US News Theresa May Struggles To Answer Grenfell Tower Fire Questions In 'Robotic' Newsnight Interview

05:10  17 june  2017
05:10  17 june  2017 Source:   Huffington Post UK

Grenfell Tower Fire Deaths: 58 People Missing And Presumed Dead

  Grenfell Tower Fire Deaths: 58 People Missing And Presumed Dead 58 people are missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower disaster, Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police said. “The fire has been truly horrific, and for me this is just a human tragedy,” Commander Cundy told reporters in west London on Saturday. © PA “Yesterday afternoon, following expert advice... we had to pause that search and recovery. I am pleased to say that as of this afternoon, we are now back in Grenfell Tower.“We’ve worked tirelessly to deal with the huge number of calls to our casualty bureau. Over 6,000 calls have been received into centres up and down the United Kingdom.

Related 11 Questions The Grenfell Tower Fire Public Inquiry Must Answer . Theresa May really needed to break from her robotic interview style there - didn't happen. # newsnight .

Prime Minister Theresa May has faced criticism from a senior MP for failing to meet survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy when she visited the scene of the blaze. — Harriet Harman (@HarrietHarman) June 15, 2017. In a TV interview following her visit, Mrs May was told that some

  Theresa May Struggles To Answer Grenfell Tower Fire Questions In 'Robotic' Newsnight Interview © BBC

After fleeing Kensington pursued by people shouting “coward”, Theresa May has declined to say whether she misread the enormous public anger aimed at her in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The prime minister was bundled into a car and sped away from her visit to a church where victims of the blaze were being looked after, as protesters shouted “shame on you”.

Anger spilled over about the fire, which killed at least 30 people and left many more homeless or missing.

People stormed Kensington Town Hall demanding answers and marched on Downing Street calling for May to go, as protest gripped London on Friday evening.

Grenfell Tower Fire Deaths: 58 People Missing And Presumed Dead

  Grenfell Tower Fire Deaths: 58 People Missing And Presumed Dead 58 people are missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower disaster, Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police said. “The fire has been truly horrific, and for me this is just a human tragedy,” Commander Cundy told reporters in west London on Saturday. © PA “Yesterday afternoon, following expert advice... we had to pause that search and recovery. I am pleased to say that as of this afternoon, we are now back in Grenfell Tower.“We’ve worked tirelessly to deal with the huge number of calls to our casualty bureau. Over 6,000 calls have been received into centres up and down the United Kingdom.

Theresa May was surrounded by police as she left St Clement’s Church – close to Grenfell Tower today. @WrittenWard agreed, writing: “Watched the # Newsnight interview with @ theresa _ may . Couldn't answer ONE question properly.

Theresa May visited Grenfell Tower today. I saw the original BBC live feed video (13:45) where she is interviewed (sounds like the voice of John Peinaar) where she asked directly, you see the fire commissioners, but the residents are asking why you refused to visit them, what have you got to say

The anger has focussed on May, already severely weakened by last week’s election result, who infuriated people by visiting emergency services at the scene on Thursday but not residents, citing “security concerns”.

Watch: Theresa May labelled 'coward' after meeting Grenfell victims (ITN News)

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She visited a hospital and church on Friday to answer the criticism but her departure from the church saw her briskly dart out to avoid the baying locals.

Baby ‘dropped from ninth or 10th floor’ caught by member of public as fire raged

  Baby ‘dropped from ninth or 10th floor’ caught by member of public as fire raged Another resident said she saw a woman throw her son, who was about five years old, from a fifth or sixth floor.Samira Lamrani said she saw a woman try to save a baby by dropping it from a window “on the ninth or 10th floor” to waiting members of the public below.

Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. Her decision comes as residents demand answers as to why fire swept through the 24-storey block in north Kensington so quickly - and why their warnings were apparently ignored.

Theresa May has been branded "inhuman" and "lacking in empathy" following a disastrous Newsnight interview . The Prime Minister was interrogated by the BBC's Emily Maitlis over misjudging the public mood following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

After fleeing Kensington, she struggled in a BBC Newsnight interview that was meant to focus on the £5 million aid package for the fire’s victims.

After May described what victims had told her, Emily Maitlis said people needed to hear her say: “Something has gone badly wrong. It is our fault. We acknowledge that and accept responsibility.”

“Something awful has happened,” May began. “This is an absolutely awful fire that has taken place.” 

Maitlis interrupted to ask whether she would admit she misread the public mood by not going to visit the victims until now.

May answered that she had worked to “ensure the emergency services have the support they need”.

Maitlis told the prime minister: “But that’s three days on prime minister. This is Friday evening. They needed those things in place on Wednesday.”

The presenter described the support efforts for people made homeless by the fire as “chaos”, adding: “No one was in charge.”

May’s answer focussed on the £5 million: “What I have done today is ensured that, we, as a Government, are putting that funding in place for people in the area.”

Ignoring Maitlis’ questions about how victims would get the money, May said: “This has been absolutely terrifying experience for people.”

Later, Maitlis asked again if he had misread the mood.

May’s answer was to acknowledge the “terrible tragedy” and “horrifying stories” she had heard but not to give a direct response to the question.

Her position as prime minister already precarious, May failed to win over any new fans on social media or convince anyone charges she is unempathising and brittle are unfair.

The more charitable reaction on Twitter was that May was affected by the tragedy but struggled to show it in a way expected of prime ministers.

But others felt she was ‘arrogant and aloof’, ‘robotic’ and had shown ‘blind panic in her eyes’.

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