'I see and smell Grenfell Tower daily, it must never happen again', says George Galloway

'I see and smell Grenfell Tower daily, it must never happen again', says George Galloway

George Galloway spoke about what it's like to live near Grenfell Tower

Friday, December 15, 2017

George Galloway has said he sees and smells Grenfell Tower every day and the tragedy can never be repeated.

Galloway spoke to Sam Delaney after a memorial service was held for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire at St Paul's Cathedral yesterday (December 14). It has been six months since the tragedy and despite Theresa May's promise of re-housing survivors, many still have no permanent home.

talkRADIO presenter George Galloway, who lives near Grenfell Tower, spoke to Sam Delaney about the situation.

He said: "I have to see it and smell it everyday, and everyday I relive the experience.

"The thought of the people screaming, trapped, knowing that they were about to die, no way out, prisoners in a tower that’s burning so furiously.

"Two things are vital - one is that it’s not forgotten and that the determination must be that it’s never again."

He finds it "incredible that in 2017 about 2018 that we don't have in place, moving into place already, the necessary funding and means of making [other similar tower blocks] safe.

"Every person in this land deserves a decent roof over their head with a landlord who is accountable to the tenants, who is forced to listen to the tenants."

He also slammed the local council in the area by saying the current leadership "have failed miserably, and it’s unbelievable to me that they are still sitting in their place.

"Of course there were some cosmetic changes, there was some lipstick put on the pig, but it’s the same pig that is presiding over the fact there are families still living in what we call hotels."

He also thinks "if somebody tells you this is an accident waiting to happen, and for financial reasons when you're the richest borough in England... for money to be a reason why things you’ve been warned about are not tackled before the disaster occurs, that moves it from being an accident to a crime in my view."

Listen to the full interview above