Ritchie is actually proposing the declaration of a state of emergency over the Grenfell Tower fire.
No, really, he is:
I was phoned by the PM programme on Radio 4 at 4.40pm this afternoon and asked what I thought about requisitioning property for the people of North Kensington to live in following the Grenfell Tower fire.
He points to this as justification:
Civil Contingencies Act 2004
He’s arguing for something tantamount to martial law. And even if not quite that he’s insisting on the suspension of civil liberty.
Grenfell Tower qualifies as an emergency
s22 (3) (b) does not require compensation be paid
There are some 200 fire incidents each and every day. From that we can confidently predict that the stock of people displaced from their dwelling at any one time is larger than the 120 households now out of Grenfell Tower.
His argument here is therefore one that leads to a viable insistence that civil liberty should be suspended in the UK forever.
D’ye think he had his black footy bags on when he vinegared out this one?