Tory Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid today told the House of Commons that the government had tested the cladding on seventy-five tower blocks – and all seventy-five had failed fire tests.
A 100% fail rate is a national scandal that ought to be enough to bring down the government – but the shameless Tories have already shown there are no depths they won’t sink to in order to cling to power.
But what nobody seems to be commenting on is that number: 75.
Last Thursday, Theresa May told media that 100 blocks per day would be tested:
Yet here we are five days later – surely there’s no question of only working Mon-Fri – and Javid says seventy-five have been tested.
And eleven had already been tested and identified – meaning the buildings tested since 9.50am last Thursday only number sixty-four.
That’s an average of 12.8 per day – over 87% down on the ‘100 a day’.
In a matter of such huge urgency – with lives literally depending on it and thousands of people facing indefinite periods in temporary accommodation as basic as an airbed in a sports hall – the government is running at below 13% of its promised speed.
With some 6,000 residential blocks possibly at risk, at this speed it will take the government more than 15 months to complete the testing programme.
The residents of Grenfell Tower need no help understanding that the government places a low value on their lives and humanity. If anyone had any lingering doubts about what the Tories think about the rest of us, those are surely killed off emphatically by the government’s slackness and incompetence in its testing regime.
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