Dr Alf is right but frankly Mrs May is her own worst enemy, constantly reacting to events long after they have already happened and walking about in a manner which shows through her body language and facial expression that she cares very little about what has happened to the poor people affected by the tragedy.
There are 4000 buildings of a similar type to Grenfell Towers, many of which can be seen from the M6 in Birmingham and many in Labour controlled areas.
The failure to fit sprinklers, proper fire resistant cladding, alarms and external fire escapes is a national problem that crosses the political divide and is a fault of insurers who should have refused to insure each of these buildings until they were made safe by Government Housing Ministers, like Brandon Lewis and Mrs May’s new Chief of Staff. These men and their predecessors did nothing to tighten up on fire safety, encouraged fire station closures when populations were rising and did nothing about ‘Fire Futures’ the document that heralded the present regime.
Indeed we heard in the Independent from the CEO of the Fire Protection Association that Ministers felt that nothing needed to be done because no “residents had died as a result of fire”. We know that the inflammable cladding used on Grenfell House is banned in Germany and America and we know that Government Ministers were aware of that fact and of the Coroner’s report after the Larkenall House fire 4 years ago. We know about the late night power surges at Grenfell House and the standards of poor workmanship by the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s outsourcing company and the fact that residents who complained were threatened with legal action.
Mrs May in her reaction to the two terrorist incidents and Westminster Bridge again talked a good fight but did nothing. This time round she has announced a £5 million GBP fund which is derisory but once again did nothing to trim the waste of foreign aid (£16 billion GBP a year with no proper accounting, as Dr Alf would understand it, to determine where the money has been going).
Boris should step in and put her out of her misery, as she is out of depth and out of road. He however has to act and not grandstand as he has a case to answer too.