The Brexit talks will soon resume and Mrs May aims to get her Government going ( despite Gerry Adams claiming it would not be possible) next week. But the Prime Minister is not able to escape growing public pressure to show leadership following the fire at Grenfell Tower earlier this week. “Fundamentally, the Grenfell Tower disaster raises a simple question: whose side are you on?,” Fraser Nelson writes, “the Conservatives had better have an answer”.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Kensington Town Hall this afternoon, asking chiefly for victims to be rehomed within the borough in the wake of the blaze. Sadiq Khan has been going after Mrs May, posting on Twitter an open letter demanding “”answers, action and justice” from her for those affected by the fire. Ministers have sought to push back, with Boris Johnson accusing Labour of “ political game-playing” and “outrageous politicking” over accusations that his cuts to the fire service as London Mayor had contributed to the tragedy.
Andrew Lilico has been struck by Mr Corbyn’s suggestion that homes “must be found – requisitioned if necessary” for victims of the disaster. “It’s hard to grasp how even temporary requisitioning to house the residents of the Grenfell Tower for a few days would be proportionate,” he writes. “Corbyn (and now many in the Labour Party) have a collectivising, anti-private property and private labour instinct. Taxes and freely-offered charity aren’t legitimate or sufficient…If that’s what you want, vote for it or march for it. But don’t pretend that Jeremy Corbyn and his allies represent anything else.
The Conservative leader let residents down by failing to meet with them yesterday on her visit to the site, prompting former cabinet minister Michael Portillo to accuse her of failing to show ” humanity“. She tried to make up for this today by meeting victims in hospital, while Andrea Leadsom visited the site. However, it did not go smoothly for the new leader of the Commons, as she was confronted by angry residents on why laws had not been updated in the wake of previous fires. “The Government seems to have been slow to grasp the implications of what is turning into one of the worst peacetime disasters this country has faced,” Jane Merrick writes. “That displays more than just a lack of empathy but a failure of statesmanship.” Unless Mrs May takes command of the situation, questions about the tragedy are not going to go away.
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