Report: Former Conservative cabinet minister argued against mandatory sprinklers in buildings.
Said it was responsibility of fire fighting industry to market them...
Now I'm one of the right-leaning members of this board. But this seems a little bit ridiculous to me. First of all I don't know what the difference in the U.K. and Canadian conservatism is but this would never fly in Canada. Sprinkler and alarm systems would be required for this kind of building. Reminds me of auto insurance it is something you need to operate a motor vehicle in Canada and for good reason, you pick the auto insurance provider you like best but you still need auto-insurance. I would think it should be the situation where buildings need fire safety systems you simply get to choose the most competitive provider. Not only that but having a limited fire which might have been stopped with a working sprinkler system would have been far less damaging than the upcoming write-off of this building. Not to mention the inevitable lawsuits which will be coming against the managers of the building for the piss-poor fire negation done on this building.
This is not a total denunciation of capitalism and building administration by the way. This was a publicly-owned and managed building and I don't believe any large private organization would have been this careless with fire administration like this public one seemed to be due to bureaucratic incompetence.