Sprawled Jacob Rees-Mogg provokes backlash and memes

Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg leaves after a cabinet meeting at Downing Street on September 4, 2019 in London, England. Last night the Rebel Alliance, including 21...

Jacob Rees-Mogg is the Leader of the House of Commons.

Jacob Rees-Mogg has been widely criticised for his body language in the House of Commons yesterday. During a three-hour Brexit debate in the Commons, the Leader of the House was captured sprawled out across the Conservative front-benches.

It was a momentous day in Parliament as 21 Conservative MPs backed a motion to effectively prevent a no-deal Brexit. Mr Rees-Mogg, who was on the government's side, looked uninterested as he slouched back on the bench.

This prompted a backlash from MPs and spectators alike. Mr Rees-Mogg was told to "sit up" by opposition MPs during the debate with others directly condemning his body language. 

Caroline Lucas

WHITEHALL, LONDON, GREATER LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019

Former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas was one of the MPs who directed a comment towards Mr Rees-Mogg with reference to his body position. The MP for Brighton Pavilion called Mr Rees-Mogg's "contemptuous".

She said: "The Leader of the House, who I have to say, with his body language throughout this evening has been so contemptuous of this House and of the people. And for the benefit of Hansard, the Leader of the House has been spread across around three seats, lying out as if that was something very boring for him to listen to tonight."

 

Tom Brake

Liberal Democrat spokesperson Tom Brake (L) leaves the Cabinet Office on January 17, 2019 in London, England. After defeating a vote of no confidence in her government, Theresa May called...

Liberal Democrat MP followed on from Ms Lucas' rant at Mr Rees-Mogg. In a tongue-in-cheek introduction to his point, Mr Brake offered Mr Rees-Mogg a pillow as he lay down.

He said: "Just following on the comments from [Caroline Lucas], I'm sure it might be possible to provide the Leader of the House with a pillow to make him more comfortable as he seems to be struggling during this debate."

 

Memes

Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg leaves after a cabinet meeting at Downing Street on September 4, 2019 in London, England. Last night the Rebel Alliance, including 21...

There has been a social media storm surrounding Mr Rees-Mogg's actions. There have been memes, jokes, adverts and mock videos discussing Mr Rees-Mogg lying down.

Poundland waded in with an advert for (ironically) £5 bedding.

 

Italian football club Roma produced a meme of Mr Rees-Mogg lying down while midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo scored a goal. This might be lost on some of their Italian followers, though.

Twitter user Sam White put the sprawled image of Mr Rees-Mogg into the famous 'The Death of Nelson' picture.

And finally, here are four memes compiled by Twitter user Luke Johnston.

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