The Grenfell fire two years ago today [14 June] should have come as a shot through the dying heart of neoliberal Britain, but it didn’t. Neither did Carillion. Or the financial crash.
As Sean Baillie, an organiser for the Living Rent Tenants’ Union, said to me in the days after the fire, “there’s all these columns in The Guardian saying ‘neoliberalism is over’, but nothing’s actually changed”.
I had my doubts about that. The towering inferno seemed like such a symbolic moment of everything that’s wrong with the system, and the fury from the community which accompanied it appeared to put the seal on the idea that there’s no going back from this.