Now it is undeniable that a few reading the above headline will disagree with both sentences contained therein. But let’s first consider the facts about the man before we move to judgement. Why the BBC even runs a special web page on this back bench man of the people. Some argue that giving MPs such as Jacob so much coverage is questionable. So let’s examine what makes this chap, this MP, this public servant a true man of the people.
Firstly the idea that a man with a 418-year-old mansion, an estimated £100 million fortune, butler, nanny, Rolls-Royce and Westminster townhouse, who was educated at Eton and whose father edited the Times, is posh suggests a lack of understanding of where the rest of us consider the posh divide to be. After all it’s not like he’s a billionaire is it.
So what makes Jacob such a man of the people. Well for a start let’s look at his early life. I think you will agree it is just typical of most others. He was born into a wealthy family in Hammersmith, London (who wasn’t), and was educated at Eton College, then studied History at Trinity College, Oxford, and was president of the Oxford University Conservative Association as was the BBCs Nick Robinson. Funny old coincident that. So all fairly standard there. Probably very much the same experiences as you had before starting life on the stage of work. Prior to his birth, in 1964 the family had purchased Ston Easton Park, a country house located near the village of Ston Easton, Somerset where Jacob grew up. Home life for the young Jacob was fairly standard although it was a bit of a drag of a walk to his mates house for a game of footy. The Bentley was not always available to take him there so he was often forced to read the Times to pass the lonely hours.
After graduating from the University of Oxford in 1991, Jacob worked for the Rothschild investment bank under Nils Taube before moving to Hong Kong in 1993 to join Lloyd George Management. During his tenure in Hong Kong, he became a close friend with Governor Chris Patten and was a regular at Government House. You probably remember what a drag it was to keep going to some official government residence or other to force down a five course meal paid for by the over generous British taxpayer. What an enormous drag eh?
Anyway at the young age of just 26 Jacob decided he would like to do more to help his fellow citizens. He was selected as the Conservative Party candidate for Central Fife, a traditional Labour seat in Scotland during the 1997 GE. With an upper class background set against a predominantly working-class electorate, Jacob was criticized by many constituents for being too posh, a claim he refused to acknowledge as an issue. Quite right Jacob, that’s just Poshism after all. News stories from the time ridiculed Jacob for canvassing the area with his family’s nanny and touring the constituency in a Bentley, a claim which he later denied, insisting it had been a Mercedes. Newspapers are so unfair to Conservative candidates.
At the 2010 GE Jacob became the new Member of Parliament for the new North East Somerset constituency with a majority of 4,914 votes. His sister, journalist Annunziata Rees-Mogg, stood simultaneously in neighbouring Somerton and Frome, but failed to win her seat by 1,817 votes. In The Guardian, Ian Jack had claimed that the selection of two such highly privileged candidates had damaged the Conservative Party’s message of social inclusion, appearing to suggest that privileged candidates should be excluded. How unfair. Jacob was willing to give up his time to help those few citizens who had not had the same life chances as himself and is accused of being a privileged candidate. Can you see anywhere he has had an unfair advantage over the rest?
Jacob has always been willing to use his own money to ensure he can be ready in an instant to serve the British people. This has once again been demonstrated by his recent £5 million purchase of a house less than 400 yards from Parliament. A wonderful gesture of support for the British people. I mean, come on now be honest. How many of your friends or relatives would be willing to use £5 million of their own personal wealth to purchase a family home so close to their work.
Since entering parliament Jacob has done and called for many things that will help his fellow citizens. Here are a few of them.
Consistently voted against equal gay rights
0 votes for, 7 votes against, between 2013–2014
Consistently voted against smoking bans
0 votes for, 3 votes against, between 2010–2015
Consistently voted against allowing marriage between two people of same sex
0 votes for, 6 votes against, in 2014
Generally voted against laws to promote equality and human rights
2 votes for, 9 votes against, between 2011–2018
Voted against allowing terminally ill people to be given assistance to end their life
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2015
All votes to ensure that his fellow citizens had the free rights they are entitled to such as keeping equal rights only for heterosexuals, enjoying the pleasure of inhaling secondary smoke, stopping people entering marriage, helping us to know our place and not suffer the burden of asking for unreasonable rights, making sure our death will be ‘meaningful’ and drawn out.
Jacob has always advocated that society means giving every individual the opportunity to make it on their own. Those who fail to make it now enjoy the great pleasure and opportunity of visiting a food bank. In fact Jacob rather likes food banks telling the BBC during one of his many promotions, sorry interviews on the screens of the public broadcaster that he finds voluntary support given to food banks is “rather uplifting” and “shows what a compassionate country we are”. So as you would expect Jacob has voted consistently for policies that will help get the terminally ill and chronic disabled back into full and worthwhile employment. Here are a few of those momentous votes which I have taken the liberty to add comments to in an effort to explain his possible thinking for casting his vote as he did.
Consistently voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax.
17 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2012–2018
Now I think what Jacob was trying to do here was free up those large properties for those that need them and move people into smaller one bedroom ones. True there are no one bebroom ones to move them into so it’s just a case of deducting the money. But really it is their own fault. They could have done the same as Jacob and his wife and had six children. And they’ve done that with just one nanny. That’s true sacrifice.
Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices
0 votes for, 5 votes against, in 2013
This is a good example of how Jacob is helping people to get back to work. OK it’s hard if there are only Zero Hour or Gig Economy jobs or you’re too disabled or suffering a disabling illness but as Jacob would probably say ‘it’s tough luv, innit’.
Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
0 votes for, 14 votes against, 1 absence, between 2011–2016
Again Jacob voted for this (14 times) to help people get back on their feet. This has led to many finding out through assessment that they are in fact fit for work. And let’s face it no one has died as a result have they. Eh well anyway let’s move on. Jacob would probably seize the opportunity to point out no member of his family has ever had help from the state and they have managed all right.
Consistently voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support
4 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2012
See this is true compassion by the man. He insists local councils do their best by their citizens. He further helps the council by reducing their income forcing them to be very careful with what after all is public money. What a guy.
Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
52 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2012–2016
Poor Jacob has had to vote 52 times for this. it is very unfair to ask the man to get up in the morning and drag himself the 400 yards from his new £5 million house all the way to Parliament to vote so that the unemployed, the sick and the disabled are sure of a place at the local food bank. Add to that he probably passes many of these peoples homes on his 400 yard Bentley ride and they still have their curtains drawn shut.
Consistently voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed
0 votes for, 9 votes against, between 2011–2014
Wonderful stuff from Jacob. Why do these do gooders think our young people want guaranteed jobs. They want to be self employed. Just look at the wonderful opportunities for our young entrepreneurs in the Gig and Zero hour vacancies.
Jacob is working very hard to ensure we have a good, hard Brexit. He has been at pains to point out the advantages of the UK entering the WTO arena with just its proverbial in its hands. At a Treasury Select Committee meeting, discussing economic plans post-Brexit, Jacob asserted that the high safety and environmental standards currently enforced by the EU could be rolled back “a very long way”. Namely to those of India still arguably a ‘developing’ nation. A country with 21.2% of its population living in poverty. That seems reasonably doesn’t it especially as a recent report by the Office of National Statistics on persistent poverty showed that from 2012 to 2015, roughly 3 in 10 (30.2%) of the population of the UK were at risk of poverty for at least 1 year. And that trend is continuing. So there you are we are beating India on one issue straight away by a massive 9% points. And Brexit hasn’t even happened yet. Marvelous.
In summary some of Jacob’s greatest hits include: suggesting Somerset have its own time zone; suggesting all council workers wear bowler hats; breaking the record for the longest word uttered in parliament (“floccinaucinihilipilification”, which means worthless); struggling to name a single pop song; speaking to a group that favours voluntary repatriation of black immigrants; wearing a top hat to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral; disputing climate change; voting against a bankers’ bonus tax, voting against increasing the tax on those earning over £150,000, gay marriage, abortion even in cases of rape and incest and the 1998 Human Rights Act; and voting for private members’ clubs being exempt from the smoking ban… as long as they don’t serve food.
So as we race even closer to the cliff edge, Jacob and his merry band of very rich (but the same as you and I really) Brexiteers assure us that we will be jumping into a warm and inviting Hawaiian true blue sea of WTO countries all with open arms to welcome us. And as Jacob has generously shown us, should the fall not be in to a world full of unicorns but on to the rocks of destitution then we should do as he and his fellows have done and quickly start moving our money into other EU countries. Thanks for the heads up Jacob. I know I’ve said it before but what a man.
So in conclusion can we please cease trying to knock the guy. After all he is just trying to get us back to where we belong. In the 18th century.