Recently, ‘moderate’ Labour MP Jess Phillips wrote an article responding to Laura Pidcock’s comment to the SKWAWKBOX that she had no interest in being friends with Tory MPs who are damaging communities and hurting people.
Ms Phillips told the Guardian that Ms Pidcock was wrong – because her grandma was a Thatcherite and Labour voters aren’t perfect. She was also seen recently in a Channel 4 TV programme getting along very well with Tory leadership prospect Jacob Rees-Mogg:
Jess Phillips is not new to Rees-Mogg fandom. In December 2015 she told the Conservative-supporting Spectator magazine:
I was raised to hate Tories; in our house Tory was a swear word. But since I got into the Commons I’ve met so many nice ones, who care about their communities, who care about women’s rights. Some of their feminists are very “strident”! she laughs. ‘Jacob Rees-Mogg, for instance, is great – very funny and kind. The first time he opened a car door for me, I just stood there, shocked. He said: “Doesn’t your husband do that?” I said: “It would be a ruddy long school run if he did!”
That she considered Rees-Mogg an example of a Tory ‘strident feminist” because he opened a car door for her is probably not insignificant. In any event, Ms Phillips’ cosy relationship with Rees-Mogg is well and severally attested, including in tweets by Jess Phillips dating even further back than her December 2015 comment above and another Guardian article last year.
Apparently unsatisfied with tweets, articles and Channel 4 appearances, the pair decided to appear together at the Cheltenham Festival next month:
‘Odd’ indeed. Especially when you consider the man’s voting record and previous association with a racist event:
But if many Labour supporters find Ms Phillips’ enthusiasm for Rees-Mogg’s distasteful, that distaste will have deepened into shock after his comments to ITV’s Good Morning Britain. Rees-Mogg told viewers that he is opposed not only to gay marriage in all circumstance – but also to abortion even in cases of incest-rape:
The fact that the Tory MP is more than willing to force even victims of rape by a family member to go through with a pregnancy says rather more about his ‘feminism’ than opening a car door.
Surely Jess Phillips will not go through with the Cheltenham appearance? We simply do not know, as she has not so far responded to the SKWAWKBOX’s repeated requests for comment.
Laura Pidcock’s determination not to befriend MPs of the party that has blighted the UK for twenty-five or so of the last forty years always looked morally right to those attuned to the suffering the Tories have caused – but in the light of Rees-Mogg’s ‘wolf in toff’s clothing’ act it looks ever more like a moral necessity.
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