Confession time – when I see a genuine conservative who’s also a Eurosceptic, then he starts to look good. And when one reads:
At the 1997 general election, Rees-Mogg was the Conservative candidate for the traditional Labour seat of Central Fife and attracted ridicule, after canvassing a largely working-class neighbourhood with his former nanny; on election night he came third, gaining 9% of the votes cast, slightly fewer than half of the votes won by the previous Conservative candidate in 1992. However, rumours that he had toured the constituency in a Bentley were described as “scurrilous” − he insisted it had been a Mercedes.
… that’s even better.
In 1999, when it was being rumoured that his “anachronistically posh” Received Pronunciation accent was working against his chances of being selected for a safe Conservative seat, Rees-Mogg was defended by letter writers to The Daily Telegraph, one of whom claimed that “an overt form of intimidation exists, directed against anyone who dares to eschew the current, Americanised, mode of behaviour, speech and dress”.
Rees-Mogg himself stated (in The Sunday Times, 23 May 1999) that “it is rather pathetic to fuss about accents too much”, though he then went on to say that “John Prescott‘s accent certainly stereotypes him as an oaf”. He later said “I gradually realised that whatever I happened to be speaking about, the number of voters in my favour dropped as soon as I opened my mouth.”
Not with me it doesn’t.
The ConservativeHome blog rates Rees-Mogg as one of the Conservatives’ most rebellious MPs. He has voted against the government whip on the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill, the October 2011 European Union Referendum Motion and the House of Lords Reform Bill 2012.
I like the man. And he’s just at the right age – 48 – to launch a bid, [should his colleagues press him to of course].
He’s not anti-UKIP on issues. Yes, I’m with readers here that it’s all smoke and mirrors but in the short term, when Tessa stands down, there must be someone and he’s the least bad variant. He’ll get along with the DUP. He’ll get along better with Trump than Tessa or most others.
A more serious reason for liking him is that his name is Mogg, my football team are the Cats or Moggies.
I’ll get my cap [too warm for a coat].