The Grenfell Tower fire is likely to have caused more deaths than the 7/7 terrorist attack. And it is a tragedy that may well come to symbolise the years of Tory cutbacks and austerity measures. But it wasn’t just a lack of empathy that deterred Theresa May from meeting locals on the streets. It was guilt. And on 16 June, when the Prime Minister finally found the courage to visit an aid centre near the burnt out tower, the sheer anger of the residents could no longer be contained. Like a third world dictator, who instinctively knows their time is up, May was unceremoniously bundled by police into a car, to flee the scene. It is an image that no one will forget.
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