MAY’S SHAME: £40bn For Brussels But PM Drags Her Feet Over Money For Manchester Bomb Victims
Theresa May was yesterday facing serious questions about what exactly her government’s priorities are after it emerged that after offering Brussels £40bn surrender money immediately merely to start trade talks but she has dragged her feet over finding money to support the victims of the Manchester bombing.
In May, 22 people were killed by the devastating blast that went off during a concert by pop star Ariana Grande, while hundreds were injured or severely traumatised by the attack. In the Budget, £12 million was initially offered to cover the costs of the bombing but outraged Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham said this was “not good enough”.
Mr Burnham went on to add that public services would “have to be cut” to cover the shortfall. However, Mrs May was forced to back down following a maelstrom of public outrage – after making mealy-mouthed comments that the government would only reimburse “reasonable costs”, she was forced into a dramatic U-turn and to promise Manchester whatever it needed:
“Be in no doubt, Manchester will get the financial support it needs – and if that costs £28m, as Andy Burnham has estimated, then that is what we will make available.”
Prospective UKIP candidate for Ancoates &Clayton ward on Manchester City Council in May 2018, Kalvin P Chapman, told Kipper Central:
“The murder of 22 innocent people by a vile Islamist was obscene. Children out enjoying their lives with everything to look forward to in life either died or saw and were involved in events that no child should ever be involved with. The various services, principally the police, ambulance and fire service staff, put their lives on the line to get help to people fast. They were truly heroic.
For a long time afterwards, and more recently during the Christmas German markets, we had armed police making us feel safer. To be told by Theresa May’s Government that they were only going to pay what was “reasonable” – being £12m out of the requested £17m but anticipated the long-term cost of £23m – was abhorrent. I was horrified by that statement. What is reasonable made it sound as though the police and council had been over-egging the pudding, or made it sound as though absolute protection and investigation were not necessarily required?
I am delighted that today (27/11/2017) Theresa May has confirmed that she will be paying the full amount, including future costs, even if this is as high as £23m is very welcome. But you have to ask yourself, why did Manchester Central’s MP Lucy Powell have to bring it up at PMQs? Why did the Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, have to apply extreme pressure publicly to get them to back down? I appreciate that money is tight, but if her Government can pay £13 billion foreign aid, then £23m to protect the lives of citizens should not have even been questioned.
Hopefully, at the next election (2019?) we can get UKIP MPs who will apply even more pressure to this weak woman’s failing Government. But at least she is better than it would have been had Corbyn won in June.”