Do some underpaid public officials and greedy politicians take money from developers to look the other way?
Do fish swim?
The result of such official larceny can be tragedy. A horrible example is Grenfell Tower, where 71 London residents died on June 14, last year.
Gas pipes were not insulated – bare invitation to sparks. No sprinklers were installed. The gravest defect was the Tower’s deadly cladding, according to The Guardian newspaper, which reported:
The Reynobond PE (polyethylene) panels selected over the Reynobond FR (fire resistant) panels were £2 cheaper per square meter. The aluminum-composite panels, which have a core made of the flammable plastic polyethylene, were installed as part of a recent overhaul of the 24-story tower near Notting Hill. The cladding was quickly identified as appearing to help to spread the fire.
The flammable panels saved contractors $2.70 per 10 3/4 square feet, just a few thousand dollars out of millions spent on the project.
The cladding is banned for such use in Britain. Continue reading →