Weeping for Kensington

The report by the MP for Kensington and former Kensington & Chelsea councillor, Emma Dent Coad, “After Grenfell: Housing and Inequality in Kensington and Chelsea” makes for horrific reading.

Is this really Britain’s richest borough? Is this really Britain’s richest borough in 2017?

The reasons why Dickensian diseases are reappearing two centuries later is obvious to those that think and seems to be of no concern to those that don’t.

The report reads as an indictment of the council, the government and also the media.

It is well worth a read though not if you want sweet dreams tonight.

Apparently Ms Dent Coad is reported to conclude that “trickle down” does not exist. And indeed in such a rich borough with its extremes of wealth and poverty this would be the obvious place for it to work – if ever if were going to.

It proves once more that the state sets the rules and without them the market never delivers.

That malnutrition thrives in Britain’s richest borough is shocking and an indictment of our ‘democracy’.

It proves the Conservatives of Kensington are unconcerned by the facts.

They have faith.

Goodness knows if they weep, and if they do, what for.




  1. Charles Adams -

    Council tax is ill equipped to address economic justice. It is regressive and seems ill disposed to address need. Chelsea and Kensington has lower council tax than many significantly poorer regions and local governance has not served the community well.

    What is the solution?

    Replace council tax with a national LVT and distribute nationally on a per capita basis?

    1. Peter May -

      Agreed we need LVT – but the report itself ranges wider than just housing problems.

  2. Dipper -

    Is the case being presented here that the presence of rich people in a borough means poor people should have a higher standard of living than poor people in boroughs with no rich people? And if so, then who gets to decide which poor people can live in that borough?

    Why are you only looking at one London borough not at poverty across the whole country? Does poverty outside London not matter?

    1. Peter May -

      In reply to the first question no! The piece was just to highlight the report by the local Kensington MP – hence the tight focus on Kensington. It is not trying to suggest circumstances are wildly different anywhere else. But the disastrous Grenfell Tower Fire put a focus on its own borough.

Comments are closed.