Jacob Rees-Mogg slammed after suggesting Grenfell residents lacked ‘common sense’

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JACOB Rees-Mogg was slammed for suggesting Grenfell residents who followed the instructions of firefighters to “stay put” lacked “common sense”.

The Tory MP said if he was in a building blaze, he would leave “whatever the fire brigade said”.

Jacob Rees-Mogg was slammed for his insensitive comments during an interview with LBC's Nick Ferrari
Jacob Rees-Mogg was slammed for his insensitive comments during an interview with LBC’s Nick Ferrari

Mr Rees-Mogg told LBC host Nick Ferrari: “The more one’s read over the weekend about the report and about the chances of people surviving, if you just ignore what you’re told and leave you are so much safer.

“And I think if either of us were in a fire, whatever the fire brigade said, we would leave the burning building.

“It just seems the common sense thing to do. And it is such a tragedy that that didn’t happen.”

More than 70 people were killed in June 2017 when the blaze ripped through Grenfell Tower in West London.

And a recent inquiry slammed how long residents were told to “stay put” inside rather than trying to escape.

Yvette Williams, chair of the campaign group Justice4Grenfell, said the politician’s comments were “appalling”.

She told The Mirror: “This is an appalling statement to make but unsurprisingly symptomatic of Rees Mogg’s ilk.

“Rees-Mogg has a privileged background, what is his experience of living in social housing? How many tower blocks has he lived in?

“To suggest that those who followed ‘his’ party’s instructions were not using ‘common sense’ is an absolute insult.”

Ahmet Chellat, who lost five family members in the horrific fire, also called on Rees-Mogg to apologise.

SYSTEMIC FAILURES

It comes after a two year inquiry slammed the London Fire Brigade’s handling of the tragedy.

It found that few people may have died if key decisions had been made earlier, saying “systemic failures” had been made by the LFB.

Sir Martin criticised the LFB for its “stay put” strategy when residents were told to stay in their flats by 999 operators and firefighters for nearly two hours.

The fire broke out just before 1am and the strategy was abandoned at 2.47am.

Sir Martin said: “That decision could and should have been made between 1.30am and 1.50am and would be likely to have resulted in fewer fatalities.

“The best part of an hour was lost before Assistant Commissioner Roe revoked the ‘stay put’ advice.”

Since the report’s release, London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton expressed her “deepest sorrow” at not being able to save everyone from the fire.


She said: “We have made, and will continue to review and make changes to our policies, our training and our equipment.

“We are lobbying for major building regulation change and urgent research into ‘buildings that fail’ on fire safety, which leaves the national ‘stay put’ strategy no longer viable. We will never give up until all of the changes we are calling for to protect residents have been made.

“We have and will continue to fully assist the Grenfell Tower Inquiry to understand what happened in order to learn and prevent such a tragedy ever happening again.”

AFP – Getty

The Grenfell Tower inferno is believed to have started on the fourth floor, before it quickly spread to the whole building[/caption]



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