Watch: Jacob Rees-Mogg insists UK is a union of ‘equals’ – despite inability to name Welsh Tory leader
Jacob Rees-Mogg has insisted that the UK is a union of “equals” – despite being unable to name the leader of the Welsh Conservatives.
The Eton-educated Leader of the House of Commons has been criticised for his inability to name the current holder of the post – Senedd Member Andrew RT Davies
He has also come under fire of late for describing Douglas Ross “lightweight”, after the leader of the Scottish Conservatives called for Boris Johnson to resign as Prime Minister amid a scandal about boozy Downing Street parties during lockdown.
First Minister Mark Drakeford described the inability to name the Welsh Tory leader as “contemptuous”.
During a debate in the House of Commons, SNP MP Dave Doogan, said the comments about Douglas Ross are an example of the “disdain with which Scotland is viewed by the Westminster elite”.
But Rees-Mogg claimed that Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland are “fundamental” parts of the UK before going to suggest that “our success as a nation has been built on this union” and to boast that it created one of the “great empires in the world”.
The United Kingdom is an extended family of a nation, bound together by shared blood and kinship. It has had a marvellous history for many centuries and under Boris Johnson's leadership is on the cusp of further greatness. pic.twitter.com/EmIK8KMlmj
— Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) January 14, 2022
‘It is telling’
During a debate in the House of Commons, SNP MP Dave Doogan said: “It is telling, is it not, that the only Scottish Conservative willing to defend the Prime Minister is the Scottish Conservative on the Prime Minister’s payroll?
“The Leader of the House’s withering dispatch yesterday of the Scottish Conservative leader evidences the disdain with which Scotland is viewed by the Westminster elite and demonstrates that Scotland is a possession and not a partner of this Union.
“Can we have a debate about how we smoothly and transactionally move Scotland out of this Union and into a brighter independent future?
Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland are fundamental equal parts of the United Kingdom, without which there is no United Kingdom, and our great history, our great tradition, our success as a nation has been built on this union.
“How did we, a small country, a small island off the coast of the European continent become one of the great empires in the world. Very often thanks to the work of people from Scotland.
“When I used to live in Hong Kong, why was is there was Aberdeen in Hong Kong. It was because of the contribution to the Scottish people to making the whole of the United Kingdom a great nation.
“This is something celebrated on this side of the House (on the Conservative benches), something we glory in as our great shared joined history. Our history of ties of kinship, of ties of blood, of ties of involvement in each other’s lives.
“In response to the hon. Gentleman’s absolute question and fundamental point, people who hold office in the Conservative party are honour-bound to support the Prime Minister.”
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Surely we need to rename the pompous idiot Jacob Rhy Smug!
Wedi gwneud hynny ers blynyddoedd, ac am ei dad pan oedd hwnnw’n olygydd papur newydd The Times.
Been doing so for years, and about his father when he was editor of The Times newspaper.
Llysenw ardderchog Dewi – ga i ddefynddio ‘Jacob Rhy-Smug’ o hyn ymlaen wrth gyfeirio ato, os gwelwch yn dda?
All English party’s out of wales 🏴 that’s the Tories Labour and all Brexit party’s it’s time for a new wales 🏴
A history of annexation subjugation and exploitation. Add ethnic cultural and linguistic cleansing to the list and that about sums it up.
Another deliberate misuse of the word “nation”.
“How did we, a small country, a small island off the coast of the European continent become one of the great empires in the world.”
Where do we start with this one? …. Greed, avarice, murder, kidnap, racism, theft, slavery, self-importance …..
The British Empire is nothing to brag about!
Stop digging yourself into a bigger hole Jacob Rees Mogg!
…. And drop the ‘we’!
JRM glories in our shared blood and kinship which contributed to all those “justifiable” nasty things we had to do in order to build such a glorious Empire for the benefit of mankind (meaning the English elite). Himmler comes to mind. He likewise, also espoused the “justifiable” virtues of this barbaric nonsense. Come to think of it – he does bear some bespectable physical resemblance!! Allegedly!!!
Union of equals, lol. Jacob Rees-Smugg you are indeed a Conservative jester of the lowest order. Firstly, besides not knowing who leads the Welsh Conservatives in Wales, are clueless about the history of Wales, Welsh Britain or know that Cymraeg is the original mother tongue of this isle and that English is the only language that’s foreign. And to make things worse, you do not know the history of how this so-called false Union was created and what your country did to my beloved nation & people. So If I were you dear boy. Shut up and keep your ignorant… Read more »
Stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh kick all English party’s out of wales 🏴 it’s time for a new wales 🏴
It’s all elitist hubris.
why is it always these multi millionaires who have led a life of unequalled privilege trying to convince us that we’re a nation of equals, when will the rest of us wake up and realise we don’t need them.
We’ll certainly manage to cope without Andrew.
The UK is an empire in which London predominates.
It just says it all when leaders in Westminster harp on about empire. The British Empire is long gone. Looking backwards is the only thing they are capable of doing. If they think this stops us looking at the mess we are in now they are wrong. This so called ‘ union of equals’ is bursting at its seams.
JRM needs to be the new Northern Ireland Sec when the new Prime Minisrer is named.
His tact, love for the Celts and down to earth people friendly touch will move things forward to a happy outcome on that great island of Ireland.
If every country in the UK is of equal status why isn’t the investment the same in every area, why is Wales considerably poorer that England and why is our, government, culture and language constantly under attack from the UK government? The British isles is not made up of equal countries and never has been.
We are equals on the understanding you have to bow down to us and accept what we tell you and be fully subservient to our will this antiquated Etonian mindset, will be the end of this toxic political party in this country of ours..
I really hope the tory voting public of Wales open their eyes and see how this party is trying their utmost to destroy everything positive in Wales. In the words of Grayham It’s time for a new Wales
There is no ‘union’. The union is England and countries England controls. That is what Britishness means… The extension of Englishness over places that are not England. It is a supremacist conception.