JACOB Rees-Mogg is often quite demurring and reserved in his tone even when he is being forceful. However, yesterday something seemed to snap in him as he launched a pair of verbal Exocet missiles in the direction of Remoaners and Theresa May.
Responding to Lord Mandelson, one of the many political zombies that seem to litter the Remoaning side of the debate, saying that ‘Brexitremists’ are “nationalists” not “patriots”, JRM pulled no punches: “The dismissiveness of Brexiteers by the metropolitan elite is condescending and inaccurate. “Lord Mandelson epitomises this and when in office his approach to managing public opinion led to a corrosive distrust between elector and elected, and his failure to realise this shows a remarkable lack of self-knowledge.”
He also had some home truths to impart to Mrs May: “The PM has said for a long time that no deal is better than a bad deal. “If the Government cannot now show that it can deliver a workable deal based on WTO terms then it is not competent. “It is not a good look for the Government to appear fretful, weak and incompetent, but this seems to be the way it is approaching the idea of leaving on WTO terms.”
A series of scare stories including reports that the army is being put on standby to act in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario constitute the beginning of Project Fear 2.0. Rees-Mogg, however, has never had any qualms about no deal and now it looks like he will be increasingly strident in his criticism of an already vulnerable Prime Minister. Hopefully, this could well be the push over the edge of the political cliff that she is currently perching that will send her tumbling head-long into redundancy.