Anger as Jacob Rees-Mogg says ‘get perspective’ after Andrew Marr talks about father’s death in lockdown 2 months ago

Anger as Jacob Rees-Mogg says ‘get perspective’ after Andrew Marr talks about father’s death in lockdown

This comes a day after Johnson was slammed for his so-called apology

Jacob Rees-Mogg has insisted that people need to "get perspective" after Andrew Marr shared the heartbreaking tale of his father passing at the same time as the infamous Tory parties.

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On LBC's Tonight on Tuesday, mere hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed his fixed penalty notice, the 62-year-old broadcasting veteran said: “I buried my father on the week that one of those parties took place and it was a party."

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He continued: “He was an elder of the Church of Scotland – that church was locked and barred. We had a small gathering, most of the family weren’t there. The other parishioners he would have loved to be there weren’t allowed to be there because we followed the rules.

“And I felt intensely angry about that – and I do not regard this as fluff.”

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Brexit Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg ignored Marr's new point, instead agreeing that closing churches was a "great mistake."

“What is happening now two years on against what’s going on in Ukraine, what is going on with the cost of living crisis, one has to get a sense of perspective," he added. “What is going on in Ukraine is fundamental to the security of the Western world. And you are comparing this to a fine issued for something that happened two years ago.”

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Marr responded: “I’m really sorry but thinking about what happened to my family, and I only use that because it happened to so many others up and down the country ... we find, I would say, that word fluff quite offensive.”

Reacting to the inflammatory statements, one Twitter user wrote: "No sympathy. No empathy. No compassion."

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"All the empathy of a block of concrete," another echoed.

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