The activist, film-maker, writer, agent provocateur and flaneur, my friend Tim Burke, who has taken his own life aged 55, fought hard for “justice 4 Grenfell”. He was profoundly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in west London, and continually railed against what he saw as the venality of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

In the early hours of 14 June last year, Tim was at the Latymer Christian Centre where survivors had gathered, sending out urgent requests for money, food and water. He said that it was a terrible sight, every inch of space taken by people silently sitting, saying nothing, in the clothes they had escaped in, reeking of smoke.

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