Pro­tect all of us... not just MPs’

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

There has never been a fa­tal­ity in a UK build­ing fit­ted with sprin­klers.

So it is only right that Par­lia­ment should in­clude them in their fire safety re­fur­bish­ment plans. But if sprin­klers are right for MPs then they must be right for the res­i­dents of tower blocks in the wake of the Gren­fell tragedy.

This is where politi­cians look both ways and show two faces. They are happy to spend £1.3mil­lion of taxpay­ers’ money to keep them­selves safe.

But when it comes to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties who want to do the same for those in their tower blocks they are re­fused the cash.

Two-faced politi­cians are masters of dou­ble stan­dards and they dis­gust us as they will re­volt all fair-minded peo­ple.

Yes, we are point­ing the fin­ger at you, hous­ing min­is­ter Alok Sharma, who turned down Not­ting­ham’s plea for sprin­klers in 13 tow­ers.

And you, Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid, who failed four times to say he would retro­fit sprin­klers in blocks at risk.

No life is worth more than an­other. What will save the hide of an MP must be made avail­able to ev­ery­one in dan­ger.

We know it will cost. But bet­ter to cost money than lives. Be­cause if an­other Gren­fell hap­pened our dis­gust would turn to rage and fury.

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