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He’s not finished, fake news 💩


I think everyone has heard the news about the Unite The Right rally that got out of hand in Charlottesville, Virginia. I was appalled but not surprised. It was only a matter of time. I can’t count the number of people who’ve pointed out that you see an increase incendiary views when someone in the highest position of power enables them. 

Trump ran a campaign that went after minorities, religion, anything not white and he won. 

That shit is like a Duracell battery to white supremacists. It’s validation. It’s proof that their bigoted views matter. 

It’s also bullshit. 

I watched a video on the Washington Post site, wherein the white ‘nationalists’ argued against removing the statue honoring Robert E. Lee because it was about their heritage, white people’s culture was being stripped away and tossed in the garbage, blah, blah, blah. One guy said he was for ‘killing all Jews’. What have Jews ever done to them? What does that have to do with white supremacy – oh, I forgot! They’re all Christians, worried that the world is trying to get rid of them. 

It’s all nonsense. If you ask one of these people about slavery, I’m betting they’ll either applaud it or say they can’t be held responsible for what their ancestors did. Yet, they cling onto these monuments with everything that they have. They wave their Confederate flag with pride. Fuck that. 

Now, before I continue, I think that the counter protestors had the right intentions, but ultimately, violence solves nothing. There’s two sides and both looked pretty damn ugly in the footage. However all of this alt-left vs alt-right talk is silly. You can’t expect people to stand back and listen to such nastiness being spread on the streets and do nothing. The blame is not equal. 

As for the young man that drove his car into people….twenty years old and already filled with so much hate. I was so baffled when his mother was casually giving statements to whoever contacted her (AP, I think). I was particularly curious that she said Trump isn’t a white supremacist. I personally don’t think that he is (yes, he’s racist, bigoted and stupid, but Trump goes where the money and power is, he’s a master human and not merely part of the master race). However, it was 100% inappropriate. One suspects she knows exactly what kind of son she’s raised. 

If anyone I knew did something so appalling, I would be too ashamed to do anything but express condolences to the family of the woman he killed and the people he injured.

That shit is on Trump and all of the people he’s enabled over the past two years. It’s on Bannon. It’s on anyone who’s perpetuated this myth white people are being washed out. 

To see these people say this shit with a straight face is incredible. You’ve got them ranting against Jews who were literally the targets of religion based genocide less than one hundred years ago. Black people, who endured suffering for centuries and are still unfairly targeted today, other religions that are clearly the MINORITY in the country. 

White people haven’t gone anywhere, and I’m not sure why some of them want to be oppressed so badly. It’s not fun, and no one is buying it because we have eyes and brains! Your shit stinks too, you’re no better than anyone else. Wrap yourselves in your flags and shut up. 

This isn’t just ignorance, it’s stupidity, passed down from generation to generation. Something’s being wiped out alright, but it isn’t white people. Maybe something in the gene pool? I don’t know. I don’t really want to know. 

If these white supremacists hate people like me, I don’t care. Let them. You can’t reason with such hatred. There’s not enough time in the world. We can’t fix stupid. 

However, that doesn’t mean that they should lay hands on anyone. Violence is never the answer. Driving a car into a crowd of people is never the answer. 

Trump being Trump, refused to condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis after the incident, only grudgingly reading a pre-written statement some two days after. Online commentary says that it’s ‘too late’, but that’s the point. The point is that it looks like a response to the criticism and not these inflammatory groups. We all know that Trump isn’t about to turn on his most ardent supporters. I would argue that it’s the people who knew that these groups were drawn to Trump and still voted for him that should really be looking at themselves. 

What a mess.

ETA: I just read about his press conference. What the actual fuck is wrong with this man? You know, I take it back. Maybe he really is a white supremacist after all. It does sound like he’s been ‘fed’ these statements (he probably thought Alt-Left was some kind of laxative before this week) or someone has whispered into his ear, but we all know that his ties with these groups predate his ties to politics. He didn’t know David Duke was there? Really. Oh and he wanted to see the facts (since when have facts ever bothered Trump?). Was Fox News not broadcasting that day? Pretty sure all of the swastikas and white supremacist insignia were visible there too. 

When will this nightmare end?

I’m not finished, fake news.

Oh, how we wish you were finished, Trump. 

Oh, how we wish. 

Too Mooch, too soon


Good news everyone!

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been fired after fewer than 10 days in the post.

I’m sorry, but I have to go all Channing Tatum up in here. 

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. 

Oh no he diiiiiiiiidn’t

This is too much. 

This man missed the birth of his child to attend that embarrassing Boys Scout event and this is how Trump pays him back? He even got served with divorce papers because his wife was unhappy with his level of ass kissing. Still, that wasn’t enough to save him. 

That’s cold-blooded. I almost feel sorry for him but he’s still a rich, privileged man. He will be fine. 

I’m guessing it all went down like this. 

Trump: Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the craziest and Presidential of them all!

Mirror: You are the craziest no more but Presidential you are!

Trump: What? No longer the craziest Lemme guess, Crooked Hillary has finally shown her true colours?

Mirror: No, sir, the honour has been bestowed on The Mooch! His legend grows and grows and he’s the talk of the talk shows and fake but also real news!

Trump; The who?

Mirror: Anthony Scaramucci, sir. 

Trump: Yeah, I know that guy, but who’s The Mooch?

Mirror decides to speed the process up.

Mirror: The Mooch threatens all that you’ve worked hard for, sir. He’s taking away all of the attention!

Trump: Sad! How dare he? He’s finished in this town. Nobody makes crazy, inane statements but me, and occasionally Sean Spicer and that woman who replaced him – you know, the six point five – but also ME!!!!! 

Mirror: He even threatened Priebus via Twitter, sir. It seems that he wanted to emulate you, sir. 

Trump: NOBODY SENDS OUT RIDICULOUSLY HAM-FISTED TWEETS BUT ME!! 

Mirror: Raise hand slowly, sir and let’s say the magic words together…

Trump stretches out his unnecessarily long tie and raises his hand, his finger curling as they say:

Trump/Mirror: You’re fired!

Of course, Gen. John Kelly was the one who actually fired Scaramucci. You see, when you push out the previous chief of staff who you don’t report to, you really need to make sure that the same applies for his replacement. 

Scaramucci, you are the weakest link. 
Goodbye! 

The R Word


I’m not going to spend a long time talking about this, but I ventured into the #racism tag on here and surprisingly, it was full of all kinds of crazy opinions. 

The hot topic seemed to be comments said by a Cambridge University student on Friday/Saturday, during a ‘riot’ that took place in East London. 

The Cambridge University student who praised rioters who threw petrol bombs at police and claimed “all white people are racist” has defended his comments.

Jason Okundaye, 20, head of the Black and Minority Ethnic society at the university, came under fire on Saturday after posting a string of posts on Twitter.

His remarks followed violent protests in Hackney, east London, on Friday night (July 28) over the death of Rashan Charles following a struggle with police.But commenting on his social media posts, Okundaye said: “My tweet about all white people being racist was pulled out of context and separate to my tweets in support of the Dalston protests.

“My tweets on white racism had been said before, in response to people acting as if racism is exclusive to working class people.

“I stated that regardless of sexuality, class, gender or age, all white people are racist i.e. not just one type of white person.”

And the reference to ‘geddit’ refers to my previous tweets on how all demographics of whiteness can and should be called out for their racism and how it specifically manifests in their groups e.g. white middle-class people refusing to hire Black people killed, or white gay men stating ‘no blacks, no asians’ on dating apps such as Grindr.

So basically, this student called all white people racist. 

Apparently that’s racist. 

He also said that all white people could ‘geddit’. 

Apparently that’s inciting violence. 

Unfortunately there are some people who think black people are afforded special treatment these days. They think equal opportunity is some sort of ploy to steal everything they have. It isn’t. Some of them even think that they’re a minority now. They’re not. They’re really not. 
What really pisses me off is the people that hear the word ‘racist’ and instead of taking a breath and calming down, they proceed to show you just how racist they truly are. Some of y’all would make shitty lawyers.

In my opinion, what this student said wasn’t racist. I don’t know how calling white people racist is racist. I can’t follow that logic. Either it’s true or false. What is racist is the people on Twitter calling black people ‘sub human’ and ‘ferals’. Or the people who say we should go back to Africa.

The difference is that I see that nonsense everyday, be it on comment sections, Twitter, wherever and it’s disgusting, but I can’t really do anything about it. I reported those tweets, but that won’t stop anything. 

Here, we have one admittedly inflammatory comment and now everyone is up in arms. Now they care about racism (but only so they can tell us how NOT racist they are, while being racist). 

They’re talking about expelling this student and prosecuting him for ‘inciting racial hatred’. That’s bullshit. I’ll admit that when I first read the news, my reaction was dude, what are you doing?? You can’t say that. Especially as a Cambridge student. Didn’t your parents tell you when to shut up! Also, hello, Cambridge!

When you’re black, you know that there will always be people ready to help you fail. You know that there are certain things you have to be careful about saying, especially around certain people. Forget context, you have to be mindful at all times. Perhaps Jason forgot himself and was so frustrated that he tweeted what he did. Maybe he was just fed up. We’ve all been at that point. I don’t think he deserves to lose his education over that. 

I find it highly ironic that an MP had this to say:

Just a few weeks ago, I was being told that a term used by one of his colleagues – ‘nigger in the woodpile’  – was just from back in the day and that outrage over the word was political correctness gone mad. 

Now… an opinion is ‘racial hatred’. Y’all need to make your mind up.

Or is it that certain people can say what they want and to hell with the rest of us? 

Let me know.

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Scaramucci Is Doing Too Mooch 


The Mooch has arrived, and the spotlight is on him, honey!

mooch smooch

The fact that this guy is known as ‘The Mooch’ really sums up US politics. Gonna start calling myself ‘The Snark’.
That he refers to himself in third person is… not normal, so I shall refer to him as Scarapoopie because from this point on, I refuse to say The Mooch. It sounds stupid, I feel stupid writing it and reading it just completes the headache.

No, no, that would make me as bad as the GOP nuts wouldn’t it? Scaramucci it is.

Anyway, the way I understand it, Scaramucci was offered a job with Trump back during the transitional period, and also in January. The chief of staff, Reince Priebus (I’ll call him The Bus from now on because his name confuses me) blocked that from happening and Scaramucci beat his chest with his fists and screamed, ‘It isn’t over until the Orange Man tweets!’.

Fast forward to last week and Trump finally hired the guy as White House Communications Director, forcing Sean Spicer to quit because he’s an ally of The Bus. Now, once Scaramucci was in, he was slick. He was cool. He was calm. He was collected. He was the boom ting and as suave as Rick Fox in a tux.

Hahaha, psyche! (more…)

Waiting For The End


Whenever someone who had a huge musical impact on me dies, I always have their song lyrics in their head. I’ll never claim to be someone who memorises lyrics but you never forget the ones that resonate with you.

Linkin Park have so many songs like that for me.

I won’t pretend that their albums post Meteora are my favorites but Chester (and co) always wrote at least one song you could relate to.

Waiting For The End is one in particular. I’m not sure if it was released as a track or not but it’s one of my favourite songs and it was all that was in my head when I heard the shocking news. It’s hard to believe that we won’t hear that voice again. 

It’s yet another tragic loss of life and I hope he finds the peace he was looking for.


RIP, Chester.

Iron-Woman


Hello, snarklings. I hope you are all having a good weekend.

I was going to post about that Donald Trump Jr. fiasco that broke this week but I already knew that he was an idiot. That we now have evidence is just a mere footnote. Okay, well, not really. ‘I LOVE IT!’? And Kushner and Manafort were there too? I think I just heard an echo of Putin laughing away evilly in the distance.

Oh and Kellyanne…

When will you stop embarrassing yourself on TV? I’d say that agreeing to meet the Russians in order to collect dirt on Hilary sounds a lot like collusion. (more…)

Maybe it’s time to let white people say the ‘N-word’*


This was in the news here yesterday. 

Conservative MP Anne Marie Morris has been suspended from the Conservative party after she was taped using the phrase “n****** in a woodpile” in a discussion about Brexit.

These days whenever I hear that [insert white person with some kind of public role] has said the word nigger (at this point, why bother using asterisks?), I always chuckle to myself. 

Not because it’s funny but because we [black people] know that white people say it behind closed doors. We know that white people won’t be happy until they can say the word whenever they want without any repercussions. Slavery wasn’t enough. The Jim Crow era wasn’t enough. They want to take the word back. 

You guys can have it. Seriously. Say it all you want, and if there’s some blow back, know that you knew what you were signing up for. Maybe we can brand the letter R on the hands of all the white people who want to say it. 

People are saying that nigger in a woodpile is an old fashioned term and that it’s inoffensive. Yeah, now (and that’s HIGHLY debatable). Back then it obviously had a wider connotation. Either way, it’s still a phrase that needs to be left behind. However, if you’d like to say it, I have my R brand ready for you. 

Anyway, my tongue in cheek suggestion aside, there’s been the usual response. 

  • Why are these people so offended?

Excuse me? Who are these people that you’re referring to. Black people? Why are black people offended at the use of a historical term that was used to denigrate them? And that aside, I personally wasn’t. I can’t think that too many of us are. Unsurprised, that’s for sure. 

  • These people have come and taken our jobs. We should send them back to where they came from. 

LOL. Lazy response. Do better. 

  • Black people often use the ‘N’ word about themselves

    What’s your point? It’s been explained to the death why it is that some black people use the word. I used to take the Oprah stance on the word before I realised that black people have earned the right to take back the word if they please. I don’t look down on anyone that says it. Unless you’re not black. If you’re white you can’t say it. Simple. There’s no magic sparkle that happens when you say it. I promise you. 

    • PC in this country has gone so far we have disappeared up our own arse.

      This is always the default response people have when they’re told off for being offensive idiots. It’s not PC gone mad, it’s just that you’re still a dick. Deal with it. 

      • They call us names too

      Really…how many of ‘them’? And do they have the same historical connotation and racist background? No? I didn’t think so. 

      I can’t think of anything more tiring than debating whether or not white people can say nigger when the answer is glaringly obvious. 

      Stick to saying it behind closed doors. 

      Or maybe don’t say it all. 

      (*just to clarify – I’m being facetious.)

      How Not To Stay Out Of Politics


      Hello! 

      It’s been a quiet around here hasn’t it? I am extremely behind on everything. Damn. Time flies even when you’re not having fun. 

      Like, I predicted, the G20 summit was lit. 🔥

      In all of the wrong ways.

      He was an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure at this gathering and you got the strong sense some of the leaders are trying to find the best way to work around him

      “He has no desire and no capacity to lead the world.

      “[He] barks out bile in 140 characters, [and] wastes his precious days as President at war with the West’s institutions like the judiciary, independent government agencies and the free press.”

      Yup,yup and yup.

      The main talking point:

      A Russian official at the G-20 Summit tweeted, then deleted a photo of Ivanka Trump taking her father’s seat alongside world leaders that sparked critiques of the first daughter’s role at the summit.

      Svetlana Lukash, who is serving as a Russian emissary at the summit, tweeted on Saturday that Ivanka “replaces Pres Trump at the #G20 table as he leaves for bilateral meetings.”

      The tweet was deleted around 10 am ET.

      Look. I’m not American. I’m not even sad that America has been shunned by the rest of Europe and other major countries as the defacto leader when it comes to tackling issues. The one good thing to come out of Trump being President is the end of US dominance. It’s time for y’all to let someone else fuck up for a change. At least until you get rid of Le Pumpkin. 

      That being said, who the fuck does Ivanka Trump think she is? Girl, why are you even at G20? I don’t care if your husband is a government official, at least we didn’t see pictures of him in what looked like an awful prom dress, or pictures of him sitting in for the President.

      “I try to stay out of politics,” Ms Trump said, when she was asked what she advised her father regarding his seemingly knee-jerk use of Twitter.

      She’s a Trump, so we shouldn’t be surprised that she fixed her mouth to lie about staying out of politics. The fucking White House rats don’t even stay out of politics, let alone someone who has an office and security clearance.

      This is one thing that would be baffling if we couldn’t smell the stench of nepotism a mile off. I saw Trump supporters trying to compare Trump hiring family members to the Royal Family (of England). LOL, yeah, no, monarchs are a different ballgame. Try again.

      What does Ivanka know about politics? Did she read Politics for Dummies? What are her qualifications? At this point she’s like the Jaden Smith of the family. Trying to follow in her father’s footsteps but failing miserably. It’s kind of like that Graham Norton clip where Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro did the Jump On It dance from The Fresh Prince and for some reason Jaden joined them. On one hand you’re like, aw he’s trying but on the other…I just wanted him to get out of the way. It’s meant to be Will and Carlton, I didn’t vote for Jaden.

      Anyway, yeah, the fucking nerve of this woman. I don’t care who your daddy is. Go find something else to do. Like steal more designs. Or hire slave labour to make said designs. It beggars belief, it really does. If my father was a brain surgeon, I wouldn’t turn up in my scrubs and ask if I could join in. Or agree to if my father was crazy enough to ask me to.

      That’s the issue, though. At this point, the sanest member of the family is Barron and that’s because he’s what, 12? His brain is still developing. The rest of them? Donald Trump Jr seems to be brainless (your Twitter will never be as interesting as your father’s buddy, deal with it and stop trying so hard)? Eric, well, he needs to ease up on the hair gel and Ivanka? I used to think she was the smartest one but clearly I was wrong. I know there’s another sister but I know nothing about her thankfully.

      They’re all cut from the same box of Crayola, so nothing they do is a surprise. I heard that Melania was trapped in her hotel which I’m sure was fine for her. How’s the cyber bullying campaign coming along, sweetie? It’s not? Oh, okay.

      In other news, Trump claims he…

      Just twice?? A kid who desperately wants to open the food their parents just bought at the supermarket presses more times than that. Not impressed. Try again (unless of course he stopped at twice because he knew it was redundant anyway).

      Another tweet that caught my eye…

      What the fuck have the Republicans been doing for the past seven years? They had all of that time to start coming up with something. It’s almost like they were so busy complaining that it just never occurred to them that having a plan in place might be the smart thing to do. Sorry. I used ‘smart’ and ‘Republican’ in the same sentence. My bad.

      Meanwhile in the UK…

      Twas London Pride this weekend and Theresa May had a message for everyone.

      If only she hadn’t just given £1bn to a political party who are raging homophobes.

      Theresa May was booed as her speech at Pride in London was played to crowds weeks after she struck a deal with the DUP.

      Some revellers appeared disgruntled while the Prime Minister’s message was read, thought to be over her deal with the Northern Irish party.

      The DUP has been widely critised for its right-wing stance on social issues including gay rights

      [via Evening Standard]

      Also Brexit is still an embarrassing mess. Everything costs twice as much as it did last year but uh…that impending trade deal between the UK/US will probably help with that.

      Right?

      A trade deal between the UK and the US would not be enough to offset the damage caused by Brexit, a cabinet minister had admitted.

      David Lidington, the Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, said even a “big new trade deal” with the US would not replace the benefits of being in the EU single market and that deals with other countries would be needed too.

      [via Independent]

      What a surprise….

      The G20 summit is going to be lit 🔥


      Or something. I am behind on Trump news, but I’m keeping up when I can. 

      I see that the US are still trying to hold Germany to ransom.

      Wilbur Ross is the kind of man who is easy to underestimate. Approaching his 80th birthday in November, he seems slow at times and occasionally nods off during longer meetings. And sometimes, he does so even when his boss is holding an important speech only a feet away, as he did recently in Saudi Arabia.

      Ross, though, is U.S. President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, a key cabinet position, and on Tuesday, he was wide-awake. Standing next to an American flag, he read out a speech that was being transmitted to Berlin via video link. Specifically, it was being broadcast into the ballroom of a luxury hotel where German Chancellor Angela Merkel and several hundred guests of the Economic Council, a German business association that is closely linked to Merkel’s political party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), were listening.

      Ross had initially wanted to travel in person to the German capital, but he canceled at the last minute because, he said in the video, “urgent unexpected matters required that I remain in Washington.” The commerce secretary then straightened his glasses and monotonously recited what his president expected of the Germans.

      He demanded that Germany buy raw materials from the United States instead of from Russia, lower tariffs on automobile imports from the U.S. and ensure that America “obtain a larger share” of the European market. Otherwise, he added, the government in Washington, D.C., would have no alternative but to “engage in self-help

      Self-help? Oh, by all means, guys. Start now. Please. In all areas. Preferably away from Twitter and idiot press conferences.

      My favourite part of this is that he went past his ten minute slot. Dude, you realise that they can just turn you off when your bullshit dial swings over to dis tew much.

      Ross had been allotted a speaking time of 10 minutes, but when he still hadn’t finished after 30 minutes, the event participants had heard enough. They turned down the sound and switched off the video link. The U.S. commerce secretary disappeared from the screen, silenced like a political gadfly. Some in the audience laughed.

      Other Trump nonsense this week. There’s some kind of ongoing drama with the Morning Joe hosts. Trump was buoyed by CNN firing three guys who didn’t check their sources and accidentally printed – wait for it – fake news. It’s fitting that it was CNN. 

      Anyway, 

      The hosts of MSNBC Morning Joe said they were warned a tabloid would run a negative story on them unless they said sorry for their coverage of Mr Trump.

      I SAID NO!!

      Trump is like a giant man baby but he’s good isn’t he? We could be talking about the failed healthcare act or the ramifications of the travel ban being allowed to happen (thanks for nothing, SCOTUS!), but no, we’re talking about this silly feud albeit between the President of the United States and some journalists. What he said was fucked up, but still, it’s ridiculous.

      Here’s what Kellyanne Conway had to say:

      The president normally does not draw first blood. He is a counter-puncher,” Conway told “GMA” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos. “I endorse the president’s right to fight back when he is being mercilessly attacked and when the airwaves are filled with raw sewage about him and his fitness for office.”

      Really? He doesn’t draw first blood? Yeah, meanwhile in delusionville, pigs have started to fly.

      When asked to clarify if she was endorsing his [Trump’s] comments, she…well…

      “I didn’t say I endorsed his attacks; I never said that,” Conway said. “What I said was I endorse his ability to fight back when he is attacked.”

      SO, YOU ENDORSE HIS ATTACKS THEN! Just say what you mean, KC, Trump is so unpredictable that he might fire you for defending him too well. You might as well make it count.

      What a bunch of idiots.

      (See also: another reason why the US needs gun control. It’s sad that this keeps happening.)

      Meanwhile in the UK….

      • Theresa May has survived another week after performing several U-turns and jumping into bed with the DUP (at the small cost of a billion quid)
      • The most important U-turn being the public sector pay cap. Tory MPs voted against removing it (it’s something like 1% now) during the week and cheered about it. But now, looks like Theresa is going to scrap it anyway. Hot. Mess.
      • Some other cat wants to cut world aid for the poorest people to raise money for the public sector pay rises. What a charming chap.
      • A white guy (quel surprise!) was jailed for striking a Muslim teenager with an open packet of bacon. Can we just do genetic testing on these kind of people, locate their stupid genes and then come up with some kind of way to block them? Get to it, science.
      • There is now a 100% failure rate in the testing of all high rise tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. That’s disgusting.
      • Brexit is still a confusing mess

      Siiiiiiigh.

      Have a good weekend, snarklings!

      Gone into a different world 


      What’s up, people?

      Much talk has been about Trump and that whole obstruction of justice thing. Sessions not being able to remember what he ate for breakfast and the Deputy Attorney General possibly having to recuse himself and much more.

      Shit, does it ever stop? I get that it’s in everyone’s interest to know all of this but can the US media give themselves a Trump amnesty period or something?

      It was also Trump’s birthday this week and as Trevor Noah put it, it feels like we’ve all aged 70 years.

      Anyway, for those of us in the UK, the most important story has been the high rise tower, Grenfell Tower, that burned down in North Kensington, London. So far 30 people have been confirmed dead, but we’ve been told that number will rise. The entire situation is so very sad. It makes me sick to my stomach, it really does. My heart goes out to everyone caught up in the fire. Things like this shouldn’t happen at all.

      The government are making the right noises. There will be money provided, people will be rehoused, there will be a public enquiry. None of that is good enough. People shouldn’t have to die for change to happen.

      At the moment, much is being made of the £10m refurbishment the building underwent last year. That’s a lot of money, right? You don’t spend that much, do a good job and somehow it’s not your fault when the building burns down a year later. All parties involved have been slowly washing their hands of the matter. It’s sickening, really. Complaints and concerns are well documented online. The authorities were told but nothing was done.

      It’s a familiar story.

      The problem with London is that there’s two versions. Often these two versions co-exist. So, you’ll have social housing on one side of a street and £1m on the other side. You have Central London and all of the nice buildings and stores, you know, the nice touristy places that look good on Instagram. The places that some Londoners can’t afford to go to.

      The disparity is sort of ridiculous. I can’t remember the last new social housing project I saw, but I remember the new luxury flats because they’re everywhere. Every. Where. It always annoys me because you’ve got people in these areas that need affordable housing, and what’s being built is anything but affordable.

      The sense is always that they want to push lower class people out of these areas and in light of an incident like this, it’s hard not to see some truth in that. Kensington is a very rich borough. Celebrities have properties there, oil tycoons have properties there, politicians, anyone with money.

      However, none of that trickles down to the less well off.

      Here’s just a few comments from those affected:

      “They want people like us out of the area,” said a library assistant who lives in a block at the foot of the flats.

      Beinazir Lasharie, a resident and local Labour councillor, said: “We’re a nuisance to the council. Their attitude is: ‘How dare so many ethnic minority foreigners who are not well off live in these ugly flats?’” Lasharie had been evacuated from her flat in a block next to the tower, and was uncertain about when she could return. “They don’t care about us, they don’t listen to us. It’s as if they want us to move out. They are socially cleansing us across the borough.”

      “Kensington and Chelsea has looked after its rich tenants very well. It hasn’t looked after its social housing tenants so well.”

      From this article in The Guardian, this person notes that:

      If you go to different areas in Kensington, you can see a lot of money being invested in that area, but whatever we have here, they cut it. And everything they build here is private. If you go further down this road, it feels like you have gone into a different world.

      That’s not unique to Kensington, and quite frankly, while Grenfell Tower should be the immediate priority, every single borough needs to update their fire safety regulations and actually do something about the state of some the housing the provide.

      The fact that these people were in a constant state of danger in a place where they should have been the safest is sickening, and no amount of apologies or money is going to change that. Apparently, the government just can’t be bothered. They will make the right noises and spend years going through what really happened, but what people need is action. 

      If these buildings are no longer safe or for to live in, they need to be knocked down and replaced. Not cladded with cheap materials.

      Material used in the cladding that covered the Grenfell Tower was the cheaper, more flammable version of the two available options, an investigation of the supply chain has confirmed.

      German construction companies have been banned from using plastic-filled cladding, such as Reynobond PE, on towers more than 22 metres high since the 1980s when regulations were brought in to improve fire safety at residential blocks.

      [source]

      One MP called it corporate manslaughter. It’s hard to argue with that assessment.

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      Have a safe weekend, snarklings. May the world suck less next week.