only search openDemocracy.net

This week’s front page editor

Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Housing activists stand up to dodgy landlords and council bullies

The Grenfell tower fire forced a public debate on housing inequality in London. Tenants have long been at the mercy of landlords, private and social. But resistance is growing.

“Developers can get away with murder” – an interview with Kensington’s Emma Dent Coad

One short week in May exposed the fault lines at the heart of our communities. Three months on from a shock election result, as the Grenfell inquiry opens, Kensington’s new Labour MP talks housing, education, poverty and politics with Nathan Akehurst.

Words of fire

The language of resistance is resourceful, creative and deep. After Grenfell, the words of those affected ring out clearly and truly – showing up the shallow contempt of those by whom they are governed.

Grenfell tower and the people without capital

Contempt for Grenfell residents is representative of the way the city of London treats its global working-class. They were ignored; their disenfranchisement is permanently tied to their lack of citizenship. They have no voice, no representation.

The terrible consequences of deregulation and cutting corners

After Grenfell, it’s time for the government to urgently rethink its attitude to regulation.

Fires disproportionately kill vulnerable people, and Grenfell is no different

We need more than just fire safety; we need fire justice, and a culture which takes stock of the fact that it is the poor and the disadvantaged who die in natural disasters.

Burnt Alive, Grenfell Tower is watching us

A high-rise of death - that seems alive and watching us. A photo-essay.

Where are the missing? How the tabloids underplayed deaths at Grenfell for their own gain

The British press claim they don't want to speculate on numbers until they have an official body count. That’s laudable. But very responsible reporting has become widespread overnight where it never was before.

The religion of property is to blame for the deaths of those at Grenfell

Politicians have been playing Monopoly with people's lives, and Grenfell is the tragic result. 

The Grenfell Inferno

The meaning of Grenfell was immediately understood. It was a hecatomb to neoliberalism, a public sacrifice to the ideology that denies it has a name.

One law for the poor at Grenfell Tower

In austerity Britain, can justice and accountability be served for the victims of the Grenfell fire? Or are our laws already too much shaped to the needs of the business class?

Theresa May has prioritised the rights of absentee landlords over the Grenfell victims

Objections to the requisitioning of empty properties have nothing to do with fears of state coercion. Instead, it's about protecting the interests of the rich at all costs.

At Grenfell, a lack of accountability was deliberate – and residents were treated with contempt

Why should people have to put up with so little control over their living conditions? Why should they have to put up with organisations more interested in profit than in housing them safely?

Fire in neo-liberal London

The burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower is a visible reminder that public responsibilities should never be watered down.

Syndicate content