Camden council: we ordered fire-proof #cladding but flammable fitted #Grenfell


In breaking news, it has emerged that Camden council in London commissioned cladding works specifying that fire-resistant cladding panels be used – but its testing has revealed that the same, flammable HDPE (high-density polyethylene) panels were used in the works – turning a building into another potential Grenfell Tower.

Journalist Pete Apps broke the news on his Twitter feed:

apps camden.pngwith an image of a section from a council bulletin on the testing and the likelihood of consequent legal action:

apps camden2.pngAccording to Apps, the cladding contract was awarded to Rydon and sub-contracted to Harley Facades – the same arrangement as took place with Grenfell Tower. The council has announced the urgent removal of the panels from the Chalcot Estate:

camdengov.pngThis will come as grim news to survivors and neighbours of Grenfell Tower and will certainly feed into the Met’s criminal investigation.

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The #Grenfell ‘demolition order’ is not what it looks like


There are a lot of rumours circulating on social media today about a ‘demolition’ notice found on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) website relating to Grenfell Tower in 2014:

DEM 14.pngThe SKWAWKBOX contacted RBKC about this and, although the initial answer from the council was an entirely non-responsive and unhelpful one about the causes of the fire, which had no relation to the question asked, eventually a relevant answer was received:

‘The building works under FP/14/03563’ relate to the refurbishment that are believed to be linked to the rapid spread of the fire, so the demolition notice is not completely irrelevant to the disaster, but it is not, at least according to…

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Excl: fire-safety expert ‘tests/inspections a sham’. Millions at risk #Grenfell #mustread


tarling2.pngArnold Tarling

Fire-safety expert Arnold Tarling is a man who has found sudden and unlooked-for fame after a deeply-moving and equally worrying TV interview in which he broke down as he spoke of warning three years ago of the threat posed by the type of cladding used on Grenfell Tower and of bursting into tears at four in the morning last week when he saw the news of the terrible fire:

Tarling is clearly a man completely committed to keeping people safe – and something of an action man, who has been known to abseil down the sides of buildings to carry out safety checks, although all he says on the matter is, “I’m not your typical surveyor”.

Mr Tarling very kindly spoke at some length to the SKWAWKBOX about his fears for the safety of residents, the warnings he gave – and the vast, barely-scratched fire threat facing hundreds…

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Where are the empty homes in Kensington?

Who owns England?

Image: The Grenfell Tower fire. Natalie Oxford, Wikimedia Commons.

As the nightmare of the Grenfell Tower disaster continues to unfold, one of the many painful questions being asked by survivors is: ‘Where are we going to live now?’

Kensington & Chelsea Council have still been unable to give firm assurances that residents will be rehoused in the area, issuing a statement on Friday afternoon (later contradicted) that “Given the number of households involved, it is possible the council will have to explore housing options that may become available in other parts of the capital”.

On Friday, the Times reported that Jeremy Corbyn had an alternative solution. “Corbyn: seize properties of the rich for Grenfell homeless” ran its above-the-fold headline (£). This was not, of course, what Corbyn had actually proposed, as the article itself revealed. In a parliamentary debate, the Labour leader had suggested that “Properties must be found…

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Charlie Dickinson of Liverpool wrote this. This whole country needs to read it #Grenfell


grenfell isolationThe text below was sent to the SKWAWKBOX by a Twitter follower. The people of Liverpool have a particular affinity with the victims of the Grenfell fire, because they know what happened at Hillsborough, how the Establishment tried to blame the victims – which they see happening already over Grenfell Tower – and because they know how hard it is to get justice when the rich and powerful close ranks.

One Liverpool man wrote his thoughts on Grenfell Tower, on how it fits in the overall pattern of what’s happened to this country over the last three decades or so. It’s powerful. It’s damning.

And its final lines need to be a wake-up call for a country that has tolerated the Establishment narrative for far too long.

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Told you #May can’t negotiate – #DUP deal falling thru, Tories preparing for new GE


As the SKWAWKBOX showed yesterday, Theresa May unforgivably used the Grenfell Tower tragedy as cover for her inability to reach an agreement with the DUP’s Arlene Foster, by claiming the further delay in the announcement of a deal was because of the terrible fire.

Foster flew home to Northern Ireland and the Tories claimed juniors were hashing out the final details.

But this morning, the Conservatives are spreading word to their activists to prepare for a new General Election – which can only mean there is no deal, or at best a slim and receding prospect of one.

Arch-Tory site Guido Fawkes gave the game away:

wickham.pngOf course, the article does not admit it’s because May is useless and the DUP negotiations are failing, but he does make the astonishing claim that CCHQ (Tory headquarters) were ‘caught unprepared’ by May’s announcement of the last election:

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Please Please help us

This is a plea for our nations disabled citizens on Election day it really is an important one, to us at least

Since 2010 most of you will have read the almost constant barrage of abuse from the dept of work and pensions and its contractors of death the list is almost endless and often appear on social media.

I am an SAH/Stroke Survivor living in poverty with most of my support now gone in those 7 years of Tory destruction my income is just the middle rate of DLA and I fear losing that too if the Tories win, it is a reality.

I cannot cry in joy or anger as that part of my brain is damaged so I try to express myself in word whether spoken or typed but even that is not great so often suffer in silence.

However I not complain about my  SAH/Stroke, it has given me gifts too in that I believe I am a better man post SAH/Stroke as I have more compassion and empathy for my fellow citizens it is why I believe in Jeremy’s aim of reuniting society that has been divided so much of recent years.

The Tory Party has a lot more under there sleeve by way of cuts to services and support for the disabled if they win another term we can take no more, this will be shit and bust and I may as well head to dignitas.

But we are not alone as a group of citizens Austerity which is just a Tory political choice did not have to be that way we have all paid the price in some form or another with eroded public services that we all depend on in times of need they are the things that unite us and cause a breakdown in society.

They are in fact more important than brexit as they define how strong a nation we are and set the foundation to absorb the fallout leaving the EU will bring, it is why we need the Labour Manifesto as we will be best placed as families and wider society.

You will get the press, media and Tory supporters saying it can’t be done that is absolute baloney but ask yourselves why they say that and you will find the answer, nothing is further from the truth it an be done and the majority of citizens will be better of for it whether that is a £10 an hour minimum wage by 2020 whether that is having a stable job with rights to protect you from day one, whether that is having an education from cradle to grave constantly learning at no cost to you or indeed a health service with some of our best professionals the best in the world free at point of need for all.

We have done all these things before and the nation was no worse off for it either and all of these things keep our economy going with happy healthy citizens.

We have a golden opportunity were power lies with us for just one day lets all use it well and reset the UNITED KINGDOM

VOTE Labour for me and you and put Jeremy Corbyn a man of peace who CAN achieve great things in Number 10 tomorrow.




Looks like the HRA is back on Tory agenda

So tonight we learn that Theresa May wants another stab at trying to remove our rights all in the name of Terrorists, Hey nothing like punishing citizens for something they had no part in but then that is Tory Mantra as Austerity has proved.

Govt and Justice has an abundance of legislation to deal with terrorists.

She does not have to do this and her reasons are a lame excuse when all she has to do is insert a clause into the said act stating that known terrorists will be excluded from the act.

Simple and can be done in a matter of days via Statutory Instrument and would no doubt get cross party support.

I don’t know about you but I am getting mighty pissed off with this Govt abusing its citizens with an abundance of legislation that attacks and does nothing to uniting the populace.




Dialogue and Context

Dialogue and Context these are two words many fail to get a grip off when discussing Corbyn and his misconceived connection with undesirables.

Jeremy Corbyn throughout his 30+ years of political life has always tried to go that extra mile in achieving peace indeed that is why he was awarded  The Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award for 2013 which is not awarded lightly but rather nominees are well researched.

He goes that extra mile to open dialogue with those who seek to destroy that does not come easy and often takes some unusual moves but you cant take that away from him for trying as his aim has always been honourable.

During this election campaign I have witnessed much baloney accusing him of being a terrorist sympathizer nothing is further from the truth if it was he would not have brought us the excellent manifesto, if it was he would not be drawing such vast numbers of citizens at every event he goes too indeed we are lumbered by just a few people who cannot see the wood from the trees and believe the copious amounts of press and media bullshit which is mostly taken out of context and spun do you really think an active man from the Stop the War campaign would be a terrorist sympathizer, it is laughable.

No one doubts the methods he used to open dialogue but then we should not doubt the reasons for doing so as he is and always has been a peace negotiator and for gods sake it is just the qualities we need now running this nation given the recent brutal atrocities in Manchester and London.

He is the only one with the tenacity that understands the issues of terrorism we face and the only one who will go the extra mile to find ways to open dialogue to negotiation which was something this nation was good at and why fighting fire with fire is not and never will be the best option of which must always be the last option as doing so will escalate and lead to full blown war.

I request that you see mainstream media as a source to research the article and not take it at face value as they have there own agenda read books, magazines, websites and blogs at take you opinion from a variety of sources as that is the only way we can come to a more informed opinion.




Go On, Give me one good reason to Vote Tory.

Back in 1986 I was a young 23 year old with a life ahead of me having got married in the May of that year I was at the time a Tory voter following in my families tradition and at the time had nothing to doubt them in my young mind but my, how views change over the years as you read here.

My wife’s mum had a 4 bedroom council house and with her children growing up and moving out it was decided that we would set up home there as it had 2 spare bedrooms as my wife and her mum was only taking up two of them and as the council was trying to force her out into a one bedroom property if my wife moved out this seemed the logical choice in the short term at least.

Then came along Thatchers right to buy which at the time further reinforced my intentions to vote Tory so we went ahead and looked into this and found that her mum could live out her lasting days here if she allowed us to buy it rent free in exchange for her 60% discount so that was the plan we all agreed.

We brought the house for £13,580 but borrowed more as the home was sub standard and needed a lot of work to make it fit for the modern age with central heating, insulation, double glazing, new bathroom and kitchen etc but at the low price of £13,580 it was a price worth doing.

So we was all set mum happily living here with the all memories she had gained since the 60’s close by and a home we could use with enough bedrooms to start a family whilst looking after mum.

I was working full-time and my wife part-time in the evenings as she had children to look after as well as her mum who was depending on her more and more as the years progressed but we was happy with the set up as I would take over in the evenings so she could get out and have what she called free time on her own away from mum and the children but in fact was part-time work in the local co-op it gave her the chance to get out and talk to customers and is why she stayed to this day.

Roll forward to April 1991 and an event happened that would change our lives forever and in the main changed my political outlook over the years to the present.

I had an SAH/Stroke at just 27 years old and was to curtail the plans we had made for the future I had to have a craniotomy and long operation to clip the bleed in the middle cerebral artery which was an aneurysm that had been growing in a weak blood vessel wall from birth and just took its moment to burst – shit happens but live goes on

I was in induced coma for 6 weeks to rest and limit brain activity and lots of physiotherapy followed to get as much use of my right side back I was absolutely keen and adamant to get back to work as soon as possible as my employer paid me full wages throughout the 12 months I was off work and the thought of claiming Disability Living Allowance just never crossed my mind indeed at the time I did not even know what was available to support me and my family through these troubled times no one told me and as my employer never cut my wages it had no concern to me, indeed my thought was there are citizens out there who need it more than me.

It was not until many many years later that I found out that working was not a barrier to claiming DLA and it was an in-work benefit to help with the additional costs of being disabled.

Roll forward to 2007 and the global financial crash was here and my subsequent redundancy, due to employer not being able to get the loans he needed to expand his business and losing contracts meant half the workforce had to go and me being disabled I was on the list times and employers mindsets change I guess over the years just as they had for me.

The redundancy payment I had with erratic wage payments I had due to agency work meant I was able to keep my head above water for 6 months and had hoped to find full time employment in that time but was not the case and even agency work dried up too.

This was the point that I had no choice but to go to DWP for help you see being disabled put me at a disadvantage in the work place due to my disabilities which were both mental and physical but I carried on looking for work and having many interviews without success as I just did not want to be beat by the system that I was finding to be not working for me.

I remember one employer not even giving me an interview and looked at my club right hand and said no you are better off on disability benefits I thought WTF!  I literally walked into the room and walked straight back out again but what could I do as just his word against mine and could not claim discrimination as he was not even my employer.

So here I was a disabled citizen on Incapacity Benefit and middle rate of DLA a substantial reduction in what I was earning and payback for all the years I had worked and claimed nothing perhaps I should have claimed DLA back in 1991 instead of waiting until I had real need in 2007 as I could have saved it all.

Anyone remember that Cunt Cameron saying in 2010 that no one should claim benefits unless they had real need? did he forget many had been doing exactly that  for many years before he made that absolutely dumb statement?

That statement struck a nasty cord and was to be the beginning of my research into politics and in particular the Conservative Party it came at the right time as Austerity was about to bite harder and harder as those 7 years progressed and was to be the force to join and support the Labour Party and what finally swung it was Jeremy Corbyn in Sept 2015

Our beloved mum passed away in March 2016 we take heart in the fact we gave her the best care known to man lived out her final years relatively free of pain with the help of medication and without bed sores that are a pain to so many elderly due to lack of care.

We live on in poverty no longer am I getting ESA as the DWP despite having life long disability thought migrating me to ESA from IB with a 365 Day limit on it was a good idea I still get DLA Care at middle rate but am living in fear of another assessment for PIP and losing that too which will be me with Zero Income.

My wife who was getting Carers allowance at the poultry sum off about £60 a week lost that too a few years ago because she was investigated heaven knows why it was a fuckin kick in the teeth but anyway they said she worked just a few hours sometimes just a few minutes over what was allowed

Trying to juggle the demands of work whilst trying to keep tabs on not going over is no easy task especially when your employer is making request for overtime and you think you are doing the economy a good turn.

What was the result? she lost it all not just the hours she went over but the who bloody lot over £16,000 and that debt she is still paying via attachment whilst her mum is not even here so is a bad memory every time she looks at her wage slip needing me to comfort her every month.

We have saved the Govt not only thousands in DLA but also thousands in caring for our mum ourselves and not putting the burden on the Govt and they know treat us with such disdain.

The Tory Party are not just the #nastyparty but absolute vile without an ounce of care and if any of the DWP ministers knocked on my door now I will snack them on the nose as the GBH charge would be a price worth paying.

My only hope now is the Labour Party are returned to Govt on the June 8th as maybe then I can partake some training to get back to work and forget these sorry years in politics because whilst I will be 54 on June 4th and disabled I still have worth to the economy which Jeremy rightly believes in.

I have postponed my birthday on June 4th and carried it forward to June 9th hopefully it will be a morning I can open those 4 cans of larger I have saved in the fridge!!

#JC4PM all the way