Our thanks to Gary for this. Some of the content is too depressing for words. The emphases in these extracts are ours:
The Tory MP was asked whether he was a feminist during a discussion at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
He responded by saying that he is able to say he supports feminists but believes women should be the ones to decide whether somebody is actually feminist…
“I can say I support feminists. But I think for me to say I am a feminist is claiming for myself that, as Jess Phillips says, is probably for her to decide.”
The Tory backbencher also admitted he would receive far more abuse if he were to be female.
He added: “This is something we should take really seriously. The abuse of women online for sharing their views is a disgrace.”…
In a display of cross-party friendship, Mr Rees-Mogg also asked the audience to applaud Ms Phillips’ father for bringing up such a “splendid” daughter.
The Mogg has lost our vote. White male Tory MPs were the most abused MPs on social media before the last general election.