Rees-Mogg SLAMS Osborne as the “Architect of Project Fear”
In a blasting attack on the former Chancellor this morning, Jacob Rees-Mogg accused Osborne of being the “architect of project fear”. Appearing on Sunday politics, he was asked about Philip Hammond and whether Mr Rees-Mogg believe he was operating behind the scenes against Brexit. He said:
“I have a great deal of admiration for the chancellor but his predecessor was the architect of protect fear. He was much too close to the governor of the Bank of England who lost his independence by cosying up to the government prior to the independence vote. That’s what needs to change and it’s an opportunity in the budget for Philip Hammond to show that he is putting aside the treasury’s mistakes in the past.”
It comes after the news that Mr Rees-Mogg was “seriously considering” standing for PM over the summer, and suggestions that he might join the cabinet following Patel’s resignation.
Speaking again about Hammond, he said:
“I think that Philip Hammond is an exceptionally intelligent man and a very thoughtful man and it’s not altogether a bad thing to have a chancellor who is serious-minded and steady rather than one who is a showman who uses the Exchequer to interfere in absolutely everything. So no, I’ve got a great deal of confidence in the chancellor.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg, who was the face of the most noticeable shift in youth politics in recent years – dubbed ‘Moggmentum’ – which saw the youth rapidly and dramatically shift towards the more right-wing, capitalist politics of Mogg, other Tories and even UKIP in many cases.
However, one issue that the youth often have with the right and Breixt, is the £350m for the NHS claim during the EU referendum. Addressing the claim this morning on Sunday Politics, he said:
“Politicians have to recognise that voters don’t look at the small-print of electoral promises but if you put £350m on the side of a bus and say this ‘may’ be available for the NHS, people don’t notice the ‘may’, and nor should they tbh; it’s perfectly reasonable to promise. Brexit was won by the leave campaign and therefore I think it’s very important that that promise is delivered on. Politicians must keep faith with voters and deliver on implied promises as well as ones that are set out in every last detail.”
The eloquent, top-hat-wearing MP is known for (besides his manner of speech and astounding level of politeness) his long-standing belief in Brexit, and his strong stance against a divorce bill. When asked this morning if the money for the NHS should be instead of an EU exit bill, he said:
“You put your finger on the most important point; that it is a matter of choice for the government. They will have to choose whether to give lots of money to the EU or to spend money on necessary UK public services and that will be part of the negotiation. In all these expenditure issues and indeed tax issues, it comes down to choices the government makes. I will encourage the government to make the choice of our own domestic services rather than expensive schemes in continental Europe.