Jacob Rees-Mogg faces calls to resign over Grenfell comments

The Conservative MP said it would have been "common sense" to leave the burning building and ignore the London fire brigade's advice

GRENFELL COMMENTS: Jacob Rees-Mogg (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

JACOB REES-MOGG is facing calls to resign as an MP over comments he made about the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

During an appearance on LBC, Rees-Mogg, the leader of the House of Commons, said that he would have left the burning building regardless of the London fire brigade’s advice to stay put and that it would have been “common sense” to do so.

“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,” he told LBC’s Nick Ferrari.

His comments have angered and disgusted Grenfell Tower fire survivors and supporters.

Stormzy, who has spoken out about the tragedy numerous times was among those calling for Rees-Mogg to resign today.

He said: “Oi Jacob Rees-Mogg you need to resign you’re an actual piece of sh**,” Stormzy tweeted.

He added that the MP was implying that those who perished in the blaze were not smart enough to escape. 

The grime artist also encouraged his followers to keep talking about the Grenfell tragedy, which he described as the “biggest government cover up of modern times”.

“Bare of you politicians are evil. And wicked and this is why we hate you 72 (??) people died in a tragedy that you people are to blame for,” he tweeted.

“This ain’t about politics it’s about the people who govern us lacking the most BASIC level of humanity or empathy it’s nuts to me. Then this same bruddah gonna be deciding the laws and decisions that affect us,” Stormzy added.

Journalist Owen Jones, who also believes that the Conservative MP should resign, described Rees-Mogg’s statements as “absolutely nauseating”. 

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said Rees-Mogg’s comments were “crass and insensitive”.

Campaign group Grenfell United said: “The Leader of the House of Commons suggesting that the 72 people who lost their lives at Grenfell lacked common sense is beyond disrespectful. It is extremely painful and insulting to bereaved families.”

Rees-Mogg has since apologised for his statements.

He said: “What I meant to say is that I would have also listened to the fire brigade’s advice to stay and wait at the time.

“However, with what we know now and with hindsight I wouldn’t and I don’t think anyone else would. I would hate to upset the people of Grenfell if I was unclear in my comments.”

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2 Comments

  1. | Rachel Downing

    Set up petition: Rees-Mogg should resign over Grenfell comment.
    It was inappropriate, callous, mean, hurtful and very poor judgment.

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  2. | Joseph J. Anastacio

    Jacob Rees-Mogg will not resign because he disrespected and baited the victims of Grenfell and the wider Black and Ethnic minority community. He knew exactly what he was saying but said it in a way that would obfuscate the meaning and interpretation of his statement. Unfortunately the likes of Mogg and his cohorts do not speak sincerely on behalf of diverse constituencies. Their education and upbringing make them feel that they are inherently superior than the people they are supposed to be representing.

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