Grenfell Tower: A Warning To Donald bTrump.

 beThe underlying lesson to be learned from this horrrible fire should serve as awarning to the Trump administration. For years, the governments in London have cut regulations to serve the business sector. The Grenfell fire resulted in approximately seventy deaths. At the site there were no sprinkers,no pressurized stair wells and no fire alarms. The exterior of the  buildings were clad with sheething manufactured by Alcoa. The the buidings' exterior was covered with  these panels composed of two thin sheets of aluminum held together with a flammable plastic.

Because of the history of fire fighting in England, fire officials consentrated  on surpressing fires spreading hoizonally from building to building, not as in the Tower's case spreading verically along the building's exterior. The cladding, in this case channelded the fire to upper floors within minutes. Following the explosion of a refrigator positioned against an exterior wall, the building became totally involved in flames. Fire fighters did not have a chance nor did many residents of the tower.


For years , various  governments in London cut fire regulations to the bone to suit the needs of the business community. namely the search for profits. A mantra of the authorities was that for every reguation they created two had to be eliminated. Sound familiar?

Contrary to Washington's, current point of view good regularity policy is a necessary part  of trying to balance the needs of a mixed economy.

Yes, Donald regulations are necessary in the real world.

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Comments (5)

  1. stevehayes13

    I think you might be better served waiting for the conclusions of the investigation. According to Philip Hammond, who ought to know, the cladding was contrary to the regulations. Is Hammond telling the truth? I do not know, but I am confident that the investigation will reveal whether or not regulations or the lack of them was a problem.

    June 25, 2017
    1. Munkyman

      I need to apologize before I say this, but it was the very 1st thing to pop into my mind when I heard a faulty refrigerator caused the fire: “Why do the Brits drink warm beer? Leyland makes refrigerators.” The mechanic who did the stuff I couldn’t on my Triumph Spitfire had that on a tee shirt.

      June 26, 2017
  2. honkykong

    There are a few failings in the OP. First if you build with wood sooner or later it’s going to burn.
    If you build a 42 story building and your best ladder truck only goes 10 stories sooner or later somebody is going to die!

    Your buildings like many of ours are built beyond the ability to access during emergency’s. So the cladding is not even an argument. The building was well short of safe the first day it was occupied.

    June 25, 2017
  3. Munkyman

    The immediate response to simplified & less arcane regulation is that it’s de-regulation, it’s been going on so long those seeking to simplify now use that misnomer themselves. We are choking on regulations that contradict themselves, justify almost any act of aggression by their agencies against citizens & cost us trillions in legal & accounting costs for small businesses. It stifles small business by making entry into the marketplace too expensive & dangerous for most sane people.

    June 25, 2017
  4. wirelessguru1

    That’s just rubbish and nonsense!

    June 25, 2017