Unlike a hateful bonfire, the vastness of the tragedy of Grenfell is matched by its complexity.

27 years. That’s how long the families of victims of Hillsborough had to wait for the second inquest into the tragedy to deliver justice.

If those whose lives have been destroyed by the Grenfell Tower fire have to wait anything approaching that long before being able to achieve some level of closure, it would shame us as a nation.

However, the growing clamour in some quarters to see signs of progress from the police investigating the disaster or from the public inquiry, which continues to hear evidence from survivors and the bereaved, is misplaced.

Earlier this week, social media was abuzz with outrage over a deeply troubling video showing a group of people laughing and joking as they threw a cardboard replica of the tower onto a bonfire. When six men were arrested the very next day, some compared the speed with which the police moved to the apparent stagnation of the investigation into the fire itself.

It’s clearly a stark comparison. But it’s also a spurious one.

Painful as it must be for anyone touched by the events of last June, but in this instance the wheels of justice must be allowed to turn slowly. Any show of alacrity from investigators would be just that: a show.

The vastness of the tragedy of Grenfell is matched by its complexity. The inquiry currently lists more than 550 core participants and has received something in the region of 400,000 documents as evidence. There is no set date for when Sir Martin Moore-Bick will deliver his report, but the feeling is growing among those following the daily evidence sessions that it is in the region of years rather than months.

The same applies to the criminal investigation. We know very little of what the police are doing, and into this vacuum of information has rushed plenty of rumour and innuendo. Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick has said it could be years before her detectives are in position to prosecute anyone.

For a community that has suffered so much, it is likely to be a tortuous wait. But swift justice is for the mob, and the Grenfell community has shown itself to be anything other than that in the 17 months since the fire.

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Source:: New Statesman


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