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Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Maiden Parliamentary Speech

December 15, 2019


yeah Jacob Rees-Mogg Mr. Deputy Speaker
thank you very much it’s a great pleasure to follow on in this debate
from my honourable friend from where West Suffolk who made a fantastic maiden
speech and we all now know to be very careful where we blow our nose in his
constituency it’s a great honor to be elected for North East Somerset from my
family it’s a great honor my father or my noble kinsman Lord Rees-Mogg as I’m now
meant to call him told me that between him myself and my sister we had tried
seven times with one victory I fear if we were a football team people would be
calling for the manager should be removed but it is also an enormous honor
to be elected for North East Somerset which is where I was brought up and
where my family have lived for generations and as everybody knows
Somerset is God’s own county and North East Somerset is God’s own part of God’s
county I’ve inherit the seat from two very distinguished gentlemen from the
Honourable member my honourable friend from Bath who I’m very glad is now my
honourable friend because I discovered when canvassing but a lot of people
unaware of boundary changes were still intending to vote for him when they
discovered they could no longer do so they turned out to be lifelong
conservatives so I welcome him to the peer light coalition that we now have
the main part of the constituency was the old one strike seat inherited
from Mr Dan Norris a most distinguished member of the Labour benches and a
parliamentary private sector a private section parliamentary private secretary
to the right honourable member for South Shields and he’s probably sorely missed
at the moment during a leadership election he was the model of an
assiduous constituency MP worked tirelessly as an Avon county
councillor and as a member of parliament and I indeed have large shoes to fill
but turning to North East Somerset as I said God’s own part of God’s own county
it has a great place in Bryn history I’m not going to go back at any
great lengths to Bladud who in 683BC founded bath having gone from North East
Somerset and found some pigs who had a skin disease and they washed in the
waters of Bath and Bladud father of King Lear founded bath from North East
Somerset he’s a rather a peripheral figure but Alfred the Great is more
substantial Alfred the Great you must remember in 678AD
was just really having Somerset left the Danes were all around they had begun to
take over all of Wessex and they had much of the rest of England but Alfred
brought together the people of Somerset of Wiltshire and of parts of Hampshire
and they crossed over from the Somerset Levels through North East Somerset to
near Chippenham to Eddington and there they fought the great battle on which
our freedoms depend they put paid to Danish occupation and Alfred a great
lawgiver a man we should think about in this debate particularly because he
didn’t want to innovate laws he wanted to codify laws he wanted to tell people
what ancient rights they had and how they ought to have their liberties so he
was able to expel the Danes and his grandson became the first King of
England on borders we would recognise to this day moving a little bit later the
next great figure from North East Somerset is Alphege Archbishop of
Canterbury born in Weston a village bordering North East Somerset and Bath he
is really the first tax master he was called upon to pay the Danegeld and he
took £48,000 to the Dames then at Greenwich and handed it over and
they said Mr Alphege we would like some more and if you don’t give us more we’re
gonna hold on to you as a hostage and Alphege replied that I won’t give you
more I will not put higher taxes on my people I will not
have them suffer this imposition and so they threw ox bones at Alphege until he
died now I hope that people won’t find it necessary to throw ox bones at me but
I think as another representative from North East Somerset I will stand
constantly low taxation and the final figure I’m going to mention in this
great pantheon of wonderful figures from God’s own part of God’s own County is
John Locke brought up in Belluton and this really is an assault to the wig
condition that we now have the the philosopher of the wigs and in many ways
the founder of the Constitution that we now have and a constitution that has as
its essence that power comes from the people up to the legislature which is
there to supervise the executive you will all know that the argument at the
time was about the Divine Right of Kings and some way may now think we have
another form of divine right of the executive not made it clear that the
duty of the legislature was to check and to stop the executive exceeding the
powers the rights and the authority that it had from time immemorial we take
these three great Somerset men Alfred the Great the first euroskeptic he
got rid of the days and made England independent Alphege the low tax martyr
and John Locke for the legislature for the people against the executive however
long I represent North East Somerset for I will take these three as my great
heroes and hope to model my political words on their thoughts Mr. Deputy
Speaker thank you very much. ♬ Mogg News/Archive Theme ♬

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