Back in June a devastating fire gripped the 24-storey Grenfell residential tower in London. The horrifying images of the inferno and subsequent damage occupied our news cycle.
In the months that followed, the authorities would embark on the grim and incredibly challenging task of identifying the burnt remains of those who tragically perished. This task was further compounded by fraudulent claims of missing loved ones and the PTSD experienced by those who were first responders.
Today, after a 5 month long forensic investigation, it has been reported that all remains have now been identified and the final death toll stands at 71.
Back in June, as this unthinkable situation was still unfolding, I couldn’t help but notice how deeply irresponsible some of the conversation surrounding it was.
Indeed, depending where you looked for information, you may have been forgiven for assuming Theresa May lit the fire herself, such was the Tory disdain for the working class.
This brings me to UK pop star Lily Allen. As self-appointed champion of the people, Allen took to television and Twitter to make declarations such as: “…I am hearing from people [that] the figure is much closer to 150 – and that many of those people are children.”
She also retweeted sentiments such as “Death toll of #grenfelltower being suppressed by UK MSM” and “when i was down there they said well into triple figures so is probably even more than 150.good on you for telling some truth”
Now that the official figures are in, does Lily have anything further to add? A “sorry”, perhaps?
71 is 71 too many of course. A devastating tragedy of which no final number will be of comfort to the bereaved.
Misinformation and unsubstantiated claims whilst this was all still unfolding however, made an appalling situation even worse for those involved.
I would suggest, that during a time of great public grief and anger, going on television & conjuring a conspiracy/death toll from thin air with an emphasis on dead children is a tad irresponsible.