Chris Williamson, newly-returned MP for Derby North, asked Theresa May a straight question in the House of Commons today. That he didn’t receive a straight answer will surprise no one who’s paid any attention to May’s vacuity.
But this question was about tower blocks. And fires in tower blocks. And sprinklers. And firefighters. Nine days after the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Here’s the video of the question – and the ‘answer’ – so you can watch as May dances around it and tries to avoid committing to anything while trying to sound like she actually meant what she had said earlier about being ready to make sure there’s never another ‘Grenfell Tower’:
May spent the Grenfell Tower debate trying to shift blame onto anyone else – in fact, her eagerness to avoid taking responsibility for anything was probably the nearest she has come to transparency in her political career.
But the upshot is clear: May and the Tories will not order the retrofitting of sprinklers – the best guarantee of saving lives in a fire – to residential high-rise buildings.
And in that one ‘answer’ she gave away the absolute lie of everything she has said about Grenfell Tower and actually doing anything about it.
Well done Chris Williamson for exposing the Tories’ hypocrisy with just one question.
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