Grenfell: Hillsborough II

Huffington Post reported about the Grenfell fire inquiry that ‘It is increasingly obvious to most of our community that this inquiry is unlikely to deliver the things we want, namely the truth, accountability and change.’

I have a horrible feeling that this is going to be another Hillsborough where they held enquiry after enquiry and finally got so sick and tired of the constant whining that they held a pretend enquiry that just said everything the protesters wanted it to say just as a final desperate attempt at shutting them up.

What on Earth do they want to be told that they don’t already know?

Yes, the cladding was substandard, no it shouldn’t have been used, yes the builders should have used better cladding, no the result of this enquiry or any other one isn’t going to bring the dead back to life, no you’re not going to get wealthy on any compensation deal, yes the families should have been rehoused by now and would have been if they’d accepted any of the offered homes, yes it would have been better if it hadn’t happened, no there isn’t some massive national conspiracy to hide anything, yes it’s getting unhealthy to keep raking through the ashes of the disaster, yes the tragedy is shamelessly being used as a political football, yes it’s time to think about moving on…

When did we as a country arrive at the default state that we automatically have to care about everything? As a substitute for thinking about it, perhaps, because after all, thinking is a lot harder than caring and you have to be able to rationalise and explain that. When you care about something you just have to shout a lot, point and maybe use a lot of emojis on social media.

The word “community” gets banded around so much these days that it has, like “anti-semitic” become a meaningless porridge phrase. What, exactly, is a “community”? Because it isn’t just the people directly affected by this event, far from it. It has grown to include all the hangers-on, the hand-wringers, the parasites gathering around the event like crowds at an execution, saying how terrible it all is while jostling for the best viewing position.

We’ve become a nation of professional victims using events like this as tragedy porn and I hate it.

Where did all the adults go?

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These posts represent the collected thought of Paul Harper. Usually rants, occasionally lucid, always easily ignored. Read, don't read, your call!

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