Jacob Rees-Mogg’s star-studded Commons address
One of the joys of reading speeches by the Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is the level of knowledge he contributes. Introducing a debate on the Succession to the Crown Bill yesterday, he seasoned his speech with the names of Richard the Lionheart, George II, Elizabeth I, Queen Anne, Louis XIV, Charles II, St Augustine, Joseph of Arimathea, Pope Pius IX, Henry IV of Navarre, James Stuart aka the Old Pretender, Henry V and Edward VII – all within the space of about half an hour. Oh, and he began by pointing out that it was the anniversary of the death of Henry VIII. The 466th anniversary, in case you were wondering.
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