It is a complex issue that has allowed our standards to fall. Formally ALL building work was authorised and inspected by local authority engineers and surveyors, These people had decades of experience and not a single stone was left unturned. The policy of allowing surveyors not chartered within the UK to practice here was largely EU driven, as was the policy of allowing construction companies to appoint their own surveyors, a clear conflict of interest. These surveyors produced the reports, so as a result, the local authority simply dealt with the administration without making site visits. This lead to the authorities no longer needing competent staff, so costs were cut and the senior surveyors were often offered a redundancy or early retirement package. Replacing these people today would be near impossible. This shambolic mess was the underlying cause of the Grenfel fire. We can blame the supplying companies, but they supplied what the customer ordered and no one stopped it. Correctly installed, the cladding would have required around 800 fire barriers, but not a single one was specified, ordered or fitted. The cladding was of the wrong type, but again, the supplier delivered what the customer ordered. If you suggested American cladding to me, you would only need to look at a few You-Tube fire videos to see why I would fall off my chair laughing. My point is that the EU dictate so much in our everyday life, including air pollution, what crops we produce for export, the types of crops grown and even the curvature of our cucumbers. This interference has ALLOWED (not caused) the current shambolic mess and created an environment for the perfect storm. Sadly, the residents of Grenfel paid with their lives. I do feel very strongly about Grenfel for several reasons. The first was that I could see something like that coming, most frighteningly in a theatre. The second was the close proximity to our home. Lastly, but not least, the 6 months that our daughter spent inside the building following the fire. She still suffers traumatic moments and they will probably haunt her for the rest of her life. Working during the nights after the building became infested with pigeons and rats was horrendous.