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CNL Welby | 09th February 2021 | Featured
Claude Schmidt of French firm Arconic gives way after refusing to be a witness for seven months...

CNL Welby | 09th February 2021 | Featured
Arconic’s then UK sales manager will be asked what she knew of the danger posed by the panels...

CNL Welby | 31st December 2020 | Featured
Hundreds gather for funeral of high-profile, outspoken victim of government’s hostile environment...

CNL Welby | 31st December 2020 | Featured
Department accused of ‘just paying lip service’ after Priti Patel promises wide reform...

CNL Welby | 31st December 2020 | Featured
Priti Patel’s department must swiftly prove its commitment to reform, says Wendy Williams...

CNL Welby | 31st December 2020 | Featured
Home Office delay described as ‘shocking’ in report by parliamentary ombudsman...

CNL Welby | 31st December 2020 | Featured
Martin Forde says call for light-touch approach was ignored and some awards were too low...

CNL Welby | 31st December 2020 | Featured
Former teacher Ken Morgan’s passport was confiscated as he travelled back from funeral in Jamaica in 1994...

CNL Welby | 31st December 2020 | Featured
Hubert Howard was initially denied citizenship because of good character requirement...

CNL Welby | 31st December 2020 | Featured
After Windrush, Britain is still deporting people to countries they barely know...

CNL Welby | 31st December 2020 | Featured
Exclusive: Most recent donation in 2017 was year plastic-filled panels contributed to rapid spread of fire...

CNL Welby | 31st December 2020 | Featured
Residents shocked to find block owned by Kensington and Chelsea is ‘not fire safe’...

CNL Welby | 31st December 2020 | Featured
Politicians such as Theresa May could be cross-examined about their actions in run-up of fire next year...

CNL Welby | 20th December 2020 | Featured
A director of the company that made combustible insulation used on Grenfell Tower has quit in the wake of evidence the firm used out of date fire tests to market material it knew could burn “like a raging inferno”....

CNL Welby | 20th December 2020 | Featured
Adrian Williamson QC, counsel for the bereaved and survivors, said the evidence revealed “an industry in which Arconic, Celotex and Kingspan were content to push hazardous products into the marketplace and sought to market them dishonestly”....

CNL Welby | 20th December 2020 | Featured
The government proposed watering down key recommendations of the Grenfell Inquiry, including those relating to the evacuation of disabled people, after an industry lobbying group described them as costly and impractical, newly released documents reveal....

CNL Welby | 20th December 2020 | Featured
The first phase of the enquiry, which focused on the night of the inferno in June 2017, was bad enough. The second phase is now concentrating on those companies whose products helped turn the block into a death trap....

CNL Welby | 12th December 2020 | Featured
Complaints of racism and discrimination within Home Office teams set up to address the Windrush scandal ...

CNL Welby | 22nd June 2020 | Featured
Duwayne Brooks, a campaigner and friend of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, has agreed to join the group, in recognition of the “terrible” treatment faced by the Windrush generation. ...

CNL Welby | 22nd June 2020 | Featured
Amid protests, toppled statues, and a pandemic taking more black lives, we must not forget this scandal...

CNL Welby | 22nd June 2020 | Featured
Windrush scandal: cross-government group aims to tackle ‘terrible’ treatment...

Chris Welby | 12th June 2020 | Featured
The anniversary has revealed growing frustration at the pace of the official response to the disaster...

Chris Welby | 12th June 2020 | Featured
"It is time to tackle the longstanding injustices that permeate our immigration system."...

Chris Welby | 29th May 2020 | Featured
There has been rising concern among support groups working with those affected by the Home Office scandal about the slowness of compensation offers, and about the difficulties experienced by those trying to claim....

Chris Welby | 31st March 2020 | Featured
These high pressure laminate panels are common in the UK....

Chris Welby | 22nd March 2020 | Featured
The Home Office, under Theresa May, was aware of significant concerns about the potential for hostile environment measures to result in discrimination, the review finds.  It adds:  "Despite the warnings, the department failed to  monitor, or properly evaluate, the effectiveness and impact of the compliant environment measures."   the review makes it clear that the roots of the scandal stretch back over the decades, as immigration legislation was gradually tightened from 1948 onwards, including by Labour governments in the 1990's.   However, it pinpoints the development of hostile environment policies during Theresa May's time at the Home office as the moment at which problems escalated.   A key  failure was a misplaced assumption in the impact assessments for the 2013 and 2015 immigration bills that those who were unable to prove they were here legally, were therefore here unlawfully.  Around 17% of the UK population do not have passports, and until the introduction of the hostile environment, most people have not needed them.   Following the report's publication, Labour called for a repeal of the hostile environment legislation, but the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, only said she would review the reports recommendations.   Williams found a consistent desire among civil servants, and Ministers,  to blame Windrushers for their own plight.   Some Windrush victims remain in severe financial and personal difficulties, facing homelessness and unemployment because of Home Office policies.  Many people affected have not approached the Home Office because they are scared of the threat of immigration enforcement action, Williams notes.   The true scale of the scandal remains unknown....

Chris Welby | 22nd March 2020 | Featured
Officials mistakenly classified her as being in the country illegally, even though she had lived here for 51 years, since she was six....

Chris Welby | 22nd March 2020 | Featured
Williams’ finding that failings within the department amounted to an “institutional ignorance and thoughtlessness towards the issue of race”...

Chris Welby | 22nd March 2020 | Featured
Alliance of 16 anti-racism groups says report on scandal proves ‘institutional failures to understand racism’...

Chris Welby | 22nd March 2020 | Featured
Almost every day, there is a new story about the Home Office needlessly ruining someone’s life...

Chris Welby | 11th March 2020 | Featured
Neil Crawford alleges Celotex ‘calculatedly sought to deceive’ over the safety of its product...

Chris Welby | 01st March 2020 | Featured
Scheme has made payments to just 36 people, despite 11,000 being eligible...

Chris Welby | 01st March 2020 | Featured
In interviews, three of the 17 who were forcibly returned to Jamaica on Tuesday said they fear they will be targeted by gangs if their whereabouts become known....

Chris Welby | 29th February 2020 | Featured
The experience of being put on the flight last February was terrifying. “They chained me like I was a wild animal,” he said, describing the wrist and foot restraints he had to wear....

Chris Welby | 29th February 2020 | Featured
  More than 100 cross-party MPs and peers have signed a letter to Boris Johnson calling for the flight to be postponed...

Chris Welby | 29th February 2020 | Featured
They chanted “black communities have the right, here to stay, here to fight” and “no charter flight, respect human rights”....

Chris Welby | 12th February 2020 | Featured
David Lammy asks :  “The question today is: why have they resumed those flights ?...

Chris Welby | 12th February 2020 | Featured
Just £62,198 issued to date from compensation pot expected to distribute up to £570m...

Chris Welby | 12th February 2020 | Featured
I speak with people in Lambeth day in and day out who have had their lives destroyed...

Chris Welby | 08th February 2020 | Featured
Hatice Cengiz tells Guardian world has failed to punish kingdom over journalist’s murder in Turkey...

Chris Welby | 02nd February 2020 | Featured
People involved in cladding want assurances testimonies will not be used to prosecute them...

Chris Welby | 02nd February 2020 | Featured
Lawyers for bereaved and survivors say companies ‘all have blood on their hands’...

Chris Welby | 28th January 2020 | Featured
The cladding system, the insulation and the architectural crown - all three parts of the construction were found to have contributed to the spread of the fire. ...

Chris Welby | 25th January 2020 | Featured
"Instead, this bill puts some of the world’s most vulnerable and desperate children at even greater risk of harm."...

Chris Welby | 25th January 2020 | Featured
Child refugees have become pawns in a rightwing culture war ...

Chris Welby | 17th January 2020 | Featured
Eight families remain in temporary accommodation and one is still in a hotel....

Chris Welby | 17th January 2020 | Featured
Survivors described Mehra’s appointment as “a slap in the face” for their hopes of justice. ...

Chris Welby | 25th December 2019 | Featured
Renewable energy targets are driving tree-cutting for biomass energy...

Chris Welby | 25th December 2019 | Featured
Experts horrified at large-scale forest removal to meet wood pellet demand...

Chris Welby | 10th December 2019 | Featured
Oceans losing oxygen at unprecedented rate, experts warn Sharks, tuna, marlin and other large fish at risk from spread of ‘dead zones’, say scientists...

Chris Welby | 10th December 2019 | Featured
The Greenland ice sheet’s losses have accelerated so fast since the 1990s it is now shedding more than seven times as much ice each year...

Chris Welby | 05th December 2019 | Featured
          Campaigners say more will die unless flammable cladding is urgently taken off high rises    ...

Chris Welby | 05th December 2019 | Featured
"More times that I care to remember I had female clients in tears as they glanced up at the tower when they went to leave....

Chris Welby | 29th November 2019 | Featured
“We have this alarming evidence that part of the west Antarctic ice sheet may be in irreversible retreat,” said Lenton. “All the signals are that it is.” A similar situation appears to be occurring at the Wilkes basin in east Antarctica. The collapse of these ice sheets would eventually raise sea level by many metres.   https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/27/climate-emergency-world-may-have-crossed-tipping-points...

Chris Welby | 29th November 2019 | Featured
New Denialism is visible in the gaps between words and actions: oil companies claiming to decarbonise while approving enough fossil fuel production to shoot us well past 2C; governments promising emission reductions with no credible plan to do so. Two weeks ago the UN called the majority of existing climate policies “totally inadequate”.   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/28/boris-johnson-climate-crisis-denying-channel-4-debate...

Chris Welby | 20th November 2019 | Featured
Once again, it's money.  "We care for the people",  says the government.  But oops, who cares about people living in flats |?  Not eye catching enough,  so go away  .  .  .  actually we don't care,  it's just about what will keep us in power, as basically we are totally corrupt  .  .  .  so any nice headlines ?   Bolton fire: government downplaying risks of HPL cladding, say critics Pleas to remove flammable panels were apparently being dismissed as recently as a fortnight ago...

Chris Welby | 20th November 2019 | Featured
Global heating is “supercharging” an increasingly dangerous climate mechanism in the Indian Ocean   Of most concern are years in which the sea surface off the coast of Africa warms up...

Chris Welby | 20th November 2019 | Featured
Study after study shows the deadly impact of PM 2.5 particles  - do the politicians care ?   Do they heck  .  .  .     Researchers at King’s College London examined the combined impact of PM2.5...

Chris Welby | 20th November 2019 | Featured
“The current government has systematically weakened the capacity of this country to manage its environment. It’s been done by stealth. “They have taken a lesson, I suspect quite consciously, from the libertarian right in the US that you won’t win the argument about weakening environmental standards, so you don’t argue it. What you do is you weaken the capacity to make them effective.   The government is set to miss the 2020 and 2030 EU emissions targets on PM2.5 – one of most damaging pollutants...

Chris Welby | 28th October 2019 | Featured
Seeds of the 2018 scandal were sown in 1948 by a government that was unwilling to treat black immigrants as British...

Chris Welby | 26th October 2019 | Featured
Note :  this item is more than a year old :   The regulatory change will signal a major upheaval in the building industry....

Chris Welby | 26th October 2019 | Featured
Report on 2017 fire must be as hard-hitting as Stephen Lawrence report, say bereaved...

Chris Welby | 26th October 2019 | Featured
Chance of ending deforestation by 2030 seems lower than when pledge was made five years ago...

Chris Welby | 26th October 2019 | Featured
“The Ha Tinh environmental disaster has been very problematic for fishermen whose livelihood was taken away...

Chris Welby | 26th October 2019 | Featured
go to :   ExxonMobil spent $9.6m – by far the biggest sum...

Chris Welby | 15th August 2019 | Featured
The inability or unwillingness of Washington to help defuse the flash points ...

Chris Welby | 10th August 2019 | Featured
Illegal loggers are ramping up a “brutal, fast” assault on the Brazilian Amazon ...

Chris Welby | 10th August 2019 | Featured
"We got about three houses in imminent danger . ."...

Chris Welby | 10th August 2019 | Featured
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/08/alaska-warmest-month-ever-july-2019-sea-ice...

Chris Welby | 20th July 2019 | Featured
Blowing trillions of tonnes of snow on to ice sheet could halt its collapse, researchers say...

Chris Welby | 20th July 2019 | Featured
MPs say ministers must work faster as hundreds of towers still have dangerous cladding...

Chris Welby | 20th July 2019 | Featured
High-pressure laminate must be taken down, fire safety advisers tell government...

Chris Welby | 13th July 2019 | Featured
Fund donates £500,000 to grassroots Extinction Rebellion...

Chris Welby | 13th July 2019 | Featured
Nearly 80% of cities to undergo dramatic and potentially disastrous changes, study finds...

Chris Welby | 09th July 2019 | Featured
Developing countries must prepare now for profound impact, disaster representative says...

Chris Welby | 01st July 2019 | Featured
As residents queue for daily rations and businesses suffer, city’s politicians squabble over how to tackle shortages...

Chris Welby | 30th June 2019 | Featured
Credible evidence’ Saudi crown prince liable for Khashoggi killing – UN report...

Chris Welby | 30th June 2019 | Featured
Ice losses indicate ‘devastating’ future for region and 1 billion people who depend on it for water...

Chris Welby | 21st June 2019 | Featured
Less oxygen and ice, more acid and heat. Jonathan Watts joins an expedition studying what this means for the planet...

Chris Welby | 16th June 2019 | Featured
You refused to discuss the fact that hundreds of tower blocks are unsafe :  using the excuse that "today is a day for the victims".    You can do nothing for the victims, they are dead.  But you are not afraid to use the victims in a hypocritical move to silence debate. You are able to discuss the government's failure to act, but choose not to do so.   let us note that the government set up the Inquiry with a deliberate aim to protect the government, and major contractors /firms.   It is called corruption, Mr Brokenshire.   Obscure the truth as much as possible,  push the blame away from the government,  get re-elected, and draw a fat salary, with expenses, and look after those who can lobby government behind closed doors.   It's called corruption, Mr Brokenshire.   After the service, Brokenshire refused to discuss the fact that hundreds of tower blocks remain covered in Grenfell-style cladding  ...

Chris Welby | 16th June 2019 | Featured
Only 13 people have been given any assistance from the hardship fund set up to help Windrush victims...

Chris Welby | 16th June 2019 | Featured
Grief and rage mark second anniversary of Grenfell Tower fire...

Chris Welby | 14th June 2019 | Featured
The editor of this site is busy writing a review of the climate emergency, it will be a longish article with many references.  At the end, I will draw conclusions from the Bible.  I think it is easiest if I publish it bit by bit, as a work in progress, as it is taking some time to write, given that I am still working full time, on a night shift.  Scroll to Home, and then Climate Emergency on the drop down menu....

Chris Welby | 14th June 2019 | Featured
Survivors say government is going through the motions and risks allowing another disaster...

Chris Welby | 14th June 2019 | Featured
“You guys are doing almost nothing,” Thompson told the minister...

Chris Welby | 14th June 2019 | Featured
survivors mark anniversary of the fire with vigil and silent march...

Chris Welby | 14th June 2019 | Featured
The Home Office acknowledged that officials repeatedly tipped off other government departments, wrongly informing them that Windrush generation people were in the UK illegally....

Chris Welby | 08th June 2019 | Featured
Potential offences range from manslaughter to health and safety breaches...

Chris Welby | 08th June 2019 | Featured
Graham Tomlin says disaster is an opportunity for renewal after launching report...

Chris Welby | 22nd May 2019 | Featured
“We caught ’em — they were spying,” Trump said...

Chris Welby | 14th May 2019 | Featured
Relatives of people killed in London tower block fire say they are not being heard...

Chris Welby | 14th May 2019 | Featured
leaseholders said the cladding was making them fear for their lives and causing serious mental health and financial problems....

Chris Welby | 12th May 2019 | Featured
“What worries me most right now is that if Trump gets a second term he’ll also bend all the key institutions that govern us,” ...

Chris Welby | 03rd May 2019 | Featured
Hundreds of students say they were wrongly accused of cheating in Toeic test in 2014...

Chris Welby | 03rd May 2019 | Featured
Raja Noman Hussain is one of many foreign students arrested and detained by the Home Office...

Chris Welby | 03rd May 2019 | Featured
‘Toxic atmosphere’: the Home Office unit everybody wants to leave...

Chris Welby | 02nd May 2019 | Featured
Homeowners want freeholders to pay costs of removing fire-risk cladding from tower blocks...

Chris Welby | 02nd May 2019 | Featured
Survey finds people in blocks built with now-banned panels are ‘hugely affected’ by issue...

Chris Welby | 27th February 2019 | Featured
Gebremeskel led other survivors down the stairs wrapped in wet towels...

Chris Welby | 21st February 2019 | Featured
Fire service will get most public scrutiny as its actions are examined first, union says...

Chris Welby | 17th February 2019 | Featured
The author whose politics were rooted in anti-racism defined achievement on her own terms...

Chris Welby | 10th February 2019 | Featured
A Video offers alarming clues...

Chris Welby | 06th February 2019 | Featured