The ruin of Grenfell Tower: Nearly 2,000 empty properties are standing idle nearby, while more than 100 surviving families remain homeless.

Less than a week after Parliament went into recess, the quiet summer Theresa May wanted has already shattered.

She went into the June general election on a platform of “strong and stable” government and lost her Parliamentary majority. So she shuffled on for a few more weeks, claiming that she was governing for “certainty” and in the “national interest”.

How is it in the “national interest” that more than 600,000 pupils in England are being taught by unqualified teachers?

The Tories scrapped the requirement that teachers have to be qualified in 2012, and now 24,000 unqualified adults are teaching in UK schools – it was a Michael Gove policy, which bodes ill for his plan to deal with farmers post-Brexit. Perhaps they realised that no qualified teacher in their right mind would want to work in the sweatshop environment they have created.

Will they offer the same solution for the shortage of applicants for jobs in the National Health Service? At the time of writing, 86,000 positions are vacant.

Will the Tories say it is in the “national interest” for unqualified doctors to perform operations on patients?

(Before anyone writes in – of course they should not. But doesn’t that cast a harsh spotlight on the situation in our schools?)

And finally, on the subject of “certainty”, let’s look at the facts of life for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. The Tory government promised to rehouse them all within three weeks of the disaster – and failed.

Now we find that there are nearly 2,000 properties standing empty near the ruin of Grenfell Tower – while more than 100 families remain homeless.

The highest concentration of empty properties is within one of the borough’s wealthiest wards – Brompton and Hans Town, where it seems super-rich foreign owners have been buying up properties as an investment.

Are the Tories sitting on their thumbs because they don’t want to upset the rich Conservative-voting residents of Kensington and Chelsea by giving them poor neighbours?

Government spokespeople have been quick to say what they are doing to deal with this issues – but that misses the point.

The real question is: How did the Tories allow these terrible situations to happen in the first place?

And: Are these situations not proof that Conservative government is weak government; poor government; selfish and inept government?

We’ve had cuts to education, cuts to – and privatisation of – the NHS, cuts in social housing, and cuts in safety regulations governing the accommodation that is still available. Much of these have happened under the Conservatives and nothing has been done to solve the problems they have caused.

And while all this has been revealed, Theresa May is on a walking holiday in Italy or thereabouts, making an exhibition of herself again, due to her lack of dress sense;

She should be dragged back to the UK and given a simple choice: Invest in fixing these problems…

Or resign now.


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