May’s M’aidez after Grenfell Tower

Prime Minister Theresa May was pilloried for not speaking to Grenfell Tower residents when she visited the site of the tragic housing fire yesterday.

Why Mrs May avoided consoling victims rendered homeless and missing loved ones remains unknown.

Her apparent lack of compassion comes exactly one week after losing her previously small majority at general election. That result brought derision from political opponents both at home and across the European Union.

Labour’s Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn gained wide coverage in mainstream media through his visit. Images of Corbyn hugging victims boosted his popularity among Labour supporters.

Yesterday’s Mirror newspaper carried an article headlined “‘Theresa May was s**t’: Distraught Grenfell Tower resident tells Jeremy Corbyn the PM ‘didn’t speak to any of us'”.

But Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan met hostility of his own from a crowd there who demanded that “someone must be held accountable”. He is leader of the council, after all.

Prime Minister May did however speak to emergency teams at the site yesterday before returning to 10 Downing Street to announce a full inquiry.

Mrs May said: “When I went to the scene and spoke to the emergency services, they told me that the way this fire had spread and took hold of the building was rapid, it was ferocious, it was unexpected.

“So it is right that, in addition to the immediate fire report that will be produced and any potential police investigation, that we do have a full public inquiry to get to the bottom of this. People deserve answers. The inquiry will give them.”

Mrs May has a lot on her plate. For example, negotiations with the Democratic Unionist Party and getting Brexit off the ground. She clearly needs help that she may not might not be getting right now.

Then there are rumours of another snap election – with Conservative Campaign Headquarters putting a call out for names of parliamentary prospectives. That will demand another hastily cobbled manifesto.

Mrs May clearly needs help as any existing guidance and support she has seems at best inconsistent.

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At time of writing, the death toll from the disaster has reached 17, while 30 people remain in hospital, 15 of whom are critically ill. It is feared the final death count could reach 100.

Scotland Yard has announced it is opening criminal investigations.

There is also talk of protest rallies being organised “in solidarity” by the far-left network Momentum and others.