The case for Jacob Rees-Mogg

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;[8] on election night he came third, gaining 9% of the votes cast,[11] 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.[12]

… 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”.[13]

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”.[14] 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.”[7]

Not with me it doesn’t.

The ConservativeHome blog rates Rees-Mogg as one of the Conservatives’ most rebellious MPs.[24] 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.[25]

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].

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6 comments for “The case for Jacob Rees-Mogg

  1. Fred
    June 23, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Old Etonian, is he?

    • June 23, 2017 at 7:07 am

      The point is well made. However, we have some realities.

      If we wish to see Brexit really happen and not remain as smoke and mirrors, then JRM might not be the man but no one else in the Tories is.

      He can bring in UKIP and the DUP on it and Remoaners/Left can’t stand him. The Beeb can’t stand him.

      As the Tories are in for 5 years now, no matter what, short of a crash [quite on the cards], then a short term genuine kick-off to Brexit is needed. Ann-Marie can do no more than shout from the sidelines as things stand

    • Chens
      June 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      You’d prefer someone uneducated ?

      Ask yourself a question: if you were on trial, would you prefer JRM to act for the Prosecution or the Defence ?

  2. Mona
    June 23, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Love the word OAF its so sweet, a non racist epithet, is there an oafess? is Corbyn’s right hand gal an oaf or oafess? , and Teresa she has created a Brexit swamp out of vanity, can’t be oaf-ish can it ?.

  3. Mudplugger
    June 23, 2017 at 10:02 am

    JRM wears his conservatism with aplomb, he’s very well-read, intelligent and a very smart debater, never allowing emotion to cloud his judgement or his oratory. To anyone who values genuine politicians (of all flavours), JRM is one of the good guys and always a delight to hear him perform. But . . . .

    Nowadays, it’s not so much about your policies or even your integrity, it’s your public perception that counts and, on that level, JRM is simply unelectable – Joe Voter cannot see beyond the classically-tailored suiting or the upper-crust accent, so a Tory Party with Rees-Mogg as leader would be condemned to eternal Opposition, regardless of his many talents.

    Very sad, but that’s the consequence of the trend towards ‘X-Factor’ politics – another millstone of blame to hang around Blair’s neck (if there’s room with the noose).

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