Tory toff Jacob Rees-Mogg is earning his political keep with the citizens of Saltford, on whose behalf the Somerset MP lobbied Eric Pickles to kill off proposals to build 99 homes on green belt land. With approval from a government inspector, the scheme was set to go ahead until until the decision was ‘called in’ by the communities secretary.
“I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Saltford residents in sending our thanks to Eric Pickles for throwing out these plans, and to Jacob Rees-Mogg for asking for the application to be called in.”
With this timely intervention by Rees-Mogg, the residents of another village in his constituency can surely count on his support in blocking proposals — said to be exploiting a “planning loophole” — to build another housing estate on farmland?
With Tory spinners attempting an ambitious rebrand as “the Workers’ party”, the voter-repelling mad-old-granny-in-the-attic of Tory MPs — Jacob Rees-Mogg — would surely be pretty low on the list candidates to front the initiative.
But ‘The Mogg’ appears determined to sabotage the PR drive — by travelling to the post-industrial north with aChannel 4 News camera crew in tow. The kamikaze adventures aired last night include calling bingo in a working men’s club (above) and attempting to engage with passers by on the high street (below).
For context, the Old Etonian investment banker said ofbringing his nanny to campaign in the Labour stronghold of Central Fife:
“I do wish you wouldn’t keep going on about my nanny”
“If I had a valet, you’d think it was perfectly normal.”
This exchange certainly does not augur well:
Local woman: “I like Labour” The Mogg: “And why do you like Labour?” Local woman: “Because David Cameron’s a prick” The Mogg: “Okay, that’s a blunt answer” Local woman: “Wasn’t it David Cameron who did the Bedroom Tax …?”
He’s certainly taken his time developing a sense of humour. In 2011 The Eton-educated MP for North East Somerset tried to get the account shut down, complaining that he found the tweets “quite tiresome”:
“I am going to look into how it can be closed down. It is quite clearly an attempt to impersonate me.”
And millionaire Rees-Mogg is not averse to calling in the lawyers. In 2010 he threatened legal action against a student who set up a website lampooning him as an out-of-touch toff — forcing the site to close and its creator to sign an undertaking not to repeat the stunt.
Stating that “I am not allowed to speak to ordinary people as it tends to upset them” the satirical jacobreesmogg.org.uk site also had a comment section with the notice: “To be frightfully honest, if I want your opinion I shall ask for it.”
“I am quite capable of being silly without other people saying silly things for me.”
Humourless Tory toff Jacob Rees-Mogg is attempting to close down a spoof Twitter account set up in his name. Although the Somerset MP claimed he was initially “quite relaxed” about the account, he changed his mind after a report based on the following tweet was posted on the Daily Telegraph website.
The Telegraph later updated their article to highlight the inauthentic nature of the account – but couldn’t resist pointing out Rees Mogg had still not denied meeting his better half over a frozen fillet of plaice.
Thin-skinned Rees Mogg has form for calling in lawyers at the first sign of satire, having last year threatened legal proceedings to shut down a spoof blog site. The Somerset MP will be familiar to Scrapbook readers for this gaffe on the BBC’s Daily Politics in which he claimed teachers and lollipop ladies would be “bonkers” to vote for him.
Rees-Mogg, who says he wouldn’t use Twitter even if he was paid to, also told the Bath Chronicle “I am quite capable of being silly without other people saying silly things for me.”
The Mail on Sunday this weekend reported the story of the Conservatives’ deselection of a female candidate following a controversial interview conducted when she was eight months pregnant. The row prompted a scathing letter to Tory top brass from her furious brother, Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. Political Scrapbook has obtained a full copy of this correspondence, which is reproduced below.
Failing to beat Lib Dem David Heath in a seat neighbouring her brother’s, Annunziata Rees-Mogg was one of the ill-fated Tatler Tory A-listers who did not make it to Westminster in 2010. In a letter to the chairman of the Conservatives’ backbench 1922 Committee (copied to MPs on the board of the party, the chief whip and David Cameron’s chief of staff) the Tory toff raged against comments made regarding his sister’s pregnancy by the party’s head of human resources:
“The attitude of Central Office is shameful … It was also suggested that Annunciata could have ticked the box for ‘disability’ but I feel most reasonable people would call that a contemptible suggestion.”
The note also lays a number of other frank criticisms at the door of CCHQ:
Jacob Rees-Mogg accuses paid regional organisers in his own patch for using his sister as a scapegoat for their own poor performance.
Party officials sent junior “sidekicks” to meetings with Annunziata.
The selection process is described as “illogical” and “arbitrary”.
It is claimed the process denies “standard data protection rights”.
“the Candidates’ department has behaved with generally poor manners”.
Scrapbook can only hope Jacob Rees-Mogg pursues the grievances of his constituents with equal vigour.
Tory toff Jacob Rees-Mogg told viewers of Politics Show South West this weekend that a teacher or lollipop lady would be “bonkers” to vote for him:
Sadly, we witnessed not a moment of honesty but a slip-up from the North East Somerset MP. Despite David Garmston generously offering Rees-Mogg the opportunity to correct himself, however, he stubbornly blames the presenter, claiming “You meant Conservative but you said Labour.”
Even demotion to regional TV can’t stop the Rees-Mogg media disaster.
In a courageous act of non-partisanship, Jacob Rees-Mogg has broken ranks with Conservative colleagues to suggest that his party fight the next election in a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Extending the hand of friendship to the government’s junior partner, Rees-Mogg said:
“[It would make] no sense to oppose people who have been members of that government and have made a big contribution to it.”
Rees-Mogg added that he was a “rare member of his party to think this” but it was in “everyone’s interest to make the coalition work”. How very New Politics™. Naturally, this would mean Rees-Mogg fighting the next general election without the inconvenience of Liberal Democrat triangulation. Perhaps his proposal owes rather more to naked self-interest than coalition camaraderie?
Looking at the electoral map, Jacob’s patch of Somerset is surrounded on three sides by orange constituencies and envelops Bath, all characteristic of the Liberal Democrats’ South West heartlands. Somerset North East is the successor to the Wandsdyke constituency, held by Labour from 1997 until it was abolished in 2010. Notional results indicate the Conservatives would have carried a wafer-thin majority of just 234 in 2005.