In an astonishing development, Prevent officials linked Jacob Rees-Mogg to extremists, the Mail on Sunday reports.
Mr. Rees-Mogg would certainly be the most polite terrorist we’ve ever seen, presumably dropping a pithy one-liner after despatching his victims, perhaps something like “sic transit gloria mundi“. You simply don’t see enough gentleman terrorists these days.
One has to laugh at the absurdity, but of course it is also incredibly disturbing. According to the Mail on Sunday:
The inquiry, by former Charity Commission boss William Shawcross, last week disclosed how Prevent officials had claimed that a leading Conservative politician was associated with “far-Right sympathetic audiences”.
Mr. Shawcross declined to name the individual but Prevent sources last night confirmed to the MoS that it was Mr Rees-Mogg, the former Business Secretary and leader of the House of Commons.
A stunned Mr. Rees-Mogg described our revelation as “dangerously serious” and said he believed he had been flagged because of his role as a leading Brexiteer.
“Wasting effort on elected politicians scandalously diverted resources from evil-doers,” he said.
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