I truly believe Jacob Rees-Mogg will be Prime Minister one day. Let's pray for him!
|Jacob Rees-Mogg, Mary O'Regan|
Jacob Rees-Mogg may not be the next PM, but with my all heart I believe he will be PM one day. I had the great pleasure of meeting Jacob Rees-Mogg at the Jesuit church in Farm Street, Mayfair where he is a parishioner. Rees-Mogg had just taken part in a panel discussion on Brexit and I was so impressed by his contribution that I raced up afterwards to meet him and congratulate him. He was wearing his bespoke double breasted navy suit and I found him to be eloquently charming - but not in a stylised, stagey way - he has the supple grace of someone comfortable in his own skin who has immense self-belief. Posh and plummy, perfectly polite he may be, but he is not a snob.
When I asked if I could quote him he readily and enthusiastically agreed, which caught me off guard because some of his quotes would be thought incendiary by those who would like to censor them, he spoke against the EU's funding of abortion in Africa and said that the EU had "a lot of cheek" when they "pinched" Our Lady's stars and used them for their flag.
Rees-Mogg agreed to have a photo taken with me - and the mere second after I had stood next to him for a photo, a lady rushed up to me and took my hands saying, "so lovely to meet you Mrs Rees-Mogg", to which I hastily said, "no, I'm Mary O'Regan, I'm not Mrs Rees-Mogg". To which she hugged me, still thinking I was his wife, perhaps presuming I was a feminist who had not changed my name, the lady asked for a selfie with me, to which I had to clarify, "no, I'm not his wife, I've only just met him." Throughout all this Rees-Mogg kept perfect composure, smiling, he looked on as I cleared up the case of mistaken identity, not rushing in to protest that I was not the missus.
After shaking his hand to say goodbye, I said, "I really will pray for you, that you go all the way to Number 10." Rees-Mogg became genuinely heartened and his face looked uplifted as though I were promising a gift. Evincing his belief in the power of prayer, he said, "thank you, I mean thank you very much. I will offer a prayer for you, too".
This summer I have had cause for joy; the masses are clamouring to make the Mogg PM. The internet wide movement was swiftly dubbed Moggmentum - and it has stuck - there is such a buzz around London with everyone comparing their reactions to his Instagram posts with its beautiful photos of his beautiful family.
On my own patch, the many people who told me they withheld their votes and didn't vote Tory in the last election have all pledged to vote Tory if Rees-Mogg were to become the Conservative Party leader. Such was the grassroots support for the Mogg the bookies slashed the odds on him becoming PM from 50 to 1 to 10 to 1.
In a piece Rees-Mogg penned for The Daily Telegraph he said he backs Theresa May but didn't flinch from slating the last election campaign as, "too managerial". Ma May may well be underestimating the Mogg, he let slip she had a good tee-hee at the idea he would become PM.
Then he painted a picture of his political DNA; what type of genetic code his premiership would have; he pitted himself directly against socialism:
"unlike the Socialist, the Conservative believes society is built from the bottom up, not the bottom down."
Twinning the Grenfell Tower tragedy with an attack on socialism; he calls tower blocks, "the physical embodiment of socialism" while reminding readers that the government ignored studies showing people overwhelmingly want a house of their own, however small, with a garden. A radical proposal of Rees-Mogg's is to demolish tower blocks and build houses to be sold to former occupants of tower blocks at a discount.
A song in tribute to lowering taxes it praises George Osborne for cutting corporation tax because it has meant businesses can "afford to invest and employ people...allowing the government more easily to finance its expenditure."
Fellow Catholic MP Iain Duncan Smith comes in for a special mention: "Iain Duncan Smith's disability reforms seek to find out what a disabled person is capable of doing, rather than assuming the only response to disability is money."
Taking a carefully aimed shot at the EU he says, "the EU keeps out competition, maintains high prices and reduces the power of the individual consumer"
I wanted to cheer out loud when I read the part where he decried the BBC for sending scathing letters to people who don't hold TV licences; effectively treating them like "crooks".
While the Mogg may be in favour of free enterprise, entrepreneurs and low taxes, the article takes an unexpected shift in that he stresses he is not on the side of big businesses and monopolies which are unaccountable to no one, least of all their customers who they fine for paying their bills late, but are above reproach when they send people the wrong bill. After decrying the
"arrogance" of energy companies, he articulates that "both banks and insurance firms penalise loyalty".
There is a sparkling specificity in all this that speaks of sheer spunk.
This View from The Crown's Rest is written with a view to asking readers from all over the world to pray consistently for the intention that Rees-Mogg makes it to Number 10. Ask holy priests and bishops to have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered for him and dedicate Rosaries to the intention. Imagine the worldwide changes for the better were a Catholic pro-life Prime Minister to be at the helm here in Britain.
PS - I very much doubt the grammatical howler 'if I was' in the title of The Daily Telegraph piece was the work of Rees-Mogg. He uses the subjunctive correctly throughout the piece. I'd imagine a sub-editor trying to sound "woke" to use the new London slang for with-it scrapped the subjunctive 'if I were'.
I'm not sure I buy the suggestion of some of my friends who think there was a deliberate mistake made by a sub-editor in the title to make the Mogg look silly; as in the fellow who fancies himself as PM can't use the subjunctive properly. But I'd say stranger things have happened.