Protecting the people

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Members of the public campaigning for those affected at Grenfell. Credit @SheilaWeeks via Facebook.

In the aftermath of the events at Grenfell, the public seemed to unite under a common cause, with the solidarity showcased ultimately underpinning British values. The crowning glory of this unity seemed to be the multitude of campaigns which occurred, with the slogan, ‘Justice for Grenfell’, aiming to ensure those affected may be provided with a rapid resolution, ultimately restoring their standard of living. Whilst an official enquiry into the events also occurred, the Equality and Human Right’s Commission recently vocalised their desire to launch their own inquest in an attempt to draw further conclusions. Whilst this may naturally be important in ensuring attention may remain on the predicament, it may be more poignant to focus on how it might benefit those affected. Enhanced safety precautions may be made in the future as a result, and therefore whilst the events may consistently stay in the memory, it may ensure it might be left there, rather than replicated.

The official enquiry ultimately seemed to occur to decipher what happened to cause the situation, and how alterations may have been made to reduce the impact. The natural result of this may be ensuring similar situations may be prevented, and as such it may be an important contributor in resolving the events. It may have therefore been increasingly important to find an influencer to lead the enquiry who possessed both the necessary experience and temperament to successfully manage the debate and decide on a fair conclusion. This seemed to occur, with Sir Martin Moore-Bick boasting the position, and considering he formerly had the status of judge in the Court of Appeal, he may have been held in the best stead. Yet, campaigners seem to have suggested he may have been required to include other factors in his decision, and with the success of protests recently noted, most markedly surrounding Conservative legislation, successfully making their voices heard may prove the power of the people.

As such, it seems the necessity for a fresh inquiry may have intensified, with this perhaps acting as the prime contributor in future innovation. Yet, the EHRC have declared their intention for their findings to complement those found by Moore-Bick, and therefore solidarity may once more be being showcased. This may be replicated during Brexit negotiations, with both Britain and the rest of the EU striving for a resolve to a multitude of complex predicaments. Yet, Grenfell seemed to be similarly challenging, and various groups seem to be uniting, and bypassing their differing political affiliations, to create a resolution. As such, if Theresa May might be able to replicate this, the benefits for Britain may be paramount.

Chair for the EHRC, David Isaac (left), may involve himself in the enquiry, having had experience negotiating with other influencers. Credit @EHRCChair via Twitter.

The Prime Minister may, therefore, be aiming to become increasingly involved, as it may offer national benefits and showcase her capabilities as a leader, both of which might cement her position. This may also be important due to the differing effect her and Jeremy Corbyn had on those affected at Grenfell, with the latter seemingly claiming a superior number of plaudits. The main reason for this may have been due to the Labour leader perhaps being more relatable than his counterpart, with his party’s ideologies a prime factor in this. Theresa May might therefore be striving to attain support with her response, and considering the fresh inquiry may consider the Government’s influence on Grenfell, and how they may have improved, responding productively may be increasingly important.

Whilst the findings of the new enquiry are still to be published, the announcement itself seems to have brought the matter back to the forefront of public focus. With the six-month anniversary also recently occurring, Grenfell may continue to be remembered, with other events such as Passchendaele’s memorial perhaps supporting this. Considering the EHRC’s predominant ideology surrounds equality, and preserving human life, investigating whether both the Government and the Borough followed their duty may lead to widespread innovation. As such,whilst the events may remain an integral part of history, the enquiry may ensure those who passed perhaps being referred to as martyrs, who acted as the catalyst in creating an equal society.

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