Saturday, 17 June 2017

Roy Bailey - Palace of Gold

In response to the Grenfell Tower fire, here is a song called "Palaces of Gold" written by Leon Rosselson,  which was actually written  about the Aberfan disaster of 1966, in which a school full of children and teachers was engulfed by the collapse of a spoil tip, killing 144 and devastating the village.
But the Grenfell Tower  disaster, like Aberfan  before it, will long live now  in the collective memory; let us hope that we can all continue to learn from these tragedies, so that something similar never happens again, and that the living conditions of all,  are improved in the future.
In both cases public anger was equally valid and necessary, after all Aberfan should not have happened, as neither should have Grenfell, especially  after years of negligence had been pointed out, equally representative of the failure and duty of care of those apparently in charge of us. Natural waves of anger always helps and  sustains  both  campaigners and victims as they are forced to wade through  layers of bureaucracy and  red tape that are discovered in the aftermath of tragic events  like these mentioned. This is what makes us human in the wake of so much darkness. Lets continue to mourn the dead, but fight like hell for the living.

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