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What is a home?

The Grenfell fire forces Britain to confront its greatest failure

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The burnt remains of the Grenfell tower linger on the west London skyline as a sign of the UK’s housing crisis. The building, the fire, and events before and after, epitomise decades of profiteering, dysfunctionality—and disdain. In the days after the fire, the state appeared in chaotic bursts. Families and friends of the missing were left to walk the streets of the country’s richest borough in an attempt to find news of relatives. Four days later, Nisha Parti, a volunteer, said there was no consistent council presence; a new representative would come every day.

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In Prospect’s August issue: Adam Tooze, Helen Thompson, Ben Chu, Julian Baggini, Tom Clark and Hepzibah Anderson reveal the secret history of the banking crisis and its impact over the last decade. Tooze examines the secret history itself, suggesting the work done to repair the world’s finances could mean another crisis is just around the corner. Chu asks why more people at the top of the banks that failed haven’t faced more serious repercussions, and Anderson shows how post-crash Britain has retreated into cosiness. Elsewhere in the issue Alison Wolf asks whether universities are doing any good, and David Goldblatt explores how the decision to take football off free-to-view television in Argentina could backfire for the government. Also in this issue: Kasia Boddy asks why writers are still addicted to watching boxing despite falling viewing figures, Andrew Dickson profiles Tom Stoppard, Stephen Bush explains how Jeremy Corbyn learned to compromise and David Omand outlines the cyber-security challenges facing the UK and the wider world.
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