People are furious that UK Prime Minister Theresa May visited the site of the Grenfell Tower – where at least 17 people lost their lives in the blaze – but reportedly didn’t meet with any of the survivors, local residents or volunteer workers.

She visited the site of the blaze on Thursday, congratulating emergency services on their incredible efforts.

But she reportedly refused to meet with any of the survivors and blocked media access, and people are absolutely furious.

The incident is being compared to George W. Bush‘s disastrous visit in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, or of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher‘s equally maligned visit to the site of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, in which 95 Liverpool supporters were crushed to death in the FA Cup semi-final.

One Grenfell Tower resident reportedly told Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who visited a short time afterwards, that May “was shit”, and that “she didn’t speak to any of us.”

Corbyn was pictured hugging a woman clutching posters seeking a 12-year-old girl missing since the fire. She was believed to have been on the 20th floor when the blaze occurred.

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“Some very hard questions have got to be asked and some very hard questions must be answered,”
he told community representative Ishmael Blagrove during his visit.

“The fire is not supposed to spread from one flat to another, it’s supposed to be contained. It wasn’t – it spread and it spread upwards and it spread outside as well through the cladding.

“Questions on the sprinkler system, questions on the fire breaks, questions on why the cladding apparently burnt, questions on building control regulations, questions on the safety.

“Hundreds of thousands of people in our country live in tower blocks, very high-rise tower blocks. Every single person who lives in a high-rise apartment today is going to be thinking, ‘How safe am I?”‘

There are fears that the death toll could rise to 100, with many people still unaccounted for. 37 people are currently in hospital, with 17 in a critical condition.

May has ordered a public enquiry into the disaster, adding that a full explanation is owed to “the families, the people who have lost loved ones, friends and the homes in which they live.”

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