Theresa May’s insulting payment offer shows her contempt for Manchester bomb victims

An explosion hit Manchester Arena at the end of a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande in May 2017, killing 23 people – including children – and injuring a further 500 others. Among the dead was the single male attacker who detonated the home-made bomb.

Theresa May has delivered a slap in the face to the people of Manchester, showing once again that she is running a country that works only for the rich – and not for everyone as her lying propaganda claims.

After the Manchester Arena Bombing last May, she promised the city, “Whatever you need, it’s there.” Now she has gone back on that promise. It was a lie.

The total cost of the bombing to the public, for police, health and council services, came to £17 million but, in a letter to Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, Mrs May has offered to pay only £12 million.

She has told Mr Burnham that this is “reasonable”. The people of Manchester are likely to take a different view.

Mrs May’s decision shows her contempt for the city – especially when we consider the huge amounts of cash she has pulled from her Magic Money Tree for other purposes, while still claiming there is no money available for the rest of us:

The real reason Mrs May won’t stump up the cash seems obvious, although she’ll never admit it.

The people of Manchester aren’t rich Tory donors, and aren’t likely to prop up her government in return for a bung, like the DUP (for example). In other words:

There’s simply no profit in it for her.

Mayor Andy Burnham has slammed an offer from the Prime Minister to pay just £12m towards the £17m total bill arising from the Manchester Arena bombing.

The city believed the Government had promised to foot the entire £17m cost for policing, health and council services in the aftermath of May’s atrocity which claimed 22 lives and injured 512 others.

But now it has says it will pay only ‘reasonable costs’ of £12m.

Mr Burnham has slated the offer as ‘not good enough and we expect these costs to be paid in full’.

Last week Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament ‘the majority’ of the cash originally promised would be paid but in a letter to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham she has only vowed to pay ‘all reasonable costs’.

Mr Burnham declined to reveal the full contents of the letter but said it was ‘inconclusive’ and failed to give Manchester the backing it deserved.

He said he was told at the time ‘whatever you need, it’s there’, and added: “I think we can expect those words to be honoured.”

Source: Government will not pay Manchester the full £17m needed to cover Arena bomb costs – Manchester Evening News

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  1. Brian November 25, 2017 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Among the tory lies, platitudes and deception comes yet another broken pledge. Is this not a sign to terrorists that they can achieve their aims, make suffering last and propagate their killing with effect. The people of Manchester have had enough, perhaps now they will lay down in submission, accept the tory stance, and reduce their meager existence further, and perhaps, this is what the tories expect, even hope. What a shameful bunch of spineless cretins we have elected to represent our country.

  2. nick November 25, 2017 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Andy must have known there would have been a shortfall
    he can’t be that gullible surely?

  3. NMac November 26, 2017 at 10:16 am - Reply

    The “magic money tree” is, of course, only there for the private use of dishonest and corrupt Tory politicians.

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