Jacob Rees-Mogg issues list of 'banned words for staff'

Jacob Rees-Mogg is the new leader of the Commons

Friday, July 26, 2019

The new leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has reportedly demanded a return to imperial measurements in a new set of rules for his staff.

Mr Rees-Mogg was given the role of House leader by Boris Johnson on Wednesday, and wasted little time in putting his stamp on the position.

According to a style guide issued to staff, he has insisted all non-titled males are given the suffix “Esq” and measurements must return to the imperial system.

Other grammar specifics included a double space after a full stop and no commas after the word “and”.

The list of banned words included “very”, “ongoing”, “hopefully”, “speculate,” “meet with” and “I understand your concerns”.

The phrase “no longer fit for purpose” has been deemed no longer fit for purpose.

The Commons leader’s office has not yet commented on the document.

Earlier today Mr Rees-Mogg told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley Brewer there was no certainty of an October 31 Brexit.

“It is the law that we leave and the only means of stopping that without a change of the law or a vote of confidence, is if the Prime Minister himself decides to change the date,” he said.

“Can I guarantee that there won't be a vote of confidence? No, of course I can't. Nobody can ever do that, but it seems highly unlikely.”

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