This article is an eye opener and quite a sad reflection on modern society where a scapegoat needs to be found immediately. The Govt was under pressure after Grenfell and has passed the buck both to Kensington and Chelsea and to local government as a whole. The same happened a decade earlier with Baby P where the Government engineered the firing of the Haringey Director of Children's Services only for the Court to order multi million pound compensation. Of course perhaps the most memorable- the Audit Commission condemning councils for investing in Iceland despite doing so themselves! plus ca change.
Much has been said and much has been written about Kensington & Chelsea RBC’s response, or lack of it, in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. The perceived failure(s) cost former leader Nick Paget-Brown and former chief executive Nicholas Holgate their jobs. This reinforced the notion that for those involved in major events there is a need to be seen to be doing something, anything, no matter what it is. On this, the government has excelled itself, including apparently playing a significant part in Mr Holgate’s departure. After ordering councils to undertake a snap survey of their buildings, communities secretary Sajid Javid blamed local authorities for being slow to submit cladding samples for testing – only to be put back in his place by the Local Government Association