Issue of class dominated the Grenfell inquiry
I was impressed by the eloquence and sensitivity of Tim Adams’s report on the Grenfell inquiry (14 December). It seems to me that behind this eloquence is one word: class.
As with most of the inquiries referenced, the victims were lower class, the judges, lawyers and managers, upper class. The traditional tendency of the upper class is to be deaf to the feelings of the lower classes and to close ranks when called to account.
Adams highlights the softening of the judge’s attitude after hearing of the trauma and grief of the survivors and also the influence of Bishop James Jones’s report on the Hillsborough inquiry, which he called “the patronising disposition of unaccountable power”.
Could these be signs, almost a thousand years after the Norman conquest, that the British class system is withering? Edward Butterworth Victoria, British Columbia, Canada