It’s not Jacob Rees-Mogg who is disrespecting democracy

Arrogant MPs are riding roughshod over the will of the people.

spiked

Share
Topics Brexit Politics UK

Jacob Rees-Mogg was chided by MPs and seemingly the whole of Twitter last night for lounging in the House of Commons during a critical Brexit debate.

Green MP Caroline Lucas called Mogg’s posture ‘contemptuous’ and ‘the physical embodiment of arrogance’.

Mogg’s horizontal posture ‘demeans the Commons’, said Labour’s Lord Falconer. For Labour MP Toby Perkins, it showed that Mogg felt he was ‘born to rule and far too important to listen to anyone else’s view’. Labour MP Karl Turner tweeted: ‘I’ve never felt a sense of entitlement. This is what that looks like!?’

But the opposition MPs doth protest too much. After all, following the debate, they voted to wrest control of parliament from the government in an attempt to outlaw a No Deal Brexit – which, in effect, means outlawing Brexit full stop.

These MPs might not be as posh as Mogg and might not have gone to Eton, but they are the arrogant and entitled ones here. They think nothing of riding roughshod over the largest democratic mandate in UK history.

The new elite, embodied by the schoolmarmish Caroline Lucas and centrist Labourites, are united in their contempt for Brexit and, by extension, democracy itself. And that is far more shocking than a horizontal Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Picture by: YouTube.

Rod Liddle and Brendan O'Neill
– live in London

Podcast Live

Podcast Live, Friends House, London, NW1 2BJ – 5 October 2019, 2.30pm-3.30pm

To get tickets, click the button below, then scroll down to The Brendan O'Neill Show logo on the Podcast Live page.

Help spiked fight the New Normal

It’s six months since the UK lockdown began and how many people you have round your house is still a police matter. New restrictions continue to be introduced without proper parliamentary scrutiny. Meanwhile, protests are banned and Covid Marshals are being hired to patrol a high street near you. spiked exists to fight for freedom and we will continue to challenge the illiberal New Normal. But to do so we need your help. Unlike so many things these days, spiked is completely free. We rely on the generosity of our readers to keep us going. So if you already donate to us, thank you! And if you don’t, please do consider making a donation today. One-off donations – or better yet, monthly donations – are hugely appreciated. You can find out more here. Thank you!

Donate now

To enquire about republishing spiked’s content, a right to reply or to request a correction, please contact the managing editor, Viv Regan.