Here’s a fascinating article in the New Statesman exploring the question, ‘What is behind the social media stardom of parliament’s most cartoonish toff’?
Source: Understanding #Moggmentum: the hollow cult of Jacob Rees-Mogg
Jacob Rees-Mogg went to the centre of my political radar last week when he was voted ahead of the Tory big beasts to replace the weak and wobbly Theresa May. The source was an online survey on Twitter sponsored by a Tory MP known to be a passionate Brexiteer.
As Jeremy Corbyn gets set for an Autumn election, the Conservative Party are still floundering. Jacob Rees-Mogg is popular, independent, highly privileged, a toff and a traditional Tory, surely he’s not a serious candidate against Corbyn?
Jacob Rees Mogg is too patrician and too grand an English eccentric to run the country and the last thing we need with all our difficult problems is another Old Etonian.
To beat Jeremy Corbyn and his bought and paid for Red Guards we need someone who can connect with ordinary people,street fight and give no quarter.
The country is in danger and deep trouble so urbane smoothness has to give way to the ruthlessness that comes with having come up the hard way and a background that can connect with the young.
Kwazi Kwarteng fits the bill and is telegenic and capable with youth appeal and sharpness.
The present Cabinet sound and look old and Rees Mogg although very articulate is not the man for close quarters political brutality of the kind that will be needed to put the BBC,ITV,Channel 4 and NHS and local authority middle managers to the sword.
He would want to keep his long aristocratic hands Pontius Pilate clean and leave the butchery to others.As Dr Alf will remember not all change is welcomed,not every middle manager is willing to relinquish his/her position.
What has to be done does not require consensus,endless urbane discussion or cross party working,it is kill the monster time before it gets too big and kills of the Conservative Party and bankrupts the country.
The “Prince” to quote Machiavelli must live in the country he has conquered inflict all his cruelties at once and then bestow benefits one at a time so that they are the more appreciated.
Taking Momentum’s money away through sequestration ,bringing in legislation to outlaw strikes in essential public services,firing the Southern train drivers and calling up retired military personnel to apply a state of emergency and break General Strikes is not the province of Rees Mogg.
He has other uses around consensus building after all the “enemies within” are dealt with.