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‘Unacceptable harassment’ of Rees-Mogg criticised after protesters hound the MP

27 Apr 2024 2 minute read
Screenshot from video of protesters at Cardiff University by Arthur Newman and Jacob Rees Mogg (right) by Chris McAndrew (CC BY 3.0).

Protesters who hounded Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg after he spoke at Cardiff University have been criticised for their “shrill intimidatory idiocy”.

Concerns were raised over the “unacceptable” harassment of politicians after footage showed the Tory MP being chased by a shouting crowd of demonstrators as he was escorted to a waiting car by eight security guards.

The activists hurled abuse at the MP as they waved Palestinian flags, while security staff could be seen warding off people trying to rush him.

The former business secretary had been speaking at the Welsh university’s Conservative association on Friday.

Intimidatory

Conservative Party chairman Richard Holden wrote on social media site X: “How silly of these morons – whatever they think their cause is, they do it a disservice.

“I’m sure @Jacob_Rees_Mogg will have taken it in his stride but no elected politician should have to put up with this shrill intimidatory idiocy.”

Jo Stevens, Labour’s shadow Welsh secretary, said: “Concerned by footage of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s treatment by protesters in Cardiff.

“I disagree with him on almost everything, but we cannot accept a culture of intimidation in our politics.

Block the doors

The protest was organised by Welsh Underground Network and Cardiff Communists, with the former tweeting afterwards: “We helped organise a demonstration against this imperialist politician.

“We managed to block the doors, shutting them inside for several (hours).

“Mogg left under a barrage of our anger, anger at his zionism, anger at his cruelty to the working class, anger at his very existence.”

Sir Jacob was filmed being bundled into a security vehicle, as one protester draped himself over the car’s bonnet before being pulled away by guards.

The Tory former Cabinet minister said: “It was a legitimate and peaceful if noisy protest.

“The Cardiff University security team was exemplary in allowing a lawful protest while keeping everyone safe.

“Universities ought to be bastions of free speech and as both the protesters and I were able to give our views without fear or intimidation the proper traditions of adversarial debate were upheld.”


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Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
27 days ago

Yes, harassment can not be condoned but in many ways the character of Rees-Mogg – upper class snob, to be blunt – makes him an easy target. He shouldn’t worry though, I suspect he’ll be collecting his P45 in the autumn and so won’t have this sort of concern again in the future.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
27 days ago

I can’t begin to list the mortal harm he and his partners in the crime of the century have done to the people of these islands…

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
27 days ago

He Represents what hard working people should be against the typical Tory SNOB with the attitude WE THE PUBLIC SCHOOL UPPER CLASSES ARE BORN TO RULE YOU MERE MORTALS ARE BORN TO SERVE US he more than most Tories have this attitude your typical LORD SNOOTY

Valerie Matthews
Valerie Matthews
27 days ago

If you cannot stand the heat stay out of the kitchen! A man who is only too happy to belttle and antagonise others!

hdavies15
hdavies15
27 days ago

JRM is a major league Wanchor but so too are many of those that protested and harrassed him. It just speaks volumes about the general level of poor quality of those who engage in politics in different ways. Did they achieve anything today ? No not a damn thing.

Evan Aled Bayton
Evan Aled Bayton
27 days ago

A lot of this has been stoked on social media likely by diverse agents with a vested interest. It has to be said that Netanyahu’s response to the appalling atrocity on October 7th has made people who never really thought about Judaism antisemitic and that Hamas has been able to engineer the destruction of Gaza at a high price using the Gazans as fodder for their death cult species of Islam.

Riki
Riki
27 days ago

The only death cult is those who want to sacrifice those poor animals to bring about their messiah. And according to The Zionists that doesn’t only mean the Cows!

Riki
Riki
27 days ago

So they can create policies that run people’s lives, yet they aren’t allowed to be criticised while off the clock so to speak?! That runs completely contradictory to a nation that’s supposedly democratic. If their policies are active at all times, they should be allowed to criticised at any time.

Jeff
Jeff
26 days ago

Gotta wonder why Mr Mogg was booked. The bloke has been proven wrong and all the political decisions the Tory party has taken of late, and that includes his time in the brexit camp and in BJ Government (he was the comedy act right?). Was it a pop up comedy club and he was some performers dummy?

Post Brexit border checks start next week.

Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
26 days ago

This man, along with his father and sister, have made vast fortunes from other peoples misery and misfortune. Just take a look at the books they have written. All about how to cash in when things are downturning and tanking.

They are a grubby family. End of.

They are reaping what they have sowed.

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