Jacob Rees-Mogg to Nick Ferrari:
“The tragedy came about because of the cladding, leading to the fire racing up the building and then was compounded by the stay put policy and it seems to me that is the tragedy of it. The more one’s read over the weekend about the report and about the chances of people surviving, if you just ignore what you’re told and leave you are so much safer.
And I think if either of us were in a fire, whatever the fire brigade said, we would leave the burning building. It just seems the common sense thing to do. And it is such a tragedy that that didn’t happen."
So he is only saying a common-sensicle statement isn't he?
No, I don't think so. I think he is specifically saying that people put their common sense on a shelf, as it were, and blindly followed the recommendation of the Fire Brigade. And that is hurtful to the people who were in the midst of a terrible situation and thought they were doing the right thing.
It is unkind and unwarranted to blame people dazed by a terrifying situation for not being calm and collected as Rees-Mogg is able to be from the safety of his chair.
It's quite difficult to get through to the essence of what's wrong with his statement but I think it's something like this there is a subtext something implied in what he said which is that he is better fitted to rule he is more able he and his class, his group are more logical more successful and that's why they deserve to be in power.
There is another side to that subtext which is that he is heartless.
And if you're heartless then are you a fitting person to rule anyone at all￼?
And if not heartless then showing a lack of compassion.
And if not that then showing a poor sense of judgement in voicing that opinion.
He sounds as though it is the kind of thing he would say and may well have said while sat back in his chair at his club.