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We have a problem with...Jacob Rees-Mogg

The Tory backbencher for North East Somerset has stirred up the pot with a series of contentious views this week, on all things from abortion and same-sex marriage to food banks and the morning-after pill.

Mr Rees-Mogg, a father of six, is on record as being anti-abortion, even in the case of rape or incest, and anti-gay marriage. In his eyes, the fact he is a Catholic justifies these views.
He similarly has described the move to make the morning-after pill more easily available to women as 'a great sadness'.

But what we all need to remember before we too quickly dismiss Mr Rees-Mogg's views as utter twaddle in 2017 Britain, is this man is one of the favourites to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister. In fact he is absolute favourite amongst Tory grass roots members.

And if there is any doubt over what kind of Prime Minister this man would be - there are his comments on food banks. Talking to LBC Radio he said he found the increased use of food banks 'uplifting'. He said it revealed the charitable support people were prepared to voluntarily give to their fellow citizens.

When confronted with figures that showed last year food banks had been used by more people than ever before, he said that was because the Conservatives had made people aware that food banks existed, unlike the previous Labour government.

Nothing to do with the number of public sector jobs being slashed and more and more families living in poverty then.

There was a time when we used to laugh at Toad of Toad Hall, lager swigging, Nigel Farage. Look where that got us – Brexit.
We chortled over perma-tanned reality television star Donald Trump and his little hands. Then he was elected leader of the most powerful country in the world.

There is a pattern emerging here.


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