Sajid Javid toured TV and radio studios this morning to assure the public that the Government will do everything in its power to make sure the Grenfell Tower tragedy is never repeated.

He told the Today programme: “Whatever they tell us is required to make those people safe…that is what will have to be done.”

That is the same Ayn Rand enthusiast who, as Business Secretary, launched a review about how to cut red tape for house builders in December 2015, alongside then Housing Minister Brandon Lewis.

Speaking on the launch of the review, Javid said:

“This review will give housebuilders and smaller construction businesses a powerful voice as part of our £10 billion deregulation drive. Where rules are too complicated, ineffective or poorly enforced, I want to hear about it and the government will take action. Together we can cut red tape and get Britain building.”

The stated aims of the review included “changes made to the construction, design and management regulations” as well as environmental safeguards:

The review’s findings were published by the Government in February this year. It states:

“The review evidence identified 6 thematic areas as the cause of burdens on the sector. These areas are planning, highways, environment, utilities, building regulations and burdens on SMEs.”

Worryingly, the document goes on to state that the findings “formed a significant input into the white paper ‘Fixing our broken housing market.’”

The review was part of the Government’s wider “Cutting Red Tape” programme, which has its own logo, website and Twitter account.

Incredibly, the website’s homepage cites reducing fire safety inspections among its achievements:

David Cameron launched a Red Tape Challenge shortly after the Tories came to power, saying he wanted to “kill off the health and safety culture for good.”

He also established a permanent Cabinet committee on “reducing regulation”, which still exists. This is its current membership:

Scrapbook says it’s time for the Tories to stop playing politics with peoples lives and end their ideological attack on health and safety by shutting down their Cutting Red Tape programme and dissolving the Cabinet committee on “reducing regulation.”

Red tape saves lives…


  1. richardofkent says:

    The red tape that currently exists did not stop the tragic accident at Grenfell Towers, so why should it not be got rid of and replaced by more appropriate, non ideological, regulations ?

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