Speaking in Parliament, Rees-Mogg says
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland are equal, fundamental parts of the United Kingdom, without which there is no United Kingdom. Our great history, our great tradition, our success as a nation has been built on this union. How did we, as small country, as small island off the coast of the European continent, become one of the great empires in the world? Very often thanks to the work of people from Scotland…This is something celebrated on this side of the house. Something we glory in, as our great shared joined history, our history of kinship, of ties of blood, of ties of involvement in each other’s lives. Now, I would say in respose to his absolute point: People who hold office in the Conservative Party are honour-bound to support the Prime Minister.
In response to Rees-Mogg calling Ross ‘a lightweight’ and ‘not a big figure, Sturgeon says his comments reflected the contempt with which English Tories hold Scotland itself. Ross had called on Johnson to resign after he had eventually admitted to attending an outdoor party, months after rolling out emergency pandemic legislation to make such parties illegal. Sturgeon observed:-
These might be personal insults directed at the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, but actually they say something much deeper about the Westminster establishment’s utter contempt for Scotland. If they can’t even show basic respect for their own colleagues, what chance do the rest of us have? The fact is Westminster thinks Scotland doesn’t need to be listened to, can be ignored, and now we’re being told we have to thole a Prime Minister that his own colleagues think is not fit for office.
An added benefit of being independent is that we will no longer have to put up with being treated like something on the sole of Westminster’s shoe.
When told that all 31 Scottish MSPs have called for Boris Johnson to resign, Rees-Mogg calls Ross ‘a lightweight’ and cites Alister Jack as someone of more importance in the party.
The Secretary of State for Scotland, who is a big figure is very supportive of the Prime Minister. Douglas Ross has always been quite a lightweight figure.
A fan’s video of McGregor in New York catches the moment the fighter passes Rees-Mogg walking past with his children. The two fail to notice or recognise one another in the quick chance encounter.