What to make of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s slump across three seats in the House of Commons earlier this week? Fun fodder for online memes? My favourite put the MP for North East Somerset in an IKEA advert sitting on a sofa on sale for £1066 badged up as a MÖGG. Or a sinister symbol of entitled elite that is out of control?
In truth, I felt a pang of sympathy. I don’t share Jacob Rees-Mogg’s politics and I’m no fan of his foppish dress sense. If you’re going to dress in a self-consciously old-fashioned way, why not go the whole hog and make it Regency-era or late medieval?