Category Archives: Rees-Mogg, Jacob

The political class is a law unto itself

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The anti-Johnson protesters are enemies of democracy

Dalrymple writes:

You would have thought, from the howls that greeted Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament, that he had appointed himself prime minister for life. Our democracy was in danger, said the demonstrators, meaning that Johnson’s manœuvre had made it harder for Parliament to obstruct the wishes of the people as expressed in the referendum.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, he says,

was right when he said that the outrage was bogus: it was that of a spoiled child who doesn’t want to go to bed.

Plebiscitary democracy,

in which a government puts questions to the population in the expectation of getting the answer it wants, is dangerous. The modern European tradition is to hold a plebiscite and take no notice of the result if it is ‘wrong’. This is what the demonstrating ‘defenders of democracy’ want. If they had objected beforehand to the procedure, pointing for example to the absurdity of deciding so complex a question on the basis of a single vote decided by 50% of the votes plus one, they might have had a point. But they did not. They expected to win the referendum and only turned against it because of the unexpected result.

Parliament, Dalrymple points out,

has conducted a long rearguard action against putting into effect the vote that it called. The majority of MPs were opposed to Brexit, but instead of coming straight out with it, they prevaricated so long and so efficiently that they almost scuppered the whole process. Having canvassed public opinion in a supposedly binding referendum on a vital subject, to ignore the result can only strengthen the impression that the political class is a law unto itself.

The large obstacles facing Rees-Mogg

Dalrymple writes that

the only British politician of any substance, vision, or character is Jacob Rees-Mogg.

However, Dalrymple lists three handicaps from which the MP for North East Somerset suffers.

  • He is morally conservative in a country of libertines.
  • He made a fortune in a country in which most people hate others with more money than themselves.
  • He is unrepentantly upper-class in a country in which even the well-born now pretend to be proletarian.

A proponent of a clean break with the European Union, Rees-Mogg

might not be able to unite the Tories behind him, and even if he did, he would have to face down the civil service, which from the first has been resolutely anti-Brexit (there is an international solidarity of apparatchiks).

The only British politician of any substance, vision, or character

Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset and chairman of the European Research Group