From time to time I’m asked which Conservative MP would be my favorite to replace Theresa May, whose time as leader is limited. My first choice would of course be the redoubtable Philip Davies, but he’s always made clear his disinterest in high office.
David Davis might be next, but at 68 he’s perhaps a little too old to take on the mantle. Which leads me to that rare breed of person, an unashamedly conservative Conservative MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg (48). An extract from his Wikipedia page:
At the 1997 general election, Rees-Mogg was the Conservative candidate for the traditional Labour seat of Central Fife and attracted ridicule, after canvassing a largely working-class neighbourhood with his former nanny; on election night he came third, gaining 9% of the votes cast, slightly fewer than half of the votes won by the previous Conservative candidate in 1992. However, rumours that he had toured the constituency in a Bentley were described as “scurrilous” − he insisted it had been a Mercedes.
In common with the hapless David Cameron, four times winner of our Toady of the Year award, JR-M is an Old Etonian, but unlike Dave he is rightly unapologetic about it. James Delingpole wrote a sterling piece on JR-M for the current Spectator edition, Let’s keep up the Moggmentum. Enjoy.
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