“72 empty seats at anniversary party cry out after long wait for justice for Grenfell Tower victims” – Darren Lewis

A silent Jubilee street party scene with place settings for the dead shows forgotten Grenfell Tower fire families haven’t had time to celebrate for the Queen, says Darren Lewis

No food or laughter at Grenfell Street Party

Just a street party over the weekend did it for me.

No, not the ones you might think. This one was far more urgent. Far more striking and far more poignant.

When table legs across the country groaned to death under the weight of excess drinks and dishes, the honored guests at this restaurant were simply dead.

So no, there was no food, laughter or flag waving.

No pomp, no pomp, no pop concerts and no paper cups full of fizz.

Because five years later, there is still no justice for the 72 people who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower disaster.

There were also no arrests over the June 14, 2017 fire that devastated lives, shocked families and shamed this country.

There were pennants and a table set with grenskin green cups and serviettes.

But the seats remained empty, while the paper plates bore three columns of victims’ names.

Around them the headline: 72 dead. And still no arrests? As?

As crowds crowd the Coronation Route a few miles down the road, a corner of London that has been slowly ignored since the fire that trapped and killed dozens remains silent.

The families of these victims – and their frustrations in their struggle for accountability – could at any time be any of us, with such adeptness as our establishment evades accountability. Support from the local council was poor at the time as ongoing investigations in recent months have reported an indiscriminate resettlement process and some people displaced by the fire who ended up sleeping outdoors.

Worse still was the accusation that the council refused to ask for outside help, fearing it looked overwhelmed.

Indeed, without a hint of irony, officials and politicians are patting themselves on the back for banning the specific type of disguise used at Grenfell Tower last week – even though it took five years for that to happen.

The forgotten ministers also dismissed a key inquiry recommendation – that all disabled tenants be given a personal evacuation plan in the event of a future fire – citing issues such as the cost to landlords.

You can see why the determination of the local people to fight for themselves grows stronger every day.

You have work to do. You don’t have time to party. "72 empty seats at anniversary party cry out after long wait for justice for Grenfell Tower victims" - Darren Lewis

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