‘House of Cards’ episode from 25 years ago predicted political fallout from London tower fire
A fan of the original BBC’s House of Cards has found eery parallels between an episode of the show that ran in 1993 and the massive fire at Grenfell Tower in West London.
Vimeo user Al-Jazz edited fragments of episode featuring a storyline in which a gas explosion on the fourth floor of a tower block results in the whole building getting ablaze, killing 70 people.
In the episode of character Chloe Carmichael can be heard saying: “These are people that have been left to rot, the people who couldn’t afford to buy their council flats, people who couldn’t afford to buy the gas bill. [It was] a disaster waiting to happen.”
The UK government led by Theresa May is under fire for similar reasons of social injustice and perceived inaction on public housing.
Other parallels include May’s poor response to the disaster. She was criticised for failing to meet victims face to face — in contrast to the Queen and Prince William, who were pictured hugging and talking to displaced residents.
In the show, the prime minister is accused of “looking on unmoved” whereas the King is praised for his emotional response.
Just like in House of Cards, Grenfell Tower fire started on the fourth floor after a fridge exploded. A total of 79 people are presumed dead.