Following on from yesterday's page; I doubt if it will happen, but this man keeps being being touted as a future British PM.
Over the recent Summer months Rees-Mogg has gone from obscure backbencher to front page news. Ever since he named his sixth child 'Sixtus', he has been called both a 'toff from a bygone age', and the 'hope for a Greater Britain'; depending on what colour of newspaper you read.
I'm afraid I know very little of our Jacob. He received an upper 2nd in History from Trinity Oxford, he drives a 1936 3.5 T Series Bentley, and he's a supporter of Somerset Cricket Club. He is also anti same-sex marriage, and anti abortion, which doesn't win him many friends. His superior educational credentials would also rule him out from being admired by anyone to the left of centre.
His first foray into politics was in 1997 when he contested the Scottish constituency of Central Fife, where he carried out his canvassing accompanied by his nanny. It was said at the time that Rees-Mogg couldn't understand a single word of the local broad Scottish accents; nor could they understand him. He was not elected!
A future PM? Probably not, but he'd be a lot of fun as a future Mr Speaker!
Just a "Horror Vision".ReplyDelete
I listened to him on a German tv station. God help Great Britain. We live in the 21h century. He has not the slightest fun factor.
Ah Chloe, I can always rely on you to be negative. From everything I hear, he's an extremely pleasant and amusing person. His bizarre views on same sex marriage and abortion are held simply as a result of his Catholicism (well they would be wouldn't they).Delete
I heard him speak and didn't find him funny or pleasant at all. Maybe one must be British to find him those qualities. Sorry not my kind of guy .ReplyDelete
Chacun son type.Delete
Please don't make it worse, Cro. His sixth child is called Sixtus, not Sextus.ReplyDelete
By the way, just because someone has views differing from yours doesn't make that person "negative".
Greetings from this Prima,
Sextus, Sixtus, let's call the whole thing off!Delete
Sorry this may not be on subject to your post. It was very common in the old days to give "number" names. My father's best friends were twins and one was named Primo and the other Secondo. Like Primo Levi. Also there were many called Settimo, children born on the seventh month; probably shotgun marriages. I think there were too many children; easier to name and remember by numbers.ReplyDelete
Greetings Maria x
Septimus used to be a popular name. Whether or not they were all seventh children, I don't know.Delete
I was also about to correct you on the name of No 6 in the Rees-Mogg clan. He is called Sixtus, although it apparently should be Sextus if he intended it to mean 6 !! I feel sorry for the poor kid whichever it was. Probably better to be called Sixy rather than Sexy !ReplyDelete
I was going by memory (which is not all it was); I've now changed it.Delete
I don't think Frances needs to feel sorry for a Rees-Mogg, Sixtus, he will fit easily with his peers who will be blessed with equally toffish names. As for Rees-Mogg senior, I think he should be Chancellor of the Exchequer. He is quite astute where money is concerned.ReplyDelete
He dresses rather well, so maybe he could become Minister for Savile Row.Delete
I like this bloke too.ReplyDelete
As someone rightly pointed out re. his beliefs - here in GB we tolerate beliefs from a number of religions - so why are his so different? They're his beliefs - doesn't mean we all agree.
Quite right. I happen to think he is totally wrong, but then I think ALL religion is totally wrong.Delete
It could be worse. If he was Welsh he'd be called Mogg Chwech.ReplyDelete
I can think of a lot of things he might be called in Wales!Delete
I have always been a staunch defender of a person's right to have personal beliefs or views. We all have the right to argue our case but I staunchly object to a person using his or her position to force views or beliefs upon others.ReplyDelete
I wonder how many hold the same rather old-fashioned beliefs as R-M; I suspect not too many. However, I agree with you, he has the right to believe what he wishes.Delete
a scary thought...to follow May, Rees-Mogg or Bojo ????ReplyDelete
I quite expect we'll all be surprised; someone will suddenly appear from nowhere.Delete
Looks so frightfully English. I'll keep my eye out for him in futureReplyDelete
He's a quintessentially stiff-upper-lip Englishman of a particular 'class'. A rarity these days.Delete
What many people don't know is that he invented the elixir of life - in 1870. He is a local M.P. for here.ReplyDelete
Hence his love for Somerset Cricket, I presume.Delete
I was just looking at the photo above, and it reminded me of a Spy cartoon; so 1880-ish would be about right!
As some one from the left, he has a right to his opinions however I never thought in my lifetime I would have to again fight for a woman's right to choose.ReplyDelete
As for the effigies in your previous post, that is plain stupid for anyone to do that.
There are some very stupid people about!Delete
As for his odd views; I think we'd all be by your side.
We have just elected a new party leader(NDP) who would give him a run in the style stakes.Delete
Sorry, I don't know what the NDP is (National Democratic Party perhaps?), or in which country you are. But I do like stylish people from whatever walks of life.Delete
Six children and intending to have more - Idoubt he has a lot of time for other pursuits.ReplyDelete
A Septimus next, then an Octavia, and a Nonsense. Where will he stop!Delete
A quickie in the dark of course, as an old fashioned catholic I suppose his wife has no right for pleasure, it's only procreating.ReplyDelete
Absolutely; that's the Catholic way!Delete
Hysterical would have loved to have seen Mogg in Fife😂. Area has never ever voted Conservative, never will!.ReplyDelete
Too funny .
Especially if he was dressed as above and with his nanny!.Locals would find him funnier than the Monster Raving Loony party of old!.Delete
I think it would have been hilarious; especially him not understanding anyone. Perhaps Nanny translated.Delete
Nanny they would not understand at all !. Would think granny!.ReplyDelete
I don't like this current use of 'My Nan'; where did that come from? I knew neither of my grandmothers, but I would always have referred to them as 'Grandmother'; never 'Nan'.Delete
in North Wales grandmother is Nain...could be from thereDelete
I saw him on Have I Got News For You and he was quite amusing. Maybe that is his future, television shows. Regarding his views on abortion, he does indeed have a right to this view. However,I understand that he believes that abortion is wrong even in cases of incest or rape, which for me really is beyond the pale.ReplyDelete
He makes no exceptions. I too find that unacceptable.Delete
I do not comment on the politics of Blogger friends from other countries. I know little about how your political parties work or how it affects its citizenship. One particular sentence, though, caught my interest. You implied that those left of center were less educated in the U.K. Here in the US, those left of center are often called the "elite" as they are often more educated, less religious, and believe in science. The right is now after the higher institutions of education for indoctrinating their children and encouraging them to be immoral. Colleges are there to challenge ideas and encourage growth and questioning does not necessarily change one's basic beliefs but might help them accept those who think differently.ReplyDelete
We all have to get through the day, good or bad, as best we can.
It is not wise to generalise, but in the UK there is traditionally quite a social/educational gulf between left and right. The right tend to be hard working and better educated, and the left are the manual workers, unemployed etc. Of course there are exceptions.Delete
Cro when I read your last comment I was rather surprised because, in my experience, most of my professional and those with better academic qualifications all tend towards left and centre left and few towards the right. Anyway I decided not to comment. Then, as is often the way, when looking for something entirely different I came across these figures from YouGov published in April. There are a lot of figures but, in summary, the higher one's educational achievement the more likely one is to vote Labour/Lib Dem. Conversely the less ones academic achievements the more one is likely to vote Conservative or UKIP. I think the old stereotype of "the working man" voting Labour is long gone.Delete
Cro, I can't believe you are serious in asserting that the right are hardworking and the left unemployed. You often amuse me with your outdated traditionalism, but this claim is simply untenable.Delete
I can only comment from experience, and I can assure you that I have found it so. Even today I cannot imagine many serious businessman voting Marxist, just as I couldn't imagine many unemployed voting Tory. You can tell me I'm wrong, but I have to go with what I know.Delete
A living dinosaurReplyDelete
You could add him to your menagerie!Delete
Not known out here in the colonies. He sounds like an amusing chap, but not really one to take too seriously.ReplyDelete
A lot of our politicians are seen as 'for amusement only'.Delete
I see the entire upper class as for amusement only.Delete
Well, they keep me amused!Delete