He says it was improper to by-pass Davis’ White Paper version. He doesn’t support Tommy Robinson. And he apologises for confusing Pope Urban IV with Pope Urban VI.
LISTEN: Davis – “My fear is that they’ll take what we’ve offered already and then demand some more. I fear that this is just the start.”
He explains that as Brexit Secretary he couldn’t take responsibility for advancing a new policy in which he didn’t believe.
“We will have the choice. We’ll have our own seat at the World Trade Organisation, our own voice there.
The Moggcast. “If it’s a bad deal, or it doesn’t meet the manifesto commitments, people won’t vote for it”
Rees-Mogg on Cabinet indiscipline, how May could survive Brexit defeat, and why he is “very unlikely” to be the next Prime Minister. And: is the World Cup coming home?
The Moggcast. “There clearly is a Brexit dividend” but “the IFS and the Bank of England carry on with Project Fear”
Rees-Mogg argues “the upskirting ban should have been a Government Bill” from the outset, not left to backbenchers. Plus: is he watching the World Cup?
The Moggcast. “We’ve got to build a lot of houses”, including on “poor quality scrub land” in the Green Belt.
The Government should mull the Heathrow Hub proposal. Plus: Nanny is yet to see her own appearance on Tracey Ullman’s show.
The Moggcast. “We’re getting to the point where you wonder whether the Government really wants to leave at all.”
He fears that while “the Government’s words remain robust, its deeds become weak”. Plus: the Rees-Mogg family spent the Royal wedding playing “sermon cricket”.
“It comes along and then it goes dormant, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”
LISTEN: Wallace – Bercow’s refusal to step aside while bullying allegations are investigated risks harming Parliament
In response, Lord Hain dismisses the alleged incidents as “an office row”, and suggests the scandal is motivated by political disagreement.
Rees-Mogg argues the ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy was a product of Home Office failure. And: why “the transition deal is a bad deal” and a mistake.
Our assistant editor talks to the New Statesman’s Jonn Elledge about why the new legislatures have not defeated nationalism, improved governance, or stabilised the constitution.
“Our Shepherd is departed, the fount of living water,/At whose passing the sun was darkened…Today the gates of death and their bars as well our Saviour has destroyed.”
“There was darkness over the earth…and about the ninth hour Jesus cried aloud: ‘My God why hast thou forsaken me?’ ”
“Where charity and love are, there God is. Love of Christ has gathered us into one. Let us rejoice in Him and be glad.”
The Moggcast. On Catholicism. “I’ve never had any doubts. I know that’s an unusual thing to say…I try to say the Rosary every day.”
Easter approaches. And here is Rees-Mogg on suffering, abortion, the Tridentine Mass, faith and politics…and why Brexiteer MPs won’t roll over on a final EU deal.