that the Maxilla Social Club is not blamed as they are merely a small business trying to make a living under difficult circumstances – unsurprisingly not everyone in this local community is feeling up to having a party there after Grenfell and THINK will continue to support this friendly and welcoming local venue.

We can also point out that Ben Goldsmith, who  is described  as an “environmentalist” and “financier”  but does not actually appear to have a proper  job other than chucking his money around to his many various friends  and interests in supposedly high places, is quite a fan of parties, in particular the Conservative Party which he is known to support and donate to.

Let THINK tell Goldsmith and his chums that their  friends at the Rotten Tory  Borough  now- sinking once considered a  “flagship” of a council are where we firmly put the blame over Grenfell. They set up the TMO management structure, they put the flammable  cladding on the Tower and they consistently ignored warnings and concerns from the residents there over fire safety.

Any attempts to smear our community with untrue  claims of “hooded gangs” disrupting Ben Goldsmith’s  “event” are rightly treated by many here with dismissal. We cannot imagine  any of them ever being welcome in the Maxilla Club again or indeed in most of the local venues in North Kensington ever again.

We believe that this whole PR  exercise from Mr Goldsmith has from the start been an orchestrated smear campaign that points towards his Tory friends and their plans for social cleansing here targeted  against the North Kensington community and the Grenfell survivors and bereaved  – beyond tasteless.

Maybe Ben Goldsmith and his chums  can by way of some sort of apology, reach into their pockets and spare some small change out of their  many millions and donate to Christmas for Grenfell  here:

https://www.gofundme.com/christmas-for-grenfell

We also ask  them to. look at the picture below of our community coming together in peace, love and unity, just to remind themselves of whose event really caused disturbance and distress to whose……..

The Rotten Borough and their attitude towards Grenfell  – You would think it never had happened

Here is the latest edition of what THINK call “the Rotten Trumpeter”, aka “Royal Borough ” -RBKC’s own in-house newspaper. This is the front page: do you notice anything missing?

Let’s try the next page: 

No – not anything either, let’s try the next page: 

Is anyone also feeling like this local authority exists in a parallel universe yet?

Then finally on page 7 (seriously we’re not joking):


Honestly somebody would think there would have never been an entirely preventable disaster in which at least 71 people lost their lives – if they didn’t have to live with the consequences  plus the many bereaved and the traumatised locals who  saw it happening and now live seeing sight of  so much loss in  a now burnt out shell of the Tower around the corner on a daily basis. It says it all about the Rotten Borough’s attitude if they would rather bury Grenfell in the back pages and forget about all affected just to save face.

On page 12 there is a “Leader’s editorial” titled “The Power of Community” –  by Elizabeth “Dizzy Lizzy” Campbell , the leader of RBKC  – yes, that refers to our community  –  that stepped in when this  local authority wanted to sit on its cushy £274million reserves and couldn’t be bothered until the rest of the country and the media began to take notice of this councils’  continual neglect of Grenfell survivors, bereaved and other local residents in North Kensington.

In it she says “my message to people in this borough is to be patient”  well it is rather too late for that Dizzy Lizzy. Don’t  bother your tiny head with  the glaring social inequalities that existed in the borough before the fire, just pretend they didn’t exist either.

With only 42 of the survivors permanently rehoused  and Dizzy Lizzy and her cabinet cohorts attempting to make out that it is because they can’t decide on their housing  – let us point out that RBKC only built just 10 homes in the last 28 years, and in an attempt to make up for the huge shortfall after the media storm that rightly happened after their “Grenfell non-response”,  they paid £40million to Notting Hill Housing in complete ignorance of the fact that housing association will only provide new tenants with new tenancies under the law as it stands now and the terms of their rules.

That means that Grenfell survivors who previously had lifetime  secure tenancies (which were abolished by the previous coalition Government) will under other terms have fewer rights only receive a “flexible” fixed term five year tenancy under a housing association – which  is  a key reason why so few offers  are being taken up.

We suppose RBKC  are at least now buying properties outright but may of us were saying that they should be doing this and offering like for like tenancies from the start.

We believe that Dizzy Lizzy and her Rotten Borough colleagues have thrown £40 million down the drain and will now have to attempt to push these  housing association properties and tenancies  on to those already  on their waiting lists before Grenfell. Their level of incompetence is beyond belief.

All because they expected to carry on with “business as usual”, that the glare of the nation’s media would go away and hoped that many survivors would just give up and just take whatever there was on the table.

THINK have nothing but admiration for those who have lost everything but still fight and stand up for their rights and nothing but contempt for those who to try to suppress and condemn others to suffering.

RBKC did have plans before the Grenfell  Tower disaster to socially cleanse most of Notting Dale Ward (the council Ward that Grenfell   Tower is in ) . The flammable cladding that was put on the Tower  was meant to make  it look more aesthetically pleasing to the private homes that are still being built in the other side of Kensington Leisure Centre and for the ones that had been planned to go on the Silchester Estate.

Grenfell survivors have more reasons than most to distrust housing rules and local authorities –  and who can blame them?

Grenfell: Six months on : Yesterday’s Silent Walk

Yesterday many from our community  and beyond came togeether to show support for all affected by Grenfell. Not only was there the Silent Walk, but also a fundraiser put together by friend of THINK, Crispin Flintoff – we thank all who took part

In the show of remembrance, solidarity, strength, unity and resolve,  THINK are encouraged after a very difficult and long day, to further campaign towards getting justice for those who are no longer with us and the bereaved and  to  get the council and the Government to ensure that all survivors, bereaved  and many others in the vicinity of Grenfell are not ignored and are provided with  the right level of  help and support.

We thank everyone who has given their  their time, money, thoughts and donated items to all affected by the fire.

We also hope many of  our readers would like  to help many of the survivors and bereaved and bring some much-needed cheer at Christmas  – and donate to Christmas for Grenfell here:

https://www.gofundme.com/christmas-for-grenfell

Yesterday was a difficult but important day for us and we are in need of some time out for a day or two to restore ourselves back to usual so we have enough strength in order to campaign for our community effectively.

We also ask people to sign this petition to parliament to restore public confidence in the inquiry :

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/206722

We also would like to say  thank you to so many for the wonderful and kind messages of support that we have received.

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Grenfell: Six months on. Silent march tonight – please join us

It is is six months since the Grenfell Tower fire occurred on the 14th of June  and at least 71 members of our community lost their lives. We ask all on this day to remember everyone affected; those who are no longer with us and their relatives, friends and neighbours.

Join THINK this evening for the silent march at 6:30pm at Notting Hill Methodist church, Lancaster Road, W11.

This is a day of remembrance, and one that is filled with sadness and anger, but also hope and resolve.

We must ensure that a disaster on this scale never happens again, we must find answers to all the questions we have and hold those people responsible  to account. Above all, our community needs to stand together and stay strong as we remember those who are no longer with us.

This was our post on the following day:

https://thisisnorthkensington.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/grenfell-tower-fire/

We also thank many others from across London, the U.K. and all over the world for your support and encouragement.

Today will be the last silent march before Christmas and we ask all to think of the many survivors who will be spending the festive season living in temporary accommodation.

For those of you who cannot make it to North Kensington this evening,  we ask our readers to please either donate or share to Christmas for Grenfell and help bring some much-needed cheer to many members of our community.

https://www.gofundme.com/christmas-for-grenfell

If some if our readers cannot make it and they are on Twitter, our community invites them to light a candle, write #ACandle4Grenfell on a piece of paper and #Silentwalk and share on a picture:

Lets stand together united in remembrance and peace and pledge to do everything we all can to ensure the wellbeing of others and that no other preventable  disasters of this scale ever take place in this country ever again.

 

THINK  are  today not our usual satirical acerbic selves as today  is for  remembering Grenfell, the victims,the survivors, the bereaved and  neighbours and all who care about our  North Kensington community. We are a  local community blog and would not be anywhere without the support and kindness of others.

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Grenfell: Six months on – a personal account from one of our THINKers

“There had been a positive change in the area, an election win that the North of the borough had achieved. I had been up for numerous days and nights in my efforts to work for this and was very exhausted. I went to bed and then woke up in the early hours and realise I had forgot to put the rubbish out.

I do not recall what time it was, but when I went out to the bins in my back garden, my sleep-deprived mind thought it was playing tricks on me – but did I really see Grenfell Tower on fire? Did I see people or debris falling from there? Did I hear lots of noise? I was so over-tired – it was impossible to know.

I went back to bed, thinking “oh, you’re just seeing things” and slept. In the morning, I was woken up by friends phoning me up saying “Grenfell Tower is on fire” and asking after friends there.

I just bolted out of bed in shock, and ran out of the door and round the corner, to see the burning ember of a building where some of my friends lived. Some of this I don’t remember in the right order, but do remember running down the street in various directions, going into the then very crowded Rugby club, Harrow Club and Latymer Centre and attempting to ask for my friends to no avail. I recall being in tears and dropping my keys just outside my door and bending down to pick them up only to find someone shoving a camera in my face – guess they just wanted a picture of a “grieving local” or something.

I went home. The scenes outside were now virtually apocalyptic, with helicopters constantly going,  huge crowds in quiet residential streets media everywhere and at least five news vans parked in my little street alone.

I remember receiving some calls and messages to know that some friends were alive – but were now homeless. I even put on the television to check that I hadn’t gone completely mad and that this was really happening. There were people I knew personally in my neighbouring streets, being interviewed on the live news.

Most of that day and quite a few days afterwards I can only remember in patches – sometimes  you don’t want to know where you were when you hear that friends and neighbours needlessly lost their lives and you just go “why?” – but I don’t think most people can relate to living by what is a disaster zone and losing many friends and neighbours like this.

The one  positive  thing I saw from day one was the sight of many good people from our community and beyond, donating things , bringing practically everything you can think of here. I remember a family trying to get me to take some of the food they had cooked – but I certainly wasn’t up to eating anything.

As days went past, it got easier when the media  presence in the area lessened but more personally difficult to hear of friends missing or deceased.. There were  also people I just knew by seeing them around regularly and some I also remember chatting to in the street. It doesn’t feel real or right to then see them on a missing poster or hear  that they passed away in the Tower.

Some of us would just burst into tears and wail in the middle of the street or randomly hug each other – we just cared about our friends and neighbours and to hell with what anyone else thought.

I had night terrors about it for ages and even had to replace a mattress after constantly wetting the bed – which sounds ridiculous for a grown adult.

It was around a week later when my shock also took on anger and a huge rage took over me and I had trouble containing it. There is also a memory of me walking miles without any purpose – it ended with an unplanned visit to hospital after falling over  and no, I have no idea of how or why I walked to North London.

These days I get by throwing myself into my work and not stopping. I’m very proud of my community which came together to support each other  and ashamed of a council and a system that condemned so many innocent members of them to death. If something you can do can make any sort of difference, then it is the least you can do.

Now it feels as if there is  a charred shell of the Grenfell Tower where once peoples’ homes and families’ lives used to be  and also this huge empty space in our local community and sometimes you walk down the road and almost expect to see someone walking their dogs  or doing their shopping and remembering the children’s play area outside Grenfell Tower and you know those people, young and old, men women , children – are not here anymore.

If people from outside do not exactly  understand why a close-knit community has become closer than ever –  let me try to explain – the way that some relatives and friends still act towards me : many still do not know how to speak to me – it’s almost as if there is a line that some are afraid to cross -“don’t do this or say that in front of her” and you just want to be treated as a normal human being. I do not blame them of course – it is just that some do not simply know what to do or say.

Today still, all my friends who survived are still living in hotels, there are some mysterious “Grenfell command” Police who do not appear to be accountable to anyone guarding what we all around here regard as a crime scene, the council are still in charge and they appear to be propped up by the Government purely  for party political reasons.

Most of us here will never forget what happened and we intend to hold our local authority and government to account over this. We will always remember many in our community who lost their lives in a needless and entirely preventable disaster and myself and many others here will not let anyone ever forget.”

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Save Wornington College campaign press release and petition to stop the merger


This is our friend Edward Daffarn, he is a survivor from Grenfell Tower and he is also a former student of Wornington College. He is a passionate and dedicated campaigner and friend who alerted us to the possible closure of the college which changed his life.

Regular readers of our blog will know that we care deeply about our local community college and we at THINK believe that keeping the KCC Wornington Road site open  will help  many in our North Kensington community, particularly after Grenfell Tower.

The Save Wornington College campaign, which we support, have  informed us that Givernment ministers have intervened and now the FE commissioner has been sent in. requested that we post their press release on here – we ask all to read  it and also to sign the Save Wornington College petition. here:

https://www.change.org/p/mary-curnock-cook-chair-of-corporation-of-kcc-and-the-board-of-governors-save-wornington-college

We stand with the Save Wornington College campaign and say that the proposed merger with Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College will likely mean the end of provision of further education in North Kensington, which will affect the lives of many in our already. traumatised community.

We also believe that the future closure of our College could severely affect many local small businesses, particularly in Golborne Road, and such as loss of  what is a valuable and popular community hub would have a negative impact on the area as a whole. Please support the campaign to save Wornington College and to stop the proposed  merger with EHWLC:

12 December 2017 Save Wornington College Campaign​​​URGENT

Ministers intervene in the fight for North Kensington College in the wake of Grenfell

“This is unprecedented in the history of FE that a government minister has intervened as a result of pressure from a campaign group.” Margaret McDonald Save Wornington Campaign

Members of the North Kensington community have met with Further Education Commissioner, Richard Atkins, in an attempt to halt a merger that they insist is neither good for provision nor legal. Following an emergency meeting on 21st November between Kensington and Chelsea College campaigners and Anne Milton, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, the Commissioner was asked to conduct an urgent review of the proposed merger with Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, taking the community’s many concerns into account. Atkins is due to make his recommendations by the end of the week, having met with representatives of both colleges, RBKC and the MPs and local organisations, who the campaigners claim were not consulted, in breach of statutory guidelines.

 

In a further blow to the governing bodies claims of an “unprecedented” 172 responses to their consultation efforts, students at the college appeared to have only discovered the possibility of the merger as they faced the Commissioner at last week’s visit to the college. Many of those students who were aware of the merger are already part of a petition to stop it, with well over one thousand supporters. That is due to be handed to the KCC governing body ahead of a critical meeting on the 18th December.

 

‘The lack of proper procedure with regards to the merger, alongside the lack of positive management have caused outrage amongst all students at KCC. As a smaller college with a well established track record far exceeding that of Ealing College, the fear is that this unique learning environment serving a real need in the local community will be swallowed up by the larger institution. Listen to our voices, we value our college in North Kensington’

Carina Sjunnesson, student

 

On the 18th of December the board of KCC will either vote to dissolve and hand all assets and liabilities to EHWLC – or not. If KCC votes to dissolve, on the 21st of December, the board of EHWLC meets to accept all assets and liablities – or not.

There is no legally binding guarantee that EHWLC will maintain and grow education provision in North Kensington. EHWLC has a track record of cutting provision.. FE is underfunded, so this merger appears to be just a slower death of provision in RBKC.

The community, staff and students are hoping Richard Atkins will put forward a better way in his recommendations, because this merger is destructive for education, training, the community and equal opportunities.

 

If the decision to merge does go ahead, the campaign have instructed a solicitor with a view to commencing a Judicial Review. There will be a demonstration outside the Hortensia Road site on 18 December. Please contact the Save Wornington Campaign for updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tory Chainsaw Massacre

Cllr Julie Mills (pictured above) in her role as chair of the Kensington Chelsea and Fulham Conservative association has been culling many of the RBKC Tory councillors recently.

Many of our readers will have heard the very good news that Daniel Moylan is quitting.

His statement here:

http://www.danielmoylan.com/?page_id=297

Today some of our local friends have also spotted  “Dinosaur Dave” David Lindsay going into Julie Mills’ house looking very glum – is he next we wonder?

Maybe Catherine Faulks might consider downing a few espressos before the next meeting of the Grenfell Response scrutiny committee  so as to not be caught falling asleep  there again?

Here are a few others  we suggest that Cllr Mills may wish to consider for the chop in order to restore any confidence within ranks and to not have a total collapse of the Tory vote next May:

– Cllr Malcolm Spalding

– Cllr Mary Weale

– Cllr Quentin Marshall

– Cllr Anne Cyron

– Cllr Matthew Palmer

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry needs to give survivors and the bereaved more involvement: Please sign the petition: 

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The procedural hearings for the Grenfell Tower Inquiry took part yesterday and today.

There have been many concerns in our community raised about the inquiry and about judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick himself. See this Grenfell Action Group  blog post here:

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/grenfell-tower-public-inquiry/

There are also concerns about diversity and equality on the inquiry panel. See this by Justice 4 Grenfell here:

https://justice4grenfell.org/press-release/j4g-press-release-12th-dec-2017/

There have also been concerns raised that many of the bereaved are not being directly involved in the inquiry.

THINK believe  that while it  is important up fully investigate the building, material used in the refurbishment and the cause of the fire, we say it is crucial that our community have their voices heard in the inquiry.

Last week we heard that some survivors may boycott the inquiry. See this Guardian article here:

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/01/grenfell-survivors-public-inquiry-bigger-role

We believe that the survivors and bereaved families deserve some input into the  inquiry as many in our community are losing confidence in it.

THINK  therefore give our full support to this petition calling for Theresa May to take action to build public trust in the inquiry
We urge all our readers who care deeply about our North Kensington community and all affected by Grenfell to  please sign it. Our community more than fully deserves  respect , truth, accountability,  and justice.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/206722

In the words of Michael Mansfield QC who is representing many families at the inquiry : “People have given warnings about this before. In a community that has been ignored, what has happened since then has not restored their confidence. There’s a distinct feeling that they have not been involved”.

Not only Daniel Moylan, but Catherine Faulks also appears to be falling asleep on the job

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We published  the disgraceful pictures of Daniel Moylan sleeping at the Grenfell Scrutiny Committee – he is vice chairman and we say he should resign.

But now someone has just sent us some pictures of RBKC’s Tory Cllr Catherine “Lady False” Faulks appearing to be just about nodding off too.

It must be so much of an  exhausting ordeal when her personal shopper at Selfridges brings her the wrong  choice of outfits or when she cannot get a table at her favourite Michelin-starred restaurant that it must simply take a toll on her ladyship!

THINK reminds her that only 42 Grenfell survivors have been permanently rehoused and many now face spending  Christmas in temporary accommodation, many survivors, bereaved and traumatised members of our community are still not receiving all the help they need –  maybe she should spend some more time around here and meet some people who really know what stress and exhaustion is like.

We previously posted about  Faulks and her “responses” to our community back in August:

https://thisisnorthkensington.wordpress.com/2017/08/17/cllr-catherine-lady-false-faulks-the-shaming-of-the-shrew/

We say to Lady False  who gets off lightly for not actually sleeping there – that if we ever catch you not giving the  committee your full concentration again, we will call for your resignation, just like we are calling for Cllr Moylan’s. We also notice that fellow Tory councillor Sarah Addenbrooke appears to be more concerned with her sleepy colleague!

Maybe some who have more consideration for those affected by Grenfell than Rotten Tories Moylan and Faulks would like to donate to Christmas for Grenfell and ensure that the survivors and the bereaved have something of a decent Christmas here:

https://www.gofundme.com/christmas-for-grenfell

We warn all involved that this is a very serious issue  and deserves local councillors’ full attention. Maybe also Cllr Faulks can reach into her designer handbag and contribute? We also say that  an apology is in order – our community deserves better.