And: why it’s reasonable that 12 out of 13 sacked Ministers are men. Plus: now that he’s fathered six children, “that’s probably it”.
The Moggcast: “It is odd that if you’ve got Alzheimer’s it’s not paid for, but if you’ve got cancer it is paid for”.
The Leader of the House hankers after a social care policy solution that would roll it into the NHS.
The Leader of the House on why he won’t usually wear a face covering after July 19th.
The Moggcast: “I think one of the Prime Minister’s many attractive qualities is loyalty to people who work for him”
Rees-Mogg also suggests that it may have been required for Hancock’s relationship with Gina Coladangelo to be declared.
The Moggcast: Taking a knee “has become problematic”. And “I don’t think there’s evidence” that fans who boo are racist.
Rees-Mogg says that Oxford’s protesting dons “may be rather second rate” and on Covid that “you can’t run society just to stop the hospitals being full”.
The Moggcast: “It was essential that democracy was viewed as important to the running of the country as having the NHS working.”
The Leader of the House on how the House of Commons has scrutinised the Government during the pandemic.
The Moggcast: Greensill. “I’m still surprised the Government thought it would be cheaper to use the private sector.”
The Leader of the House on Cameron, Heywood, the civil service, lobbying and (briefly) on a football superleague.
The Moggcast: If we applied ECHR standards to countries we trade with, “we might not be able to trade with ourselves”.
Rees-Mogg on his row with the Huffington Post, why the hybrid Commons should end – and how the quality of speeches “has been reduced”.
The Moggcast: The Leader of the House suggests that Britain has “a selfish interest in Northern Ireland”
Of the Ophrah Winfrey interview, he says that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s title “is there, and it would require legislation to take it away”.
The Moggcast: “If you want to pick a figure, you would choose Keynes.” The Leader of the House as next week’s Budget looms
And: he confirms that there will be a vote on the roadmap. Plus: on nightclub openings: “it may make more difference to your life than mine.”
Our interviewee once spent an hour at a meeting “discussing whether it was to be the committee or the provisional committee”.
He’s doing a “fantastic job”; timetables for ending lockdown are “not particularly realistic”; claims that Johnson relishes it are “ridiculous”.
Our subject on how much time a Bill would be given now, how much time it might get – and whether it could be effected retrospectively.
The Moggcast: Coming out of “an extraordinarily deep slump” is “not the time when you want to slap the economy down with higher taxes”
Plus: Our interviewee suggests that if a Brexit deal doesn’t come soon, MPs may have to sit on Christmas Day. Is he any good at singing?
Our interviewee on the “disgraceful” treatment of Symonds and Johnson’s longstanding Euroscepticism.