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

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


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.

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quizqueen W

6th September 2019 at 10:14 pm

Dr ‘Death’ says people will die because of Brexit; perhaps he would like to tell us how many UK citizens have died because of longer hospital waiting lists over the last 40+ years we have been in the EU (and its forerunner) because there are too many people in this country largely caused by immigration.

I am a great fan of Jacob and, although I do not like to see him lounging in this way in the H of C, what shocks me more is that there were so many empty seats that he had space to do so. Every MP of every party should be there for important debates or indeed any debate. That is what they are paid for.

Eric Blair

5th September 2019 at 7:36 am

That will be the multi-millionaire Old Etonian Jacob Rees-Mogg who has moved his business interests to Ireland, and is so representative of Spiked’s toiling masses sabotaged by the Remainer elite is it?

Michael Lynch

4th September 2019 at 9:34 pm

Heard a new Labour member having a sly dig over Mogg’s presumed slouching. She was banging on about the integrity of JRM and the Boris Government. She’d been a school teacher and laid out a detailed description of what her idea of integrity is. Well, I thought, what about her integrity and that of Labour, who not only triggered article 50, but also ran on a mandate of respecting the referendum result in the last election. Wonder how she got through her whole career without an understanding of irony?

Michael Lynch

4th September 2019 at 9:28 pm

Usual inane stuff and name calling when people can’t get their way. JRM might be an Etonian toff, but he is no anti-democrat. The trouble is that he came too close to the truth when he called the rebels arrogant for their lack of integrity. Members of Parliament are only lent their power by the people and they are, in fact, mere guardians of the sovereignty of the British people. Instead, they’ve handed this over to Brussels by capitulating.

Adrian W

4th September 2019 at 7:56 pm

I heard people commenting about this last night and one of them said that he isn’t being arrogant or entitled – the reason he does this (and he has done it many times before) is that because he is so tall, if he sits up straight, he will block people in the two rows behind him from the cameras.
It might be worth checking if this is the case before leaping on the outrage carousel.

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