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Jacob Rees-Mogg isn’t a harmless “eccentric”—his views could do real harm

These men are treated as harmless, funny outliers. But their views are real—and stand to do real harm

By Sian Norris  

Jacob Rees-Mogg has stated that he opposes gay marriage, and abortion in all circumstances. Photo: PA

It started with Boris.

There he was on Have I Got News For You with his funny hair, bumbling along to gentle jokes from Hislop and Merton. As the nation giggled at one of our more eccentric Old Etonian politicians, the things we sort of always knew about him faded from memory.

What were those things? His callous attitude towards women. His comments about piccaninnies with their watermelon smiles—a comment worthy of that other…

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