THERESA May has been roasted by viewers for her “robotic” and “inhuman” answers to questions about the Grenfell Tower disaster.
The Prime Minister was grilled by the BBC’s Newsnight and appeared deeply uncomfortable about the line of questioning posed by Emily Maitlis.
Mrs May has faced a barrage of abuse for her Government’s handling of the tragedy and only increases the calls for her resignation which has mounted since the General Election.
She faced widespread condemnation for failing to meet victims of the tower block fire during her first visit to the site on Thursday, while Jeremy Corbyn was seen hugging and comforting those affected.
Mrs May then returned to the site on Friday, only for her vehicle to be surrounded and greeted with jeers of “coward” and “May must go”.
During the excruciating interview, Ms Maitlis told the former Home Secretary: “You misread the public mood on this one. You misread the anger that people feel about this.
“They shouted coward after you this afternoon when you left St Clement’s.”
In robotic fashion, May answered: “What I have done since this incident took place is, first of all yesterday, ensure that public services had the support that they needed in order to be able to do the job they were doing in the immediate aftermath.
Ms Maitlis interjected: “But that’s three days on, Prime Minister, this is Friday evening. They needed those things in place on Wednesday.
“No one was in charge.”
Mrs May retorted: “What I have done today is ensured that we are, as a Government, putting that funding in place for people in the area.”
Viewers of the Newsnight clash took to social media to express their anger at the Prime Minister’s reaction.
James MacRae tweeted: “Watching Emily Maitlis interview Theresa May. The PM really is incapable of answering a single question. Maitlis was superb. #Newsnight”
Federico Varese said: “Somebody has to tell Theresa May that she should answer the questions she is asked. At least try to. #Newsnight”
Seamus Bennett added: “Excellent @maitlis interview with floundering PM – informed, angry & controlled. Cd have mentioned need for inquest not inquiry #Newsnight.”
Nat Wilson tweeted: “People don’t like politicians with a script. Certainly not at times of national crisis or disaster. Showing emotions is needed. #Newsnight.”
One outraged viewer wrote: “How can someone be so inhuman and uncaring? Theresa May is a write off now more than ever.”