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Found on Facebook

Posted on: June 15, 2017

Found on Facebook.
This from ex-firefighter Justin Plimmer, commenting on the Grenfell tragedy. Shared with permission:

“The one thing that really pissed me off while being a serving firefighter was when the government changed legislation around fire deaths.
If any of those poor people fighting for their lives die in hospital, they will not be counted in the government figures. Which means that when they say fire deaths are reducing, year on year, they are talking utter bollocks!! They have changed the goal posts to reduce funding in the emergency services. None of this was ever mentioned in the commons or the press. (Surprise) They did however decry our “golden” pensions and continually attack us. Reduced funding, co-responding, station closures and removal of fire engines and fire personnel to name but a few! We need a voice but the propaganda machine continues to whir!!!”

To those giving me shit for “politicising” this terrible event, it happened because of politics. It happened because of years of Tory policies putting profit before people, keeping the wealthy rich and ignoring the impact on and the voices of the poor. This is politics in action, politics killing people.

This is the borough which returned a Labour MP last week with an 11% swing from the Tories, their first Labour MP for more than 40 years. This community was already angry and demanding change, imagine how they feel now with this needless and shameful loss of life. I guess that’s why the PM chose to not meet residents when she visited this morning.

Whichever party you choose to support and for whatever reasons, please understand and accept responsibility for how policies impact our society as a whole.

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