A different sort of ‘SURVIVOR’

When the Nazi bombers visited London almost nightly; when the buildings blazed and collapsed; when the survivors emerged into the autumn dawn, blinking in the daylight many thought they would never see again, they were met with a veritable vision of the apocalypse in miniature.

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So you are a survivor of the Blitz. Your home has been flattened and then burnt, as have eighty-five other homes in the East-End street where you lived. Your family survived alongside you because you took the warnings to heart after the seventh straight night of Nazi bombers distributing their high-explosive cargo liberally from the mean streets and warehouses of the East End of London to the offices, churches and shops of Central London. But you, and yours, have survived. You are met with kindness, sympathy and whatever help is available. Those survivors, and there were plenty of them, walked to work, got lodgings with friends, family, perfect strangers. There were communal street washing stations, where a family could clean their meagre belongings. Many moved full time into the Tube Stations despite Government protestations of the dangers. But the one thing which ruled was the simple fact; the truth, that no-one was entitled to anything! The War had come to cities, and it was the British people who fought back by waking up and attempting to carry on as normal, despite the complete absence of true normality.

Compare that time of true danger, with the stories now emerging from the Grenfell Tower survivors. True, the initial response from the Council was disastrously slow; but one has to ask how many other Councils have disaster plans which encompass the enormity of what happened at Grenfell Tower? The answer, if truth be told, would be virtually none. But the response began to emerge, and people were given temporary accommodation, and cash, and the volunteers (especially the high-profile Mossies) flooded in, because nothing speaks like ‘Look; we care’ than a line of people passing packages (which will more than likely never ever be used). Then the City of London stepped in, and bought a slab of ‘affordable flats’ next to a swish development, and stated that many families would be able to occupy the new flats when completed, which would be in late July/August.

But the choosy buggers surviving people are refusing alternative temporary accommodation because:-

  • We don’t want to move twice, or
  • It isn’t up to my high standards, and unsuitable, or
  • Its a basement flat, and in on a busy street, or
  • Its away from my Borough, where I used to live, and I can’t have that, or
  • Its a long way for the school run, and its not near my GP’s surgery
  • There are too many evil spirits near the flats and we cannot return!

 

Well, thats it then, they’ll have to stay in the hotels, because we cannot get hold of an experienced and licensed Exorcist before September at least!

Latest News …….Grenfell Inquiry Chair(man/woman/person/it) Chosen

Further to the three-year-long frantic search for someone suitable and ‘acceptable’ to the ‘Blessed survivors of the Capitalist Fire-Drenched Tower’. It has been announced that, after a nationwide database search, a suitably qualified Black, Lesbian, Disabled, Small Person, transgendered Sunni Muslim, who can actually both speak and write English, albeit as a third language; has been chosen to head the augmented Inquiry.

The terms of the Inquiry, which range from:-

  • the iniquity of making people live in such dangerous places, instead of being set up in Millionaire’s Row in Hampstead,

  • through the true and real reasons why the vote for Labour was actually worse in 2017 than the 2010 result, (ignoring the huge rise in MPVs [Muslim Postal Votes]) which were machine-marked to the locaL LABOUR candidates;

  • through the real reasons why the Council was forced to use EU Regulation-compliant cladding, despite the Residents’ calls for cladding manufactured in the Emirates, and available through the friend, of a friend, who knew a fella’ with good connections in Dubai, which was only twice the price;

  • Why many of the Tower’s residents were forced to apply for asylum in compliance with the criminally-discriminatory policies of this truly-Fascist Tory Government, instead of being able to walk in and sign up for all the Social Welfare Benefits available, like they can do in France/Germany/Sweden;

  • Why the Fire Crews did not buy extension ladders such as the HLA F-112 from Bronto, which might have reached the top floors, despite the crippling cost of each vehicle; and was the real reason being that there were only Ethnic Minorities housed in the tower blocks, and they didn’t really count;

  • The Inquiry to ascertain why there was no Action Plan for such a disaster, despite there being no other Council across the Four Nations with anything remotely similar;

  • The Inquiry to confirm the decisions of the Council when dismissing, without compensation, any Council employees who asked any questions at all, of anyone who stated that they were survivors who did not have any documentation to prove whom they were, on the reasonable excuse that everything had been burnt up in the blaze.

  • The Inquiry to further exact a financial penalty from the Home Office for the iniquitous behaviour of refusing to settle, immediately, with both Permanent Residence and British Passports; the 21,734 relatives who had travelled vast distances to attend funerals of their loved ones; even though such proof of that relationship was never, ever, gained.

..have now been finalised, excepting anything more than the ‘Survivors’ group can come up with.