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How the media failed Grenfell

The tragedy was both predictable and preventable. Yet neither politicians nor the press fully heeded the lessons of earlier disasters until it was too late

By Kurt Barling  

A forensics officer inspects debris at the scene of a fire in Lakanal House. Photo: PA

Let’s start with a simple fact: the fire at Grenfell Tower was predictable and preventable. And it could still happen somewhere else today. It happened because local, city and national governments failed to intervene on fire safety the last time they were called on to do so.

At the conclusion of the 2013 inquest into the 2009 Lakanal House fire, which killed six people, ministers and public officials were given firm recommendations by…

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