As Rees-Mogg rips into Scottish lockdown laws, Sturgeon is compared to Emperor Hirohito.
Jacob Rees-Mogg mocked NICOLA STURGEON over Scotland’s “perpetual lockdown” and compared her to Emperor Hirohito.
The First Minister has reimposed restrictions in Scotland in response to the Omicron variant of Covid, with Scottish Parliament meetings taking place virtually since December.
Now, when asked if Westminster will start meeting virtually, Jacob Rees-Mogg has skewered Ms Sturgeon.
Mr Rees-Mogg fired back at Pete Wishart in a heated exchange over the First Minister’s demands for virtual sittings in the House of Commons.
Mr Wishart had urged Mr Rees-Mogg to support a return to virtual Commons meetings, estimating that Covid would isolate 50 of Westminster’s 650 MPs.
“He could resolve this with one simple measure – turn it back on, bring back the hybrid parliament and proxy voting for the sake of democracy,” said the SNP’s Perth and North Perthshire MP.
“For the sake of keeping everyone in this estate safe and secure, turn it back on.”
Mr Rees-Mogg declined the appeal, saying he was sorry Mr Wishart preferred “sitting at home” instead of doing his job in the Commons.
“The SNP have decided to take a very different route,” the Commons leader said of the First Minister’s approach to Covid restrictions in Holyrood.
They don’t believe in allowing people to make their own choices.
“They believe in constant, perpetual lockdown, which, as far as I can tell, the SNP’s leader has admitted did not go as planned.”
“Which sounds eerily similar to the Emperor of Japan’s remarks at the end of the last war, that what they’ve done in Scotland hasn’t been a success.”
“What we’ve done in the rest of the UK, in England, has worked better because we’ve trusted people.”
People should be trusted, and we should keep trusting them.”
Emperor Hirohito spoke to Japan for the first time on August 15, 1945, and announced Japan’s surrender in World War 2.
The Japanese leader admitted in his first radio broadcast that the US “has begun to employ a most cruel bomb, the power of which to do damage is truly incalculable, taking the lives of many innocent people.”
“The Japanese race will be destroyed if the war continues,” Hirohito admitted during the broadcast.
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