25 June 2017 Daily Question
Why are poor people obliged to live in buildings made of kindling and plastic? Is it because the UK Building Regulations (drafted by the UK Government), are ambiguous?
I offered this unanswered rhetorical question on Sunday 25th June. I am happy to report that Chris Cook Policy editor, BBC Newsnight published his conclusion 27 June 2017 and yes, The Building Regulations are ambiguous.
Chris Cook answered my question, but goes further and describes how developers and specifiers are able to exploit this ambiguity in order to do the job on the cheap.
The scandal is not the abuse of the ambiguity which is in itself a commercial imperative, (to put it innocently and generously). The scandal is that the "ambiguity" was driven by ideology born in the pernicious culture of deregulation.
Theresa May today suggested that Tony Blair was the first to dress towers in cladding but that is hardly the point. In fact we are now told that it was Thatcher, but nobody is accusing her of manslaughter.
Cladding put there for good reasons in a brave new world is one thing, but cladding put there on Glenfell Tower in 2016 after similar fatal fires, reported by a coroner in 2013 and then ignored, is a matter of neglect of regulation.
The first task of any government is to keep us safe and Theresa May and most other commentators said that time and time again during the #GE2017.