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All of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s worst controversies

On Friday, Jacob Rees-Mogg came out of hiding to attend an excruciating hustings, in which he said that Universal Credit was working and that “work is the best way to get people out of poverty”.

It’s not the first time the Brexiteer has put his foot in it. Here are Rees-Mogg’s most controversial moments.

Suggesting the victims of the Grenfell fire lacked common sense


Last month, Rees-Mogg disappeared from broadcast after he implied the victims of the Grenfell fire lacked “common sense” by not leaving the burning building.

A survivor of the fire asked him to meet her to apologise and it was alleged he would damage the Tory campaign.

Claiming that Boris Johnson never lies

In October, deferential Rees-Mogg used a House of Commons speech to claim that “the prime minister always tells the truth”.

This is despite the fact that Johnson was fired from his job at The Times for lying, a skill he has brought to his political career on numerous occasions.

Lying about lying is pretty meta, and shows Rees-Mogg lack of integrity when pursuing his career.

Making “anti-Semitic” remarks

Rees-Mogg attracted criticism this Autumn when he attacked Jewish philanthropist George Soros.

Speaking in the House of Commons, he said: “One of the major funders allegedly of the Remain campaign, the Remoaner funder-in-chief, is one George Soros, who made a billion pounds when Sterling crashed out of the exchange rate mechanism.”

House of Lords veteran and Holocaust survivor Alf Dubs called for Rees-Mogg to be sacked and said his comments were “straight from the far right’s anti-Semitic playbook”.

Speaking at a far-right conference

In August 2013, Jacob Rees-Mogg spoke at a dinner event thrown by the far-right group, Traditional Britain Group. The group is against “enforced multiculturalism” and “political correctness” and supports heterosexual families as “the primary social unit”.

Other notable guests at their events have included disgraced Islamophobe and founder of the Brexit Party, Catherine Blaiklock, who announced that she and Katie Hopkins were in talks about setting up a new political party at Traditional Britain’s annual conference this year.

Opposing abortion and homosexual marriage

Jacob Rees-Mogg has some pretty controversial views on equality rights.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain in 2017, he said abortion was “morally indefensible” and criticised gay marriage.

He said:

“Life is sacrosanct and begins at the point of conception”.

On homosexual marriage he added:

“I support the teaching of the Catholic church”.

Mocking the poor

A video has surfaced of a speech Rees-Mogg made at the Centre for Policy Studies.

Perpetuating the myth of benefit “scroungers” choosing not to work, he said:

“Just think of the numbers of people growing up with no understanding of the importance of working but a clear understanding of benefits.”

Using those in the worst circumstances for a cheap joke is no behaviour for an MP.

Saying state school pupils are “potted plants”

In 2006, Rees-Mogg compared state-educated students to “potted plants” and claimed that these people (93% of Brits) would be incapable of writing an “articulate” letter.

His comments came in response to criticisms about the lack of diversity of politicians, with many educated in elite private schools and then Oxbridge.

He said: “We don’t want to make it harder for intellectually able people to be Tory party candidates. The Tory party, when it’s elected, has to be able to form a government and it’s not going to be able to form a government if it has potted plants as candidates simply to make up quotas.”

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s popularity is waning. He risks losing his seat due to the efforts of the Remain alliance and earlier this week someone scrawled “Get Mogg out” in giant letters on a slag heap in his constituency.

Based on his history of awful comments, we’re not surprised.

7 responses to “All of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s worst controversies

  1. Jacob Rees Mogg comes from a mine owning family who in the 19th century sent 12year old boys to work in coal mines. Who employed lawyers to prove any miner killed or injured was never compensated. Who still refers to his constituents as cave dwellers.

  2. He is absolutely right to say that people who make no attempt to leave a burning building have no common sense. Why did he apologise?

  3. Some good news for Moggy however, he’s had £7.6 million from his government to tart up his wife’s 300 room ancestral home. All in it together eh!

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