Thoughts after Grenfell. Along with our compassion, there is anger that this could happen. (see: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/grenfell-tower-fire-corporate-manslaughter-arrests-david-lammy-mp-labour-london-kensington-a7790911.html)
When I was six a coal tip slid down a hill and buried and killed a large number of children in the mining village of Aberfan: little children like me. There was an outpouring of grief and compassion. But no-one was ever really held responsible.
Leon Rosselson’s song, “Palaces of Gold” was partly inspired by this tragedy. Its a humanistic vision of a world where tragedies like this would be avoided – and everyone, the “son of company director, or a judge’s private daughter” – and even the children of the poor, would no longer be “buried alive by slagheaps”, but housed in ‘Palaces of Gold’.
Its worth a listen; lets hope the housing of the poor improves in the next fifty years, and there are no more Aberfans, or Grenfells.