Jacob Rees-Mogg issues brilliant assessment of SNP MSP’s apology for ‘rot in hell’ jibe
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James Dornan lashed out in response to Mr Rees-Mogg’s comments about the Nationality and Borders Bill, which will make it harder for people entering the UK illegally to remain here.
Specifically, Mr Rees-Mogg tweeted: “The bands of blighters bringing illegal entrants to Blighty will be broken up by this brilliant borders bill.”
Referencing Mr Rees-Mogg’s Catholicism, a reply sent for the account of Mr Dornan, MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, said: “Hope you remember this the next time you go to confession.
“You and your cronies are already responsible for the deaths of thousands and you’re now happy to see the most desperate people in the world suffer and drown.
“If your god exists you will undoubtedly rot in hell.”
During the latest episode of his Moggcast podcast on the Conservative Home website, Mark Pritchard – MP for The Wrekin in Shropshire – was asked whether Mr Dornan should face any kind of punitive action.
Mr Mogg, the former chairman of the European Research Group (ERG) replied with dignity, though.
He said: “I’m afraid I disagree with that.“I’ve had a very nice apology from the SNP for it, which was most gracious, that it was made.
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“But I think this SNP MSP is entitled to discuss the likely prospects of my mortal soul.
“It’s quite interesting that you’re getting the discussion of hell in public life.
“I think that is theologically interesting concept and I’m glad he takes such an orthodox, Catholic view of the reality of that and that is encouraging.
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“But of course he’s entitled to say that, that’s perfectly fair.
“I’m a public figure, I have gone into this business, nobody forced me to become a Member of Parliament, I did it of my own volition, and people are free to say things about the prospects of my soul are they not? I think that’s completely reasonable.”
Mr Dornan’s Twitter account is now protected, meaning only people who are following him are able to see his posts.
His comments triggered an angry response, with Scottish Conservative chief whip Stephen Kerr MSP among those demanding he say sorry.
Mr Kerr said: “These comments from James Dornan were poisonous and beyond the pale.
“He is well known for his outbursts on Twitter but this vitriol simply has no place in respectful political debate.
“This gaffe-prone MSP has once again shown his nasty side and shamefully brought religion into his anger at a fellow elected representative.”
He added: “It is clear that he wasn’t interested in adhering to the MSPs’ Code of Conduct when posting this reply, which is why this post has now been reported to the Standards Commissioner.
“James Dornan must urgently apologise for this wholly unacceptable and abusive behaviour immediately.”
At the time an SNP spokesman said: “The Scottish Tories’ desperation to pass judgment on a tweet while utterly failing to condemn the immigration regime of their bosses in the Westminster government speaks volumes.
“While some people appear determined to be offended regardless of what SNP politicians say, there are fewer things more offensive than a policy which threatens to jail desperate refugees for the crime of trying to save their own lives – and the lives of their infant children – and it is essential such callous policies are called out.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Mr Dornan to offer him a chance to respond to Mr Rees-Mogg’s remarks, as well as the SNP to see if they wanted to add anything to their previous statement.
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