JACOB REES-MOGG, has garnered widespread criticism after spending a significant portion of a crucial Brexit debate slouched across the Conservative front bench.
The Leader of the House of Commons was lambasted by MPs, celebrities and the public for his display, which was described as entitled, arrogant and contemptuous.
Rees-Mogg’s act of rebellious nonchalance came during a crucial debate as to whether control of the Brexit process should be handed to those seeking to avoid no deal.
A hard Brexiteer, the Conservative MP was evidently eager to put on a display of sneering disapproval at the plans.
It did not go unnoticed, with Green party MP Caroline Lucas among those to call up Rees-Mogg on his behaviour while other MPs shouted for his to sit up.
“Now, there’s been a lot of talk about democracy tonight and the Leader of the House, who – I have to say – with his body language throughout this evening has been so contemptuous of this house and of the people,” Lucas said.
"His body language this evening has been so contemptuous... we will not have it"
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is criticised by Green MP Caroline Lucas for his posture in the House of Commons
[tap to expand] https://t.co/rYPm4fvBUZ pic.twitter.com/VrIoH81qO3
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) September 3, 2019
She added that Rees-Mogg had been “spread across three seats, lying out as if that was something very boring to listen to tonight”.
The Labour MP, Anna Turley, called Rees-Mogg’s slouching the “physical embodiment of arrogance, entitlement, disrespect and contempt for our parliament”.
“Has @Jacob_Rees_Mogg lost the ability to sit up or is draping himself horizontally across the front bench pretentious or just bad manners?” MP Sarah Wollaston wrote on Twitter.
Has @Jacob_Rees_Mogg lost the ability to sit up or is draping himself horizontally across the front bench pretentious or just bad manners?
— Sarah Wollaston (@sarahwollaston) September 3, 2019
MP Phil Wilson also tweeted: “I grew up on a council estate in a pit village in Co. Durham. I was taught to sit up straight and show respect. @Jacob_Rees_Mogg had all the advantageous money can buy and can do neither. What a waste of an education.”
I grew up on a council estate in a pit village in Co. Durham. I was taught to sit up straight and show respect. @Jacob_Rees_Mogg had all the advantageous money can buy and can do neither. What a waste of an education. https://t.co/vJ8kBJiGxz
— Phil Wilson (@PhilWilsonXMP) September 4, 2019
— ALASTAIR CAMPBELL (@campbellclaret) September 3, 2019
“Not a great look,” Alastair Campbell wrote while Hugh Laurie offered up arguably the best summation: “Jacob Rees-Mogg lolling horizontally on the front bench during tonight’s emergency debate is as insolent and insufferable as anything I’ve seen.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg lolling horizontally on the front bench during tonight’s emergency debate is as insolent and insufferable as anything I’ve seen.
— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) September 3, 2019
Mark Steel, meanwhile concluded, in reflection: “I expect today Jacob Rees-Mogg will express his boredom in the Commons by releasing pheasants and shooting them, then ordering Philip Hammond to pluck them while reciting Latin names for flowers.”
The rest of the Twittersphere was littered with comments condemning Rees-Mogg for his actions on what was a crucial night in the ongoing Brexit saga.
A picture that encapsulates the pompous self-entitlement of Jacob Rees-Mogg. It should be plastered on red buses everywhere. pic.twitter.com/WeFhuyly6A
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) September 4, 2019
Jacob Rees-Mogg is the most despicable politician. Does anyone truly believe he is in politics to make anyone’s life better except his own? Does the average Brexit voter truly think that sliming, slouching gentrified earwig cares or empathises with their lives or worries?
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) September 3, 2019
Jacob Rees-Mogg: an arrogant and entitlement man who gives arrogant and entitlement men a bad name pic.twitter.com/1yH7pm3Vqt
— Marcus Chown (@marcuschown) September 4, 2019
Skin-crawling causing, profiteering, supercilious, entitled, arrogant, full to the brim of disdain, for those he regards as beneath him, ridiculous individual.
Vile creature, his soul polluted beyond help.
BBC News - Jacob Rees-Mogg told to 'sit up man!' https://t.co/vt9tcnyx4g
— Pamela Morrison 🏴 🇪🇺💙 🦋🦄 (@TheDafferz) September 4, 2019
Brexiteer: Those unelected EU bureaucrats are rude, arrogant and show nothing but contempt for democracy.
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Hold my port. pic.twitter.com/sPLSRypuvI
— HotBathColdBath (@BathHot) September 4, 2019
I’m going to adopt the Jacob Rees-Mogg pose at my next Management Team meeting at work and see how long I get to keep my job... pic.twitter.com/LL6XOJQ5lG
— oliver stacey (@_oliverstacey) September 4, 2019
I am angry. I am passionate. I am committed to ensuring the best outcome for my country, in whatever little way I can. And Jacob Rees-Mogg simply can’t be bothered. #BrexitVote pic.twitter.com/1c2dGSVeq7
— Grace ❤️ (@GraceCREd) September 4, 2019
His protest came just hours after Rees-Mogg attracted widespread criticism from the people of Ireland after comparing a bill after referencing Charles Stewart Parnell in relegation to the proposed Brexit bill.
He said: "The approach taken today is the most unconstitutional use of this house since the days of Charles Stewart Parnell when he tried to bung up Parliament."
Irish people flocked to Twitter to express their disgust at his comments.
Rees-Mogg citing Charles Stewart Parnell “bunging up Parliament”. Jesus Christ Almighty. The gall of him. The utter GALL. Am so ANGRY. 🤬🤯🤬🤯🤬#BrexitShambles
— Bronnagh Ó Súilleabháin (@bronnaghOS) September 3, 2019
— Rob Gill (@robggill) September 3, 2019