Jacob Rees-Mogg roasted for dating his resignation letter as 'St Crispin's Day'

Jacob Rees-Mogg roasted for dating his resignation letter as 'St Crispin's Day'
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Jacob Rees-Mogg has resigned from the cabinet in the most Jacob Rees-Mogg way.

Following the confirmation that Rishi Sunak is now the prime minister of the United Kingdom, the business secretary wrote a letter to his new boss in pen rather than by typing it - standard - saying he was doing one, but that's not all...

It comes after the former minister made cutting remarks about Sunak during the summer leadership contest and said he would not serve in a Sunak cabinet.

He told Kay Burley: "I believe his behaviour towards Boris Johnson, his disloyalty means that I could not possibly support him and he wouldn't want me in his cabinet anyway."

"I couldn't support somebody who has been so disloyal to the current leader of the party from inside cabinet," he continued.

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"If you are bound by collective responsibility you should stick to that whilst you are in the cabinet."

Today, a source close to Rees-Mogg told the PA news agency: “He knows he was very close to the previous two regimes and it didn’t seem likely he was going to be appointed in the new Cabinet.

“He’s happy to support the Prime Minister from the backbenches.”

That said, let's get back to the resignation letter and how barmy it was. He also dated the letter not as 25 October, like most people in the 21st century would do, but as St Crispin's Day - a date best associated with Shakespeare's Henry V.

His anachronism did not go unnoticed by people on Twitter, who rolled their eyes at the 16th century cosplaying politician and also noted that his handwriting is pretty illegible:

We are glad to be done with him.

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