May-Day was criticised as “inhuman and uncaring” after she repeatedly dodged questions about the Grenfell Tower fire.
In an interview on the BBC, Tess May called the incident which killed at least 58 people “absolutely horrifying”.
But asked whether she had failed to judge the public mood by host Emily Maitlis, May-Day appeared to mishear the question.
Emily suggested the public needed an acknowledgement of responsibility from the Government.
But May-Day simply stuck to her script: “This is an absolutely awful fire that took place. People have lost their lives, people have had their homes destroyed, they have fled for their lives with absolutely nothing.”
May-Day was then asked if she had misread the level of public anger towards her. Again, her hearing appeared to have failed her.
“What I have done since this incident took place is, first of all, ensure that the public services had the support they need in order to be able to do the job they were doing in the immediate aftermath,” May-Day replied to a question she had not been asked.
Pressing further, Emily Maitlis asked where she failed to understand public anger, given that she hadn’t initially met with residents.
Again, the so-called Prime Minister evaded the question.
“This was a terrible tragedy that took place,” she said. “People have lost their lives and others have lost everything, all their possessions, their home and everything. What we are doing is putting in place the support that will help them.”
She added: “I have heard horrifying stories from the fire brigade, from police and from victims themselves who were in that tower but also from other local residents, some of whom of course have not been able to go back to their homes either.
“What I’m now absolutely focused on is ensuring that we get that support on the ground. Government is making money available; we are ensuring we are going to get to the bottom of what happened we will ensure that people are re-housed, but we need to make sure that that actually happens.”
Understandably starting to get a tad pissed off like everyone else, Emily suggested that the tragedy could have been prevented, highlighting a 2013 coroner’s report that recommended putting sprinklers in all the buildings in the surrounding area. She also pointed out that a cheaper, flammable cladding had been used.
May-Day remained fixed to the script: “We have yet to find out what the cause of the fire was. The fire service is doing that. The fire services are looking at what the cause of the fire was. It is important that we get to the bottom of this and find out exactly what happened.
“The Government has taken action on the recommendation of the coroner report. But what we need to do in relation to this incident – to this horrifying fire – is to make sure that we get to the bottom of why this fire took place, what happened, why did it spread so unexpectedly and so ferociously and so quickly.”
Viewers accused the prime minister of “blatantly ignoring” Emily Maitlis’ questions, with one Twitter user writing: “Theresa May is precisely the kind of leader we know we don’t need at a time like this.”
Another wrote: “Infuriated by Theresa May on Newsnight. The woman only talks in soundbites,” and a third accused her of being “inhuman”.
“How can someone be so inhuman and uncaring? Theresa May is a write-off now more than ever,” said the user.
May-Day has pledged to set up a £5 million fund for emergency supplies, and said that residents will be re-homed in the borough, or neighbouring boroughs within three weeks. The Queen is looking forward to £370 million for her refurbishment!