The danger of the 'funny posh politician' Jacob Rees-Mogg
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On Good Morning Britain yesterday, Conservative MP for North East Somerset and the centrepiece of many Facebook memes Jacob Rees-Mogg managed something no-one should ever be proud of. He made Piers Morgan, misogynist and general disgusting person, look like the good guy, due to his comments on abortion and homosexuality. Rees-Mogg stated that he was completely opposed to abortion under all circumstances, including for rape victims, and that he opposes same-sex marriage. This comes after he was tipped as the next leader of the Conservative Party if Theresa May were to step down, and after becoming the subject of a number of memes since the general election in June. Within my age group and politically engaged group of peers, he is incredibly easy to laugh at. He’s insufferably posh, Eton and Oxford-educated, and a very generic Tory stereotype. My university’s meme Facebook page even made a meme featuring him, and it does make me laugh.
causing even more damage and adding vulnerable women to the list of the casualties of the Conservative government – alongside disabled people, the working class, immigrants, people of colour and young people.
This is not an attack on free speech. I have the right to criticise Rees-Mogg’s comments just as much as he has the right to make them. But I believe that when someone so influential, with an ever-growing platform thanks to social media, has such awful opinions – that’s when they become truly dangerous.
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