Jacob Rees-Mogg mocks plight of British fisherman with joke about 'happier' fish
Just once, it would be nice to see Rees-Mogg attempt to hide his disdain for regular people
Jacob Rees-Mogg has angered, well, everyone with his latest comments in the House of Commons, where he appeared to mock the plight of British fisherman struggling in the wake of Brexit.
Much has been made of the struggles facing the fishing industry since Britain left the EU. A host of firms, in Scotland and the rest of Britain, that export fish to Europe have spoken out on how red tape has almost completely halted their ability to export since a post-Brexit deal was agreed.
For some companies, this has meant a drop in prices of as much as 80 percent, while other companies have been left with tens of thousands of pounds worth of fish stuck on lorries unable to enter Europe.
Under new rules, every box of seafood requires a health certificate before it can enter Europe. This means unloading and checking each and every box.
But for Rees-Mogg, a man so wealthy that he is insulated from any negative consequence of Brexit, all of this is appears to be a laughing matter, judging by his comments today.
Unsold fish are rotting on docks, seafood companies are hitting the wall, but Jacob Rees-Mogg says what matters is that fish are now ‘happier’ because they’re ‘British’ pic.twitter.com/NGjWT4mXag
— Toby Earle (@TobyonTV) January 14, 2021
"The key is we've got our fish back. They're now British fish and they're better and happier fish for it," he said, before chuckling and sitting back down.
His comment was noted by the Speaker of the House, who said: "Obviously there's overwhelming evidence for that" before everyone present had a good old laugh.
Rees-Mogg's callous comments, at a time when British people and businesses are struggling, have unsurprisingly been seized upon by those who view it as yet another example of the dismissive manner in which the Conservative party view many people in this country.
People are mocking Jacob Rees-Mogg for saying fish are happier because they’re British but it’s true.
We’re not catching them because we’ve got no one to sell them to. British fish are the happiest in the world by far. https://t.co/eu9mI5rFsa
— Tom Peck (@tompeck) January 14, 2021
Jacob Rees-Mogg and his dismissive banter about happy fish is an utter disgrace and tells fishermen that they were nothing but ‘useful idiots’ for this Vote Leave government and its ideological Brexit agenda
— Gladstone (@shane_gladstone) January 14, 2021
As seafood rots and can’t be sold on the continent @Jacob_Rees_Mogg has a message for those in the industry: fear not those rotting, putrescent fish are happy - they are british! 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/GGtcNB2Qrb
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) January 14, 2021