07 Sep 2017

Catholic oddity tipped to succeed Theresa May

When asked if he is against abortion for rape victims, UK MP Jacob Rees-Mogg airily answered: “Afraid so”.

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Why this story matters:

It’s no wonder Rees-Mogg is the new poster child of the British Conservative Party. The 48-year-old Catholic oozes eccentricity -- undoubtedly one of the keys to success in British politics.

At 8.6% of the total population, Catholics are a minority in Great Britain, a country where over 50% of inhabitants do not identify with any religion. Despite this, the spirited Rees-Mogg often refers to the sanctity of Catholic teachings when discussing social issues in the U.K. For example, he believes that same-sex couples should not have the right to marry because “marriage is a sacrament and the view of what marriage is is taken by the church, not parliament.”

The proud father of six has also come out as firmly opposed to abortion in all circumstances. When asked if he is against abortion for victims of rape, he airily answered: “Afraid so”. This puts the quaint politician squarely at odds with the rest of the British population. According to a Yougov poll, a mere 7% of Brits are in favor of banning abortion altogether. Yet he may -- no pun intended -- end up as the next prime minister of the United Kingdom.

This unlikely turn of events was brought by an opinion survey among the members of the British Conservative Party, in which Rees-Mogg came out as the favorite candidate to succeed May as head of the party. 

In addition to his political career, Rees-Mogg is also a successful fund manager. He does not disclose the yearly income he earns from his investment firm, but The Times has hinted at £1m or more.

A few other noteworthy quirks:

He is in favor of abolishing most environmental protections.

He was a Trump supporter until the "grab’em by the pussy" scandal.

When a young Tory activist called Ross Atkinson got the word “Moggmentum” tattooed on his chest, Rees-Mogg invited him to Westminster and told the press “I’m enormously honored and flattered. I just hope he doesn’t become a socialist when he gets older and might have to change it”.

Details from the story:

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg emerged as the favored candidate to succeed Theresa May in a survey of the members of the British Conservative Party.
  • With 1,309 opinions, the survey is considered reliable, although it often shifts quickly.
  • Rees-Mogg’s blooming social media presence also testifies to his growing popularity.
  • The Eurosceptic MP said that May "is doing a good job" but has not ruled out a future bid for power.
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