Relentless contrarian, anti-choicer (even in the cases of incest and rape) and anti-gay marriage advocate, Jacob Rees-Mogg, believes that the rise of food banks are a sign of Britain’s charitable nature. Yes, really.
Speaking in an interview with LBC Radio’s Nick Ferrari this morning, the Conservative MP referred to the increase in the use of food banks as “rather uplifting”, because the “charitable support given by people voluntarily to support their fellow citizens [...] shows what a good compassionate country we are.”
His comments come months after the release of a report from the UK’s biggest network of food banks, the Trussell Trust, which said that the provision of 1,182,954 emergency food supplies last year marked the highest level recorded.
Rees-Mogg has been known to betray his lack of compassion for those who have to rely on welfare in the past
Rees-Mogg also went on to blame increasing reliance on food banks on the fact that people were unaware of the existence of food banks in previous years. “The real reason for the rise in numbers is because people know they are there and Labour refused to tell them,” he said.
Tory leader favourite and notoriously wealthy politician, Rees-Mogg has been known to betray his lack of compassion for those who have to rely on welfare (he has consistently voted against raising welfare benefits) in the past.
As we’ve pointed out recently, as unsurprising as Rees-Mogg’s dearth of empathy and seeming dedication to appearing as far removed from reality as possible is, it’s high time we acknowledge the seriousness of potential political party leaders issuing ignorant comments like these.