What is prominent within the first 10 minutes of this programme on BBC2 is that, the building was like a mini village, full of families and old fashion values, one which are sadly disappearing in the 21st century.
It was only June, that i woke up and remember seeing the horrendous images of the tower engulfed in thick black smoke and flames. But seeing the video again, is just deja vu filled with horror and i was only a witness to the tv.
Listening to the interviews of the tenants that lived on the 21st floor, it is just terrifying listening to the accounts of how they were told to stay in their flat and when they finally decided to make the dangerous exit down the stairs, they were met by smoke, unable to see, clambering over bodies of those who had fallen unconscious, unable to help anybody. The temperature was recorded to sore to 1600 degrees, it is just unbearable to comprehend how frightened those remaining in the building were and most lost their lives due to a rule to ‘stay in your flat’ because of the fire safety design.
Watching families speak about that night, you can just see that the nightmare still lives on. Parents who lost their unborn baby, friends lost their beloved neighbours and the fright of parents who helplessly watched children in hospital, hoping to recover from cyanide poisoning. This just slightly skims the surface of the horror that these people felt, in a building that was renting out flats for the sum of £400 a week! These were hard working citizens that have been let down by austerity and pen pushers cutting corners.
And with most things, the news of Grenfell did not last long, but i for one hope for all the people involved, including the fire services, give all effected the answers that they deserve, this goes beyond compensation, this is about a cultural divide between the rich and the poor. Someone needs to pay for such a reckless act of greed and beyond poor judgement.
I am disgusted to be part of a country that in the last year has seen horror after horror and pressure needs to be applied to the Government, Kensington Council and the landlords that let this atrocity happen, to give those left the answers and support they deserve. The only thing i am proud of is the kindness, generosity, sheer bloody mindedness and strength of every community that came to together and is still together fighting now.
My thoughts, support and love is with everyone affected and i call for #JusticeforGrenfell