Here’s the real backstory to Grenfell – the Tory attack on social housing : Guardian.

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The government has purposely downgraded public sector housing, to try to force people into the private sector. This assault must be halted

Nick Forbes is Labour leader of Newcastle city council

A boy looks towards the remains of Grenfell Tower.
‘Council leaders in Kensington and Chelsea failed residents, but the blame does not stop there.’ Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

The story of Grenfell, unfolding before us, is one of government failure followed by a shameless scramble by ministers to deflect blame. It is vital that we ensure the legacy of this disaster is not only that we prevent another fire tragedy such as this, but that we halt the Conservative attack on the very concept of social housing.

To be clear, council leaders in Kensington and Chelsea failed residents, but the blame does not stop there – just as the debate over Grenfell cannot be limited to fire safety.

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