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Grenfell will force Britain to confront its greatest failure

The blackened ruin is a towering testimony to the scale of the housing crisis

Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

The burnt remains of the Grenfell tower linger on the west London skyline as a sign of the UK’s housing crisis. The building, the fire, and events before and after, epitomise decades of profiteering, dysfunctionality—and disdain. In the days after the fire, the state appeared in chaotic bursts. Families and friends of the missing were left to walk the streets of the country’s richest borough in an attempt to find news of relatives. Four days later, Nisha Parti, a volunteer, said there was no…

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