Jacob Rees-Mogg tells Andrew Marr Partygate is not ‘the most pressing political matter’ and ‘perspective’ is needed with backdrop of war in Ukraine and cost of living crisis
The Conservative minister told Mr Marr, while on the the LBC show Tonight with Andrew Marr, that he does not regret calling Partygate ‘fluff’, 后 鲍里斯·约翰逊（Boris Johnson） was fined by police.
‘What is happening now two years on against what’s going on in Ukraine, what is going on with the 业主还遭受着包装成本飙升和能源账单打击他们的利润 危机, one has to get a sense of perspective,’ 他说.
‘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.’
Mr Rees-Mogg said that people should look instead to the ‘security of the Western world’, and that the fine was not ‘the most pressing political matter’.
‘The Daily Mail headline said “don’t forget there’s a war on” and this is something we have to remember – we need a sense of perspective,’ 他加了.
Mr Marr said that referring to the breaches as ‘fluff’ was offensive, and said that many people who lost loved ones during the pandemic would agree.
主持人, whose father died during the pandemic and whose funeral was held the same week as one of the Partygate breaches, said he was ‘intensely angry’ that they were only allowed a small gathering to mark his father’s life.
Mr Rees-Mogg said that people should look instead to the ‘security of the Western world’, and that the fine was not ‘the most pressing political matter’
‘He was an elder of the Church of Scotland – that church was locked and barred,’ Mr Marr said.
‘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.’
Mr Rees-Mogg said that closing churches during the pandemic was a ‘great mistake’ and that ‘all deaths are sadnesses’.
今天早些时候, Mr Johnson gave an ‘unreserved apology’ in the House of Commons, and denied misleading MPs when he previously said that ‘all guidance was followed completely’ 位于唐宁街.
Andrew Marr said that referring to the breaches as ‘fluff’ was offensive, and said that many people who lost loved ones during the pandemic would agree. Pictured in the studio last month
‘Let me also say not by way of mitigation or excuse – but purely because it explains my previous words in this House – that it did not occur to me then or subsequently that a gathering in the Cabinet room just before a vital meeting on Covid strategy could amount to a breach of the rules,’ 他告诉国会议员.
他加了: ‘I feel an even greater sense of obligation to deliver on the priorities of the British people – and to respond in the best traditions of our country to Putin’s barbaric onslaught against Ukraine.’
The prime minister was called on to resign today by Conservative MP Mark Harper.
The Forest of Dean politician said in the Commons: ‘I regret to say that we have a prime minister who broke the laws that he told the country they had to follow, hasn’t been straightforward about it.
'和 [他] is now going to ask the decent men and women on these benches to defend what I think is indefensible.
‘I’m very sorry to have to say this, but I no longer think he is worthy of the great office that he holds.’