Tory leadership challenger’s arrogant reaction when challenged over fire brigade cuts
Today, just before the second anniversary of the terrible Grenfell Tower blaze that took so many lives, another huge fire consumed an apartment block in the Barking area of London.
The blaze required a huge number of firefighters and other emergency personnel from all over London to bring it under control.
When Boris Johnson was London mayor, he imposed huge cuts on fire services, closing fire stations and cutting firefighter numbers by around five hundred.
And when he was challenged on those actions by members of the Greater London Assembly (GLA) fire safety panel, his response was an astonishing “Get stuffed”:
By the time of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, fire deaths had already risen by fifteen percent since the Tories came to power. The Tory government fought against measures to install sprinklers in residential blocks.
In the aftermath of the disaster, firefighters told the SKWAWKBOX of the terrible impact of Johnson’s cuts on the scale of the tragedy.
No comment could adequately convey Johnson’s arrogance, callousness or unfitness for office.
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