On the 14th of every month, hundreds of survivors, community activists and their supporters march in total silence through the borough of Kensington to the remains of Grenfell Tower. It’s a sombre procession, with no paper sellers and sloganeers, no leaders and led - everyone’s presence is equal. Leaving the millionaire villas of Holland Park and approaching the poorer streets of north Kensington, many marchers are visibly moved. The entire clientele of a pub stands outside in silence. Near the Tower, people shake hands with a contingent of firefighters. The marches are growing: Justice for Grenfell remains unattained.
Strange oddities in Newham
John Whitworth, Councillor, London Borough of Newham and aspiring challenger for the mayoral candidacy, reports on the mayoral trigger ballot in Newham
May’s appointment of Sir Martin Moore-Bick to head the public inquiry and the very limited terms of reference he has adopted suggests that her political imperative is to cover up the crucial social issues Grenfell raised.
Tension mounts in Catalunya
The Catalan regional government’s referendum on 1st October, which was ruled illegal by the conservative Partido Popular (PP) government of the Spanish state, saw the greatest police repression in the region since the Franco dictatorship over 40 years ago. How did it come to this in a modern western European democracy? asks Mike Phipps
Grenfell: this was an atrocity
The best tribute we can pay to those who lost their lives is to fight for justice and for a change of direction that ensures a disaster like this never happens again.