Rees-Mogg gets taste of own medicine as MPs forced to use passes to vote.
The data revolution may be galvanising commercial landlords everywhere as they seek more and better information on getting people back to the office, but one Jacob Rees-Mogg is not taking any such ‘big brother’ moves in Whitehall lying down.
It seems that the oft-recumbent Tory MP and Brexit opportunities minister – happy enough to leave notes admonishing civil servants for being away from their desks – is not so relaxed about having his own movements tracked. He has taken to WhatsApp to complain about a new House of Commons procedure requiring MPs to swipe their security passes when voting on legislation.
A leaked message from Rees-Mogg on the Tory group chat read: “I do not know why the Commons desires to track our movements in this way. It keeps a record of every occasion a pass is used and where.”
The sight of JRM apparently gagging on a taste of his own medicine garnered wry chuckles – and even accusations of hypocrisy (surely not) from the Twittersphere.
Perhaps the self-appointed back-to-work champion is afraid the authorities will conclude MPs no longer require a swanky SW1 address and can make do with a hotdesk in Slough in future?