Jacob Rees-Mogg says Partygate is 'disproportionate fluff'
Jacob Rees-Mogg has annoyed people once again by repeating his assertion that Partygate isn't all that serious.
In a live recording of Conservative Home's podcast the Moggcast (hah!) at the Conservative Spring conference today, the minister for Brexit opportunities reportedly said the war in Ukraine and the cost of living crisis had made politics more "serious" and made people get away from "wokery" and Partygate, which he dismissed as "fluff".
In the aftermath of Putin’s invasion, “nobody cares” about rows over words which may offend people, Rees-Mogg said.
“All that nonsense is shown up for the trivial nature of it, and that we are now looking at serious difficult decisions that have to be made,” he said.
"I'd say the same of Partygate that all that is shown up for the disproportionate fluff of politics that it was, rather than something of fundamental serious about the safety of the world and about the established global order."
"When we look back in 36 years at Partygate, people will think `What were they on about? They were moving from Covid to Russia and Ukraine, yet they were distracted by whether or not the PM spent five minutes in his own garden. It’s fundamentally trivial.”
\u201cPartygate\u201d was never about whether the PM was \u201cambushed by a cake\u201d. It\u2019s about whether we have a serious PM who tells the truth and who follows the same rules that he expects the rest of us to follow. In difficult times it\u2019s even more important we have a PM with these qualities
Rees Mogg's occasional meandering reflections on the great social & economic issues of the day are a classical example of political fluff.https://twitter.com/SamCoatesSky/status/1504756031112597534\u00a0\u2026
— Clare Hepworth OBE (@Clare Hepworth OBE)
It wasn\u2019t fluff. Our PM stands accused of breaking the law. Laws other people followed and missed out on huge events in their lives. Two bad things can be happening at the same time.
— Baroness Rachel of Belmont (@Baroness Rachel of Belmont)