Several people have died and more than 50 are in hospital after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, a fire chief says. People were trapped inside the burning Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help, and shouting for their children to be saved. Firefighters, still at the scene, rescued large numbers of residents. The 24-storey block, now smoking ruins, looks at risk of collapsing.
Eyewitnesses said they saw lights – thought to be mobile phones or torches – flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows – some holding children.
London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said there had been a number of fatalities but she could not say how many because of the “size and complexity” of the building. She urged all residents to make sure they had reported themselves to police so that the authorities know they are safe. The cause of this “unprecedented incident” was not yet known, she said, and it was too early to speculate on the building, although it was structurally safe enough for her crews to be working inside.
Paul Munakr, who lives on the seventh floor, managed to escape. “As I was going down the stairs, there were firefighters, truly amazing firefighters that were actually going upstairs, to the fire, trying to get as many people out the building as possible,” he told the BBC.
He said he was alerted to the fire not by fire alarms but by people on the street below, shouting “don’t jump, don’t jump”.
Eyewitness Jody Martin said: “I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window… hearing screams.
“I was yelling at everyone to get down and they were saying ‘We can’t leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors.'”
Michael Paramaseevan, who lives on the seventh floor with his girlfriend and young daughter, said he ignored official advice to stay in your home.
“If we had stayed in that flat, we would’ve perished. My gut instinct told me just to get the girls out. I wrapped the little one up because of the smoke and I just got them out.”
Another resident, Zoe, who lives on the fourth floor, said she was woken by a neighbour banging on her door.
“The whole landing was thick with smoke. The smoke alarms weren’t going off but the way it spread so quickly from the fourth floor, all the way up to the 23rd floor was scary.”
We were watching debris falling from the building, and hearing explosions and breaking glass. The police keep pushing back their cordons, pushing back members of the public for fear the building might collapse.
Matt Wrack, of the Fire Brigades Union said something had clearly gone badly wrong with fire prevention procedures at the building. Firefighters would normally fight a fire in a tower block from the inside, going up the fire escape, and fighting using the internal dry-rising mains, he said, but that’s not been possible in this case.
“Several hundred” people would have been in the block when the fire broke out, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Nick Paget-Brown said.
Appeals are being made on social media for news of missing friends and relatives, who might have been caught in the blaze.
An emergency rest centre has been opened for those now homeless at the Harrow Centre, in Freston Road. There are also local collections under way for spare clothes, toys and toiletries.
The first reports of fire in the tower, in Latimer Road, on the Lancaster West Estate, came in at 00:54 BST. Three hours later, people were still being evacuated from the tower, the police said.
Grenfell Tower was built in 1974 by Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council.
It’s part of the Lancaster West Estate, a sprawling inner-city social housing complex of nearly 1,000 homes.
Grenfell Tower underwent a two-year £10m refurbishment as part of a wider transformation of the estate, that was completed last year.
Work included new exterior cladding and a communal heating system.
The 24-storey tower, containing 120 flats, is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) on behalf of the council.
The local Grenfell Action Group had claimed, before and during the refurbishment, the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was “severely restricted”.
Council leader Nick Paget-Brown said the buildings were regularly inspected, but a “thorough investigation” was needed.
One eyewitness, George Clarke, the presenter of Channel 4 TV programme Amazing Spaces, told Radio 5 Live: “I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is.
“I’m 100 metres away and I’m absolutely covered in ash.
“It’s so heartbreaking, I’ve seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can’t get out.”
Tim Downie, another eyewitness, told the BBC part of the building was “completely burned away”.
“It has burned through to its very core,” he said.
“It looks very bad, very very bad. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s just such a big fire.
“The whole building is just crumbling. It’s just billowing black smoke.”
Safiyah, who is about 500m away from the building, said: “There are lots of people gathered in the street. I just see more and more flames burning and tragically I hear people crying for help.
“The entire building is burning through.”
London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together. British multiculturalists are feeding Islamic fundamentalism. Londonistan, with its new 423 mosques, is built on the sad ruins of English Christianity.
The Hyatt United Church was bought by the Egyptian community to be converted to a mosque. St Peter’s Church has been converted into the Madina Mosque. The Brick Lane Mosque was built on a former Methodist church. Not only buildings are converted, but also people. The number of converts to Islam has doubled. Often, they embrace radical Islam, as with Khalid Masood, the terrorist who struck Westminster.
At the Church of San Giorgio, designed to accommodate 1,230 worshipers, only 12 people gather to celebrate Mass. At the Church of Santa Maria, there are 20. The nearby Brune Street Estate mosque has a different problem: overcrowding. Its small room can contain only 100. On Friday, the faithful must pour into the street to pray. Given the current trends, Christianity in England is becoming a relic, while Islam will be the religion of the future.
In Birmingham, the second-largest British city, where many Jihadis live and orchestrate their attacks, an Islamic minaret dominates the sky. There are petitions to allow British mosques to call the Islamic faithful to prayer on loudspeakers three times a day!
By 2020, estimates are that the number of Muslims attending prayers will reach at least 683,000, while the number of Christians attending weekly Mass will drop to 679,000. The new cultural landscape of English cities has arrived. The homogenized Christian landscape of state religion is in retreat. While nearly half of British Muslims are under the age of 25, a quarter of Christians are over 65. In another 20 years there are going to be more active Muslims than there are churchgoers.
Since 2001, 500 London churches of all denominations have been turned into private homes. During the same period, British mosques have been proliferating. The proportion of Britons who identify themselves as Anglicans fell to 12%. Churchgoers are declining at a rate that within a generation, their number will be three times lower than that of Muslims who go regularly to mosque on Friday.
Demographically, Britain has been acquiring an increasingly an Islamic face, in places such as Birmingham, Bradford, Derby, Dewsbury, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Sheffield, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets. An analysis of the most common name in England showed it is Mohammed, including spelling variations such as Muhammad and Mohammad.
Most important cities have huge Muslim populations: Manchester (15.8%), Birmingham (21.8%) and Bradford (24.7%). In Birmingham, the police just dismantled a terrorist cell. There is also a greater probability that a child will be born into a Muslim family than into a Christian one. In Bradford and Leicester, half the children are Muslim. Muslims do not need to become the majority in the UK. They just need gradually to Islamize the most important cities. The change is already taking place. Londonistan is not a Muslim majority nightmare. It is a cultural, demographic, and religious hybrid in which Christianity declines and Islam advances.
Only two of the 1,700 mosques in Britain today follow the modernist interpretation of Islam, compared with 56% in the United States. The Wahhabis control six percent of mosques in the UK, while the fundamentalist Deobandi control up to 45%. A third of UK Muslims do not feel part of British culture.
London is also full of sharia courts. There are officially 100. The advent of this parallel judicial system has been made possible thanks to the British Arbitration Act and the system of Alternative Dispute Resolution. These new courts are based on the rejection of the inviolability of human rights: the values of freedom and equality that are the basis of English Common Law.
British personalities keep opening the door to introduce sharia. One of Britain’s leading judges, Sir James Munby, said that Christianity no longer influences the courts and these must be multicultural, which means more Islamic. Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, and Chief Justice Lord Phillips also suggested that British law should incorporate elements of sharia law. The British cultural establishment is rapidly capitulating to Islamic fundamentalists in accepting their demands.
British universities are also advancing Islamic law. The official guidelines of the university, External speakers in higher education institutions, published by Universities UK, provide that orthodox religious groups may separate men and women during events. At Queen Mary University of London, women had to use a separate entrance and were forced to sit in a room without being able to ask questions or raise their hands, as in Riyadh or Tehran. The Islamic Society at the London School of Economics held a gala, in which women and men were separated by a seven-meter panel.
After the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, recommended self-censorship and some restraint in discussing Islam. The British ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis, converted to Islam and completed the pilgrimage to Mecca, the hajj. He now calls himself Haji Collis. What will be next?
It’s appropriate to remember Theresa May’s documented record of dhimmitude during her stint at the Home Office. As Home Secretary, she made the official decision to keep the super-heroes Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller out of UK! May is in the habit of changing her opinions on immigration and Islam whenever the political winds change direction. Since the American winds have most assuredly reversed their direction, she may find it expedient to abandon her earlier dhimmitude as she climbs aboard the Trump bandwagon.
Pseudo-children pseudo-refugees arrive in UK covered by blankets to hide their old age! Children do not have wisdom teeth, because they erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. So all those pseudo-refugees with wisdom teeth are big liars when they claim they are children in order to come to UK. Britons are fooled by pseudo-children pseudo-refugees.
Sharia councils in the UK are overwhelmingly run and overseen by men with a history of expressing jihadist and deeply misogynistic notions. For example, Suhaib Hasan — a senior figure at the Islamic Sharia Council — is on record as calling for the chopping the hands of the thieves, the flogging of the adulterers, the flogging of the drunkards, then jihad against the non-Muslim. Furthermore, Haitham al-Haddad, another senior pseudo-judge at the same organization, has stated clearly that a man should not be questioned why he hit his wife. He also advocates lashing and stoning as punishment for adultery.
A woman has no unilateral right to divorce under sharia law, even in cases of domestic violence, and are obliged either to seek the permission of a husband or a group of clerics, a woman’s testimony is worth less than a man’s, and fathers have exclusive rights over children. Sharia law is not compatible with UK laws or norms, but at no point is the public informed of this.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared that sharia family law, the area of law being practiced in the UK, is wholly incompatible with human rights, due to its treatment of women. The Court found that sharia was incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy as set forth in the Convention. It considered that sharia, which faithfully reflects the dogmas and divine rules laid down by religion, is stable and invariable.
Principles such as pluralism in the political sphere or the constant evolution of public freedoms have no place in sharia. According to the Court, it was difficult to declare one’s respect for democracy and human rights while at the same time supporting a regime based on sharia, which clearly diverged from Convention values, particularly with regard to its criminal law and criminal procedure, its rules on the legal status of women and the way it intervened in all spheres of private and public life in accordance with religious precepts.
Sharia councils work under the authority granted to them under the Arbitration Act 1996, and the councils’ relationships with UK courts are convoluted, to claim they have no legal force is a complete falsehood. Fake news if you will. Though the mainstream media have become somewhat accustomed to that in recent weeks.
We are observing the plight of real women who are fleeing marital rape, domestic violence, or just don’t want to be married to their husbands any more. Muslim women are often forced into marital captivity, Shariah councils are prejudiced in favor of Muslim husbands, and Imams reject the supremacy of UK law when it comes to matters of divorce.
We object to Sharia law, because these practices are contrary to the rights of women. Judges in these courts tell women to accept polygamy and to not to report domestic violence to the police. Violent fathers are given custody of their children. As these facts become known, the tide of the public debate is turning. We hardly hear anyone pleading in favor of sharia courts now.
Intolerance wears a progressive mask in the 21st century. Students hound political undesirables off campus in the name of protecting diversity. Adverts are banned from the London Underground in the name of women’s rights. Rappers and other hotheads are barred from Britain on the basis that their utterances are not conducive to our good, progressive way of life. And now assorted leftists and tweeters are seeking to punish tabloid newspapers, to starve them of big revenue, in the name of promoting tolerance. Yes, intolerance – in this case of the redtop press and its right to say what it wants – is tolerance.
Stop Funding Hate is a new campaign aimed at getting big businesses — like Lego, John Lewis, Walkers Crisps, Virgin — to stop advertising in what are referred to as hate newspapers. So leftists, who are meant to be anti-big business, and particularly anti big business sticking its moneyed, self-interested nose into political life and debate, are calling on big business to use its clout to harm newspapers that say disagreeable things. They want huge corporations — Virgin is a $19bn business, Lego a $5bn one — to put pressure on newspapers; to tell them we will stop giving you money unless you change your editorial tone. Let’s curb the euphemisms and all the talk of promoting tolerance — this is a sly, sinister effort to chill and tame the press; a marshalling of capitalist power to punish newspapers and force them to change. It’s a stab at censorship, not a cry for tolerance.
Stop Funding Hate is primarily concerned with the tone of the tabloids since the EU referendum. It doesn’t like what some of these apparently low, rude papers have said about immigration. Or judges. It was especially upset when the Mail branded the three judges who said Brexit should be ruled on by MPs as ‘enemies of the people’. Imagine that: a paper criticizing the judiciary. This clearly cannot stand. Call in the capitalist class to punish these redtop upstarts, these wicked ridiculers of judges, these sewer-inhabiting critics of the powers-that-be.
The city of Birmingham in the West Midlands, the heart of England, the place where the Industrial Revolution began, the second city of the UK and the eighth-largest in Europe, today is Britain’s most dangerous city. With a large and growing Muslim population, five of its electoral wards have the highest levels of radicalization and terrorism in the country.
There is an unease with the growing dislocation between normative British values and those of the several Islamic enclaves. In the Small Heath quarter nearly 95% of the population is Muslim and little girls wear veils. Most of the men wear beards, and women wear jilbabs and niqabs to cover their bodies and faces. Market stalls close for the hours of prayer, the shops display Islamic clothes, and the bookshops are all religious.
There are plenty of private Muslim schools and madrasas in this city. They pretend that they all preach tolerance, love and peace, but that isn’t true. Behind their walls, they force-feed students with repetitive verses of the Qur’an, about hate, and intolerance.
There are some no-go areas where even the police are afraid to go, where the country’s normal laws barely apply. The sectarian lifestyle of the Islamists increasingly imposes itself and threatens to blow up a society which has fallen victim to its multicultural utopia.
Terror convictions have apparently doubled in the past five years. Worse, the number of offenders not previously known to the authorities has increased sharply. Women’s involvement in terrorism, although still less than men’s, has trebled over the same period. Alarmingly, proportionally, offences involving beheadings or stabbings (planned or otherwise) increased eleven-fold across the time periods, from 4% to 44%.”
Only 10% of the attacks are committed by lone wolves; almost 80% were affiliated with, inspired by or linked to extremist networks — with 25% linked to al-Muhajiroun alone. That organization, which went under various names, was once defended by some Whitehall officials, a clear indication of governmental naivety.
A clear link is shown between highly-segregated Muslim areas and terrorism.
Nearly half of all British Muslims live in neighborhoods where Muslims form less than a fifth of the population. However, a disproportionately low number of Islamist terrorists — 38% — come from such neighborhoods. The city of Leicester, which has a sizeable but well-integrated Muslim population, has bred only two terrorists in the past 19 years.
Only 14% of British Muslims live in neighborhoods that are more than 60% Muslim. However, 24% of all Islamist terrorists come from these neighborhoods. Birmingham, which has both a large and a highly segregated Muslim population, is the key example of the phenomenon.
Just five of Britain’s 9,500 council wards — all in Birmingham — account for 26 convicted terrorists, a tenth of the national total. The wards — Springfield, Sparkbrook, Hodge Hill, Washwood Heath and Bordesley Green — contain sizeable areas where the vast majority of the population is Muslim.
Birmingham as a whole, with 234,000 Muslims across its 40 council wards, had 39 convicted terrorists. That is many more than its Muslim population would suggest, and more than West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire put together, even though their combined Muslim population is about 650,000, nearly three times that of Birmingham. There are pockets of high segregation in the north of England but they are much smaller than in Birmingham.
The greatest single number of convicted terrorists, 117, comes from London, but are much more widely spread across that city than in Birmingham and their numbers are roughly proportionate to the capital’s million-strong Muslim community.
Clearly, lack of integration is, not surprisingly, the root of a growing problem. Muslim communities formed by Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigrants and their offspring are the most resistant to integration within British society. Such communities do little or nothing to encourage their children to join in non-Muslim education, events, or activities. Many of their women speak no English and play no role within wider society, and large numbers prefer sharia law to British law.
In the infamous Trojan Horse plot, Muslim radicals conspired to introduce fundamentalist Salafi doctrines and practices into a range of Birmingham schools, not just private Muslim faith schools but regular state schools. A number of schools in Birmingham had been taken over to ensure they were run on strict Islamic principles.
There is a range of inappropriate behavior across the schools, such as irregularities in employment practices, bullying, intimidation, changes to the curriculum, inappropriate proselytizing in non-faith schools, unequal treatment and segregation. Specific examples included:
- a teachers’ social media discussion called the “Park View Brotherhood”, in which homophobic, extremist and sectarian views were aired at Park View Academy and others;
- teachers using anti-Western messages in assemblies, saying that White people would never have Muslim children’s interests at heart;
- the introduction of Friday Prayers in non-faith state schools, and pressure on staff and students to attend. In one school, a public address system was installed to call pupils to prayer, with a member of the staff shouting at students who were in the playground, not attending prayer, and embarrassing some girls when attention was drawn to them because girls who are menstruating are not allowed to attend prayer; and
- senior staff calling students and staff who do not attend prayers kuffarr. Kuffar, the plural of kafir, is an insulting term for unbelievers. This affront reproduces the Salafi technique of condemning moderate or reformist Muslims as non-Muslims who may then be killed for being apostates.
There has been co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained action, carried out by a number of associated individuals, to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into a few schools in Birmingham. This has been achieved in a number of schools by gaining influence on the governing bodies, installing sympathetic headteachers or senior members of staff, appointing like-minded people to key positions, and seeking to remove head teachers they do not feel sufficiently compliant.
The situation remains unstable. Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, in a letter to the Secretary of State for Education, which declared that the situation remains fragile, with:
- a minority of people in the community who are still intent on destabilizing these schools;
- a lack of co-ordinated support for the schools in developing good practice;
- a culture of fear in which teachers operate having gone underground but still there;
- overt intimidation from some elements within the local community;
- organized resistance to the personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum and the promotion of equality.
Birmingham has the largest number of women who are non-proficient in English and the largest number of mosques (161) in the UK.
For many years, the British government has fawned on its Muslim population; evidently the government thought that Muslims would in due course integrate, assimilate, and become fully British, as earlier immigrants had done. More than one survey, however, has shown that the younger generations are even more fundamentalist than their parents and grandparents, who came directly from Muslim countries. The younger generations were born in Britain but at a time when extremist Islam has been growing internationally, notably in countries with which British Muslim families have close connections. Not only that, but a plethora of fundamentalist preachers keep on passing through British Muslim enclaves. These preachers freely lecture in mosques and Islamic centers to youth organizations, and on college and university campuses.
Khalid Masood, a convert to Islam who killed four and injured many more during his attack outside the Houses of Parliament in March, had been living in Birmingham before he set out to wage jihad in Britain’s capital. It is time for some hard thinking about the ways in which modern British tolerance of the intolerant and its embrace of a wished-for, peace-loving multiculturalism have furthered this regression. Birmingham is probably the place to start.
Pseudorefugees are back at Calais! Niggers, ragheads, and naive do-gooders of Calais jungle raise hell. People-smugglers are going to extreme lengths to get migrants in Calais across the Channel to Kent. Placing debris on motorways to stop vehicles and then ambush them is a familiar tactic used in Calais. Truck drivers are threatened with chainsaws and lorries are smashed and set on fire. Migrants wielding bats and knives smash up vehicles on roads near the town as their owners sat in traffic.
The naive do-gooders of Jungle are not so naive after all. They are there for free sex and orgies! Volunteers in the Calais Jungle have been sexually exploiting refugees and even child migrants. The Calais Jungle is now a free brothel, a magnet of pedophiles! Any man or woman can come in and rape a child! Sex tourism galore! Sex-deprived Brits come to Jungle for orgies, pretending they are volunteers!
Migrants have become increasing audacious and violent in their attempts to enter the UK illegally. Some roads are now a no-go zone between midnight and 6am. The situation at the Jungle has become uncontrollable as police numbers drop and migrant numbers rise.
We know from the drama in Calais that mobs of fighting age men are staking their claim to economic betterment while the liberal left continue to grant them refugee or asylum status before the fact. They are braying jackals, thieves, and muggers – those willing to flout the law in their search for freebies in Britain. And even then, they’ll probably complain about their complimentary meals, provided courtesy of the British tax payer.
Look back to recent pronouncements, admissions even, made by charities in Calais. Clothes and food are being dumped and burnt by the migrants in Calais. They have enough food, they have enough clothes and we have seen clothes everywhere thrown.
The fact is the British people are being played for mugs again, and the pro-migrant, disaster tourism brigades who stoke up tensions in Calais drip feed news stories into the media. Mass migration and open borders is a bumper industry. The British government is spending tax payer money funding these groups who attack the tax payer and indeed the British government.
At Calais, you will meet niggers and ragheads who destroyed their papers and refuse to be fingerprinted. Most of them are middle class and economic migrants and admit they are not refugees. They just want Brits to provide housing, welfare, and free access to the British NHS. But if you are honest about your status then you would have claimed asylum in the first country you arrived in.
Human feces were found in Coke cans in bottling plants. The night shift at a Coca-Cola plant was disrupted when a container of cans clogged up the machines, only for workers to discover a number were filled with human waste! It was absolutely horrible, and the machines had to be turned off for about 15 hours to be cleaned.
Some migrants have made that long journey in the lorry and in their desperation were forced to use the cans instead of a toilet. Cans arrive at factories without tops on, to be filled with the fizzy drink before they are sealed and sold.