Jacob Rees-Mogg unrepentant about earning commission on investments in Russian oligarchs

Via The Daily Politik: Andrew Marr challenged Jacob Rees-Mogg on his company, Somerset Asset Management’s links to Russian oligrachs.

Mogg reckons we should be, “much tougher on Russia. I think we should impose the level of sanctions that America has imposed on Russia” BUT it’s OK for Mogg to make money from people who make money from Russia, “by second degree”.

It's OK to Make Money from Russian Oligarchs –

Marr challenged Jacob Rees-Mogg on his company, Somerset Asset Management's links to Russian Oligrachs this morning. Mogg reckons we should be, "much tougher on Russia. I think we should impose the level of sanctions that America has imposed on Russia" BUT it's OK for Mogg to make money from people who make money from Russia, "by second degree".And he's the bookies favourite to be our next Prime Minister – #ToryBritain

Posted by The Daily Politik on Sunday, May 27, 2018

Jacob Rees Mogg and 7 other Tory MPs make more from second jobs than Jeremy Corbyn earns in total

From Political Scrapbook: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow Chancellor John McDonnell have published their tax returns for the third consecutive year today. They showed Corbyn earned £136,762 from MP’s pay, his salary as leader of the opposition and pension, while McDonnell made £87,353 from MP’s pay and pension.

The amount earned by the leaders of the opposition pale into insignificance when compared to the sums raked in by top Tories from their side jobs alone. The register of MPs’ interests shows:

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg, who is now favourite to become the next Tory leader, made £173,854 in the 2016/17 tax year from Somertset Capital, the investment firm he runs with Tory donor Dominic Johnson.
  • Nadine Dorries earned £144,000 over the same period for working 12 hours-a-week for a publishing company. She was previously forced to apologise for failing to declare her £82,000 ‘I’m a Celebrity’ appearance fee.
  • Michael Gove was paid £150,000 for writing a column for the Times before rejoining the Cabinet.
  • John Redwood, who wants to scrap workers’ rights from the EU, is being paid £183,600-a-year for a 75 hour-a-quarter commitment to an investment advisory firm.
  • Andrew Mitchell, who doesn’t know how much the rate of the minimum wage, is making £156,000-a-year from four separate side jobs.
  • Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill, is raking in a whopping £222,168-a-year from three different side jobs.
  • And Nadhim Zahawi, the Children’s Minister who attended the Presidents Club gropefest, made £148,000 for just five months work as the Chief Strategy Officer for an oil firm before leaving the role in December.

Jacob Rees-Mogg met Steve Bannon to discuss US-UK politics

From The Guardian: Jacob Rees-Mogg had a private meeting with former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon in London on Thursday to talk about how conservative movements can win in the US and UK, the Guardian has learned.

Rees-Mogg, a favourite among Conservative members to be the next party leader, spent more than an hour at the meeting in a Mayfair hotel with Bannon, who was at one point seen as Trump’s most influential adviser.

The American also met Nigel Farage, the former Ukip leader, and another Conservative MP during a short trip to the UK.

The meetings took place on the day of the diplomatic spat between Trump and Theresa May, after the US president retweeted anti-Muslim material from the far-right fringe group Britain First. Read more

From the archives: Student newspaper report on Jacob Rees-Mogg’s arrival at Oxford

#JacobReesMogg #FromTheArchives: Oxford University student newspaper Cherwell reported on Jacob Rees-Mogg's arrival at…

Posted by Stop The Tories Channel on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Oxford University student newspaper Cherwell reported on Jacob Rees-Mogg’s arrival at Oxford in the late 1980s:

“Jacob is one of the new breed of ‘serious’ students intent upon the maintenance of good old fashioned values and standards.”

“Whilst at Eton, Jacob maintained his decent and respectable status by employing other students to clean his shoes, or to hold an umbrella over him whilst running in the under fourteens.”

“Now at Trinity [College, Oxford], Jacob has yet to find time to take his suit off, so busy is he in his pursuit of uprightness.”

Letter in the Guardian highlights the hypocrisy of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s anti-abortion stance

#JacobReesMogg #ToryHomophobia #ToryMisogyny #ToryDoubleStandards

Posted by Stop The Tories Channel on Sunday, September 10, 2017

State school pupils are “potted plants”, said Jacob Rees-Mogg in 2006

In 2006 Jacob Rees-Mogg compared people who were not privately educated and did not go to Oxbridge to “potted plants”.

He went on to give the impression he thinks that anyone educated in the state sector is incapable of writing an “articulate” letter.

He also warned against having too high a proportion of ethnic minority candidates.

[Read full original 2006 article on Independent website…]

Jacob Rees-Mogg opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion – even after rape

From The Guardian: Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative grassroots’ favoured candidate to succeed Theresa May, has said he is against same-sex marriage and opposes abortion even in cases of rape.

Rees-Mogg, who is a father of six, said he was “completely opposed to abortion” and said he believed life began at the point of conception. “With same-sex marriage, that is something that people are doing for themselves. With abortion, that is what people are doing to the unborn child,” he said.

Asked whether he would be against terminations in all circumstances including rape, he replied: “Afraid so.”

[Read full article on Guardian website…]

Jacob Rees-Mogg was reported to Parliamentary standards watchdog for failure to declare interests

From The Independent, December 2014: A leading Conservative backbencher was reported to Parliament’s standards watchdog after speaking in four Commons debates in support of the tobacco, mining and oil and gas industries without declaring that he is a founder and director of a firm with multimillion-pound investments in the sectors.

[Read original article on Independent website…]

Caroline Lucas expertly exposes Jacob Rees-Mogg’s hypocrisy over tuition fee debt

From Evolve Politics: BBC Question Time on 6 July featured Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg and Green MP Caroline Lucas.

Caroline’s response to the Tory logic espoused by Rees-Mogg: “So I just thought it was interesting how Jacob spent the first half of the programme saying that government debt is really bad, and we need to avoid it at all costs, and he just spent the last ten minutes saying that student debt is absolutely fine, and don’t worry about it at all.”

[Read full article on Evolve Politics…]