Nigel Farage: Is A Public Inquiry Into Grenfell What We Really Need?

15 June 2017, 20:28 | Updated: 15 June 2017, 20:33

Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the shocking fire at the Grenfell Tower - but hasn’t history taught us anything, asks Nigel Farage.

After visiting the devastating scene on Thursday, the Prime Minister vowed to ensure “this terrible tragedy is properly investigated”.

But, is a public inquiry really what those affected by the recent tragic events need? Nigel Farage isn’t convinced - citing previous cases as prime examples.

Speaking on his LBC show from Washington, Nigel said: “Thinking back about the history of these public inquiries I think particularly fresh in my mind is that John Chilcot inquiry into Iraq.

Nigel Farage
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“Did Saddam have weapons of mass destruction, did the British government deliberately willfully mislead Parliament and the people - that inquiry not only cost £13m but it took a full eight years to report.

He continued: “There are lots and lots of other examples remember the serial killer Dr Harold Shipman? That inquiry cost £23m.

“The the inquiry into those Soham murders took £10m and I could go on and on and on. I could talk particularly about Northern Ireland, about Bloody Sunday.

“I just wonder is really a public inquiry what we need?

“I'm not going to get penny-pinching about the cost but how long will it take to set up a public inquiry, how long will it take to conclude don't perhaps people want something just a little bit more decisive than that?”