Galloway on Grenfell Tower: 'How can the people responsible even leave their house?'

'It's mind boggling those responsible for Grenfell Tower fire want to stay in power', says George Galloway

George Galloway claims many are responsible for the fire

Monday, July 31, 2017

George Galloway says the argument that those responsible for the Grenfell Tower committed manslaughter is "unanswerable", and he's shocked that they've got the nerve to even leave their house.

Public meetings following the Grenfell Tower fire have routinely descended into heckling, with members of Kensington and Chelsea council and the tenant management organisation heavily criticised for their role in the disaster.

Galloway said: "If I am your landlord and if I not only don't do what I ought to do in terms of sprinklers and fire escapes, but if I deliberately do what they deliberately did, which was to clad the tower in highly, highly inflammable material which would go up in flames at the drop of a hat, and emit cyanide fumes, and that then happened... I'd be jolly lucky if I wasn't charged with murder.

"There was no murder because they didn't deliberately set out to kill someone. But the manslaughter case seems to me unanswerable. 

"Everybody involved in those spending decisions has a case to answer. The person who recommended [the cladding], the people who put it on, the councillors who agreed it, the officials who signed it off and had responsibilities to the public.

"The idea that the people responsible for all of this are still in power in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea is mind-boggling to me. It’s mind boggling that they would want to remain in power, that they’d still be going around in their limousines and walking around the plushest of town halls, believe me, in Kensington and Chelsea.

"All deaths are terrible but such a death, to be locked up effectively in a drawer in a filing cabinet in the sky waiting for the gas and the flames to kill you, my goodness. I don’t know how these people can even show up on the street, never mind continue to exercise their power as councillors.

"If there were fresh elections next Thursday, not a single one of the people responsible for this crime... would have an earthly chance of being reelected."

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