Damon Albarn urges politicians to be more caring following Grenfell Tower disaster

19th Jun 17 | Entertainment News

Damon Albarn has called on British politicians to be more responsible in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in London last week.

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The Blur and Gorillaz frontman issued a touching tribute to victims while urging the government to view the disaster as a "turning point" in their management of Britain's social housing crisis.

A fire spread rapidly through the 24-storey high-rise block in the early hours of Wednesday (14Jun17), prompting several politicians to blame each other for the tragedy.

As a result, government and local authority officials have faced intense criticism for their response to the disaster.

Albarn spoke out in a message on BBC Radio 4 programme The World This Weekend, criticising greedy landlords and property developers and implying that the deadly fire, which police officials claim cost 79 lives, was a result of political failure and the "brutal" gentrification of the area.

"During the last 30 years I've witnessed a brutal programme of gentrification around here. I've seen the way communities have been marginalised by greedy landlords and property developers," he told the BBC. "And the way our successive governments have encouraged this dilution and some would have say have broken their elected social contract with the people of London.

"What happened at Grenfell is still unfolding but this surely has to be a turning point. This has to be the moment where our government steps up to its responsibilities. No more scare tactics, no more division, just an honest, practical, caring governance."

Albarn has long had roots in the area, adding, "It's a place where there's a real community, always evolving, always multicultural with its heart... I can't imagine what horrors the residents are going through."

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