The so-called ‘Minister for the 18th Century’ has brought ridicule down on himself and his leader Boris Johnson after claiming outrage over the decision to deny democracy by proroguing Parliament was “phoney”.
Jacob Rees-Mogg criticised words by Commons Speaker John Bercow, who described the decision to discard Parliament and try to run the UK as a dictatorship until it was too late to stop a “no deal” Brexit as a “constitutional outrage”.
He said: “It is not constitutional for the Speaker to express his opinion without the direction of the house.
“He has had no such direction and therefore his comments were in a private capacity. They can’t be as Mr Speaker.”
He said: “I think the outrage is phoney and it is created by people who don’t want us to leave the European Union and are trying very hard to overturn the referendum result and don’t want the benefits of leaving the European Union.”
And he said it was a “candy floss of confected anger from people who oppose Brexit.”
Mr Rees-Mogg, whose insistence at a Privy Council meeting yesterday induced the Queen to agree to shut down Parliament for five weeks, from September 10 until October 14, also claimed the move was not intended to limit the time available to debate Brexit.
But this is clearly nonsense.
If Dictator Johnson really wanted to get on with other issues, then he would have asked for the shortest prorogation possible and would have agreed to dispense with the usual conference-season recess.
This would have allowed him to start a new Parliamentary session, with a fresh legislative agenda, and have time to discuss Brexit.
The long prorogation is a transparent bid to deny our democratic representatives any chance to prevent the “no deal” Brexit Dictator Johnson wants.
And we all know it.
Indeed, he had his scrawny arse handed to him on the BBC’s Today programme by Labour attack dog Barry Gardiner.
He said: “Downing Street is lying… If he wanted to get on with his domestic agenda, he would in fact be having a shorter period of prorogation.”
And he pointed out that although the long prorogation would make it “extremely difficult” to foil the UK’s new dictator, it wasn’t impossible.
Opposition leader will push for a Standing Order 24 debate that would allow opposition MPs to take control of Parliament.
MPs who want to prevent a no-deal Brexit could then vote on extending the Brexit deadline – or even start a ‘vote of no-confidence’ in Boris Johnson, which has the potential to collapse the Government.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, outrage against Mr Rees-Mogg has been clear:
Yes, but that's Jacob Rees-Mogg, a man who has lived his entire life as a candy-floss, confected version of the man he thinks people want to be ruled by. I doubt he can conceive of a position ever being held in any other way.
— Iain (@iainl7) August 29, 2019
Candy floss is made by spinning melted sugar. Plenty of spinning going on here from Rees Mogg. https://t.co/AX2KkvsVQA
— Bill Esterson (@Bill_Esterson) August 29, 2019
Like “undemocratic backstop”, it will be in all Tory MP scripts…
— Paul Higham (@pjh_grumpy) August 29, 2019
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