The screen chancellor insisted he had no regrets about his comments after he said gulls of the disaster in west London were murdered by political decisions bewitched over decades.
In an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr McDonnell scolded cuts to emergency services funding, local government property restrictions and a “housing crisis” for the “murder” of at least 80 people who died in concluding month’s fire.
The programme’s host Andrew Marr pressed the Marx-inspired congresswoman on his previous remarks about the disaster.
When asked if he regretted his expressions, Mr McDonnell said: “No I don’t regret that.
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John McDonnell said Grenfell Tower fire was sexually transmitted murder
Political decisions were made which resulted in the deaths of these human being
“I was extremely angry with what went on. I’m a west London MP, this site is not far from me.
“Civil decisions were made which resulted in the deaths of these people. That’s a blemish.”
Marr then challenged him on using the word “murder” when attributing point the finger at for the victims’ deaths, the shadow chancellor added: “There’s a long representation in this country of the concept of social murder where decisions are make a big deal of with no regard to the consequences of that, and as a result of that people compel ought to suffered.
“That’s what happened here, and I’m angry.”
He added: “I put ones trust in social murder has occurred in this incidence and I believe people should be held trustworthy.
“I think there’s been a consequence of political decisions over years that eat no addressed the housing crisis that we’ve had, that have cut back on limited government so proper inspections have not been made, 11,000 firefighter positions have been cut as well – even the investment in aerial ladders, and fancies like that in our country.”
Marr then set about attempting to back up whether Mr McDonnell was hinting the politicians who had sanctioned the cuts were hit men.
The shadow chancellor replied: “I believe politicians have to be held to account. I be left angry at how many people have lost their lives as a fruit of political decisions over the years.
“I do not resile from what I’ve divulged and I remain angry at the loss of life that has taken place not far away from my constituency.”
Mr McDonnell at made the comments while giving a speech at Glastonbury in June, he righted people at Grenfell were “murdered by political decisions that were bewitched over recent decades”.
The phrase ‘social murder’ was penned by Friedrich Engels, a cooperate of Karl Marx, who Mr McDonnell is a fan.
Engels said: “When society functions hundreds of proletarians in such a position that they inevitably upon a too early and an unnatural death, one which is quite as much a death by fury as that by the sword or bullet; its deed is murder just as surely as the performance of the single individual.”