The powerful don’t answer for their deeds. Look at the latest from the tragedy’s inquiry
Being accountable for one’s actions seems about as fashionable these days as a foreign holiday. It is telling that Dido Harding can oversee the debacle that was the test-and-trace programme and yet still be in the running to be the next boss of NHS England; that the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, having been rebuked by the inquiry into Daniel Morgan’s death for her failure to cooperate, can swat away all calls to account for her actions.
The culture of “It’s not my responsibility, guv” and “Even if it is my responsibility, why should I be held accountable for my misdeeds?” is not confined to Westminster but now permeates society. Those with power feel little obligation to answer for their actions. To see the raw impact of this culture of impunity, have a look at the Grenfell Tower inquiry. It’s been going on for so long (the first hearings took place in June 2018) that it now barely makes a ripple in the news. What it continues to expose, however, is that the kind of culture that allows Harding and Dick to blithely brush off failure and dodge responsibility was also the culture that led to that fire on the night of 14 June 2017 and the 72 deaths that resulted, and that has allowed relatives of the victims and the wider community to be ignored and abandoned ever since.