There was a fair degree of surprise in Britain when it was announced that the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson had chosen the fanatical Brexiteer politician Jacob Rees-Mogg to become the Leader of the House of Commons, the senior Cabinet member who manages the government’s legislative work in the parliament, and the Lord President of the Council, the quasi-medieval office that presents legislation to the reigning monarch for their approval. However, in hindsight, the closely related roles with their accumulated layers of historical prestige are well suited to the Victorian pretensions of the Conservative Party MP and his fantastical belief that London, freed of the tyranny of the European Union, will be transformed into the central node of a global trading network; a mercantile and free market “Empire 2.0” crafted and guided by the British. Which perhaps explains this truly bizarre report from ITN News and other media outlets across the Irish Sea.
The new Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg has instructed all staff in his new office to use imperial measurements and refer to ‘non-titled males’ as ‘esquire’.
Issuing a style guide in the first week of his job, he also bans colleagues from using various words in correspondence with other MPs and the public.