Not necessarily known for his engagement with football (aside from that bizarre time he quoted a football rap in the House of Commons) Rees-Mogg instead devotes himself to more “high-brow” hobbies, such as reciting Latin.
The “lightweight” remark came after Wark confronted Rees-Mogg with the suggestion that all 31 Scottish Tory MSPs think that Johnson should quit.
He responded (in English, thankfully): “Well I would actually say that the secretary of state for Scotland, who is a big figure, is very supportive of the prime minister, he’s made that absolutely clear.
“Douglas Ross has always been quite a lightweight figure so I don’t think that his…”
Wark cut him off and said: “Hang on. The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, an MP, and an MSP is a lightweight figure?”
He said: “I think the Scottish secretary is a much more substantial and important figure in this.”
She again interjected to highlight that 31 MSPs agree with Ross, but Rees-Mogg tried to dismiss the suggestion despite Wark assuring him that the BBC was told by a “very senior Scottish MSP”.
“I think that these sorts of anonymous briefings are not necessarily entirely reliable,” he said.
Surprisingly, he didn’t follow up the comment - which seemed like he was telling an award-winning veteran journalist how to do her job - by sticking his fingers in his ears and going: “La, la, la, I can’t hear you”.