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Jacob Rees-Mogg has chosen to remember Britain’s war heroes in a very unfortunate way.
The Conservative MP was out on the campaign trail in East Somerset yesterday and as is customary for British politicians at this time of year, he was wearing a poppy for Remembrance Day.
However, instead of wearing his poppy on the usual left lapel, Rees-Mogg had it hanging around his crotch.
Back on the campaign trail today with an excellent pit stop at Jacarandas in Midsomer Norton. #VoteConservative https://t.co/MEzsZWsyA5 — Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob Rees-Mogg)
The odd placement didn’t look like the most respectful way to wear a poppy and led to an obvious joke…
@NoCake4Brexit @Jacob_Rees_Mogg @giantpoppywatch Poppycock — Three.Words.Work (@Three.Words.Work)
Rees-Mogg introduces a literal meaning to the word 'poppycock'. https://t.co/YhIes703WZ — Pete 🤬 (@Pete 🤬)
And it didn't take long for the UK’s chief enforcer of poppy-based etiquette, Poppy Watch, to give their take on Rees-Mogg's creative styling.
Only a classically-educated patriot like Jacob Reespect-Mogg would be brainy enough to #Remembrance the #Fallen by… https://t.co/Tx3nOSNEAw — Poppy® Watch (@Poppy® Watch)
After being accused of disrespecting the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire by suggesting they lacked “common sense” earlier this week, you would have thought he would have played it safe with his poppy placement.
But Rees-Mogg is clearly an intellectual powerhouse in Boris Johnson's government so he'll wear his poppy wherever he wants - even if it does look like he's left his fly undone…
@Jacob_Rees_Mogg remember two days ago when you said the Grenfell victims lacked common sense? — Fred Delicious (@Fred Delicious)
So you all got mad at the rainbow poppy but have remained silent about Rees Mogg swanning around town in a sex offe… https://t.co/ZUVc22NUBb — James Felton (@James Felton)
Some of @Coldwar_Steve best work. Cant find Cilla sadly. https://t.co/jSqgp7wTPe — Ian. (@Ian.)
Senior Tory sources have reportedly told journalists that Rees-Mogg has been sidelined from the national Conservative election campaign so he’s not targeted by rivals after his insensitive comments.
Although, if he has been told to keep a low profile, it’s hard to see why he thought this picture was a good idea.
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