Theresa May announced yesterday that there will be a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower Fire. A “something must be done, we are doing something” response.
Her history with public inquiries is not good – they get dragged out and it feels to me like this is a delaying tactic.
Then I saw this interview with Sophie Khan, who was the solicitor for the victims of the Lakanal House tower block fire in 2009.
And this one with Aamer Anwar, lawyer and human rights activist.
As far as I can tell
A public inquiry is set up by government, its scope set by government and run by a judge appointed by the Home Secretary. Interested members of the public and organisations may make (written) evidential submissions.
Inquests are governed by the Coroners Rules and near relatives (or their laywers) are entitled to examine witnesses and those whose conduct is likely to be scrutinised.
I don’t know if it will do any good, this government are expert at ignoring things they don’t like (like loss of mandate) but here is a petition