Michael Gove was left squirming this morning after Piers Morgan tore into the government’s woeful response to the Grenfell Tower killer blaze.
The Good Morning Britain presenter said desperate people left homeless by the disaster have been told they have to move hundreds of miles away if they want to keep a roof over their head.
And he slammed the authorities for giving some victims just £10 a day to survive on in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, before finally forking out just £500 in cash and another £5,000 in their bank accounts.
Addressing Mr Gove directly, he asked: ‘Where is the help Michael? Where is the government? Where is the help?
‘Why has it been left once again to the communities to try to help themselves?’
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Michael Gove was left struggling to answer after Piers Morgan tore into the government’s slow response to the Grenfell Tower disaster on Good Morning Britain this morning
Piers Morgan demanded to know why victims ad in some cases been given just £10 a day to survive on and told they would have to move miles away to cities like Birmingham and Manchester if they wanted to keep a roof over their head
Mr Gove, who was brought back to the Cabinet as Environment Secretary a week ago, insisted he shared Morgan’s anger.
He said: ‘Piers, I’m as angry as you are about what happened, I’m as distraught as you are about what has happened.
‘I know people who have been working in that community in education and in local government who are abstractedly devastated.’
But in a devastating attack, Morgan lashed out at the lack of support to those who lost their homes and family in the fire – one of Britain’s worst peacetime disasters.
He said: ‘For five days there has been a sense of absolutely no command central control whatsoever. That is on your government‘s head – your Prime Minister, your Cabinet, your government.
‘And I don’t think anything like enough has been done for these desperate people.
‘And I think simply tossing out after five days, here is you 500 quid, not good enough.
‘There are people down in there who are absolutely grief stricken – lost family members, lost friends lost everything and they are getting fobbed off.
‘Why isn’t the government just absolutely besieging that area with people to help them?’
Theresa May and her government have been widely condemned for their pitiful response to the disaster
Piers Morgan said the government’s response to the disaster was too little too late and that once again it had been left to the community itself to help and support the victims
Some victims were left to sleep in make-shift beds set up in a nearby community center while others said they were told they would have to move miles away to other cities like Birmingham.
Some 79 people died in the blaze, which quickly swept through the North Kensington tower block after the cladding became alight, and the death toll could rise.
Mrs May was widely criticised for her slow response after she initially failed to meet locals when she visited the sit.
The government eventually announced a £5million fund to help the victims, with £5,500 going directly to each one.
But Morgan said the money will be seen as too little too late, while his co-presenter Susanna Reid stressed that the community needs a answers and a public inquiry into the tragedy should not be allowed to drag.
Mr Gove said ‘I think we absolutely need the truth and people need to move quickly on this.
‘I’d say two things. First I think it’s a really good thing that overnight the government said that every single family affected will get £500 in cash and £5,000 in their bank account to help them..’
But Morgan issued him a tongue lashing and said the response fell far short of what should have been offered.
Visibly angry, he said: ‘If you has lost your home and it had been burnt to the ground with everything you possess and I said to you “here have 500 quid and by the way – as in some cases we believe – we are going to move you and your family to Birmingham or to Manchester or further north take it or leave it that’s it”, you’d be outraged wouldn’t you?
‘You wouldn’t think “Oh that’s generous”. You’d think, “I’m sorry I’ve got to go where? I’ve got to leave my community, leave my home when my home has been obliterated by policies by politicians”.’
Mr Gove said he used to live ‘seconds away’ from the block and was also distraught at the tragedy.
He said: ‘I used to live just seconds away from where the Grenfell Tower incident occurred, I went there last night just to chat to some friends and others who live adjacent, and indeed some of the families in the immediate area.
‘I also know a local headteacher who is having to teach children today in the knowledge there are people he has loved and cared for who are still missing.
‘So of course I feel absolutely distraught at whats happened, and I also think you are right that people need not just this money but they also need a reassurance that their lives are going to be….’