It is sometimes difficult to judge the genuine mood in our major cities if living elsewhere. We are entering a period where there is a combination of benefit cuts starting to bite, actual and perceived austerity, a weak Government, uncertainty over Brexit negotiations and our economic future, dealing with recent terrorist atrocities plus an ongoing threat, and a general mood of division within communities as highlighted in the Referendum and General Election.
Having just seen the London Mayor deliver a short speech in a febrile atmosphere, there was an awful sense of current events potentially being used as a precursor to a period of the civil unrest that can emerge in the hot Summer months. There is considerable and understandable outrage over the horrific fire in North Kensington, and this needs to be addressed comprehensively by all relevant authorities. As seen in the London riots in 2011, a single incident can sometimes act as catalyst for wider unrest. As much as everyone would like to think otherwise, there are those who will adopt a tragic situation to further their own social and political agenda(s). These people will not necessarily have any association at all with the trigger event, but it must be hoped that the terrible news that is still to be shared about the overall loss of life at Grenfell Tower is not used in a way that will not benefit anyone.
I hope I am wrong, but would be interested to hear other views.