I think Grenfell Tower, no matter how much the Tories are trying to play the “don’t politicise this tragedy” card, is a pretty fucking direct example of how politics can be a really damn important, like to ‘life and death’ level, thing.
So often the attitude of the apathetic is that politics is some distant intangible about rich corrupt out-of-touch arseholes arguing over things that don’t change anything for ‘normal’ people.
But… no. That’s not politics. Not entirely. Politics is important, to basically everything.
I mean Grenfell Tower is a glaring example, as I said.
The Police and Fire Minister who is now in charge of investigating any culpability in this disaster is a private landlord, and was an MP who voted against a Labour amendment to a housing bill that would have made it illegal to rent out accommodation that wasn’t fit for human habitation. As in, for example, making sure the building wasn’t a goddamn firetrap.
Politics doesn’t matter, you say?
Because of politics, people are now dead who very much may not have been otherwise. People are homeless who may not have been otherwise.
All because people played politics to avoid upsetting their own bank balance.
So tell me politics isn’t important to the residents of Grenfell Tower.