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I am surprised to see so many bad reviews below The work is certainly not worth 1 star only I have a feeling some people are judging the Rees Mogg the politician rather than Rees Mogg the authorThis was a fairly uick read 3 days at most If you accept that the book s purpose is for Jacob Rees Mogg to tell us who from the Victorian period he admires and the reason why he admires them then that s OK it is useful for telling us about Rees Mogg than the actual Victorians I d Thay may have made Britain great but a private ducation didn t do the Same For Jacob Unfortunately Outdated And Offering Nothing New Read for Jacob unfortunately outdated and offering nothing new Read xpecting it to be uite terrible I will admit I assumed it would be an xcruciatingly boring read however I was pleasantly surprised this book has turned an incredibly boring subject into something I was able to read for several hours straight at a time Definitely better than Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice expectations Note I ve shelved this as Probably Will Not Read hence no rating My comments are based on reading a lot ofxcerpts plus numerous newspaper reviews and commentary on the book and the author Who Were the most Significant VictoriansLists can be fun and frustrating favourite novels top ten bands most loved holiday destination first choice food My own opinions change with time and context uite apart from how my choices differ from those of family friends and nemeses So choosing a dozen Victorians who forged Britain was always going to generate debate Were I compiling a list I d have two main criteria Influencers from

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variety of fields as science medicine En plein coeur engineering the arts politicsxploration business and philanthropy Lasting influence rather than who was famous at the time That would probably increase the number of women selectedRees Mogg The Bookshop on the Shore evidently had very different criteria 11 of the 12 titans he profiles are men The only woman is ueen Victoria Her husband one of the 11 men gets all the credit for reinventing the monarchy and Rees Mogg says she became no less of a woman when she learned to rely upon Albert as a partner and to trust him Ugh 4 of the 12 were Prime Ministers That s 40% of all the Victorian PMs and 33% of people in the book The only person not connected with government is cricketer WG Grace That s because cricket at its best captures the soul of the nation Fair playtiuette and gentlemanly behaviour OK he wanted just political titans That wouldn t be my choice but fair Dance Real Slow enough he s a politician and it s his book Nevertheless how could he not include anyarly campaigners for women s suffrage or other social refo. They made Britain Great Now it's our turn Many associate the Victorian ra with austere social attitudes and filthy factories But in this bold and provocative book Jacob Rees Mogg leading Tory MP and prominent Brexiteer takes up the story of twelve key figures to paint a very different picture of. E against reinstating the death penaltyHe has six young children but thinks it charming to be proud of never having changed a nappy in part because nanny wouldn t trust him to get it right the same nanny who raised him now raises his own brood Similarly in interviews he boasts of not being able to cook anything at all and never having washed or ironed
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own clothes But does sometimes drive his children when they need to go places So there s thatEmpathy s ShadowSchadenfreude is a deliciously nasty word But where Rees Mogg s sales figures are concerned it s merely delicious and arguably closer to karmaIn the week this was published only only 734 copies were sold whereas Ron Geesin s four year old very niche book Adjustable Spanners History Uses and Developments since 1970 apparently outsold it Given the amusingly xecrable reviews for Rees Mogg in the broadsheet press that s probably fair The publisher WH Allen an imprint of Penguin and Waterstones a chain of booksellers were reduced to uotes about the man rather than his book including One of the most important politicians in the country The Economist True unfortunately The best dressed man in the House of Commons The Spectator The bookie s favourite to replace the PM The SunProfessional reviewers have been less kind and amusing Consists of a dozen clumsily written pompous schoolboy compositions What a staggeringly silly book this is AN Wilson A sentimental vision of the past as the author wishes silly book this is AN Wilson A sentimental vision of the past as the author wishes had been half remembered anecdotes from a Boy s Own story or perhaps tales told by his nanny Kim Wagner senior lecturer at ueen Mary University Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer ignorance and analytical incompetence on display here Parts of it read as a sort of self help book on how to be a good Victorian which is to say The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life essentially white and male Kim Wagner again Plodding laborious humourless and barely readable Richard J Evans in The New Statesman So bad so boring so mind bogglingly banal that if it had been written by anybodylse it would never have been published Dominic Sandbrook in The Sunday Times Before I started the prospect of Rees Mogg in Downing Street struck me as a ridiculous idea But if this is what it takes to stop him writing another book then I think we should seriously consider paying that price Dominic Sandbrook againGR Ratings two weeks after publication are interesting though not surprising not a single 3 rating but lots of 1 and 5 from an admittedly small number of reviews Politics is tribal and that s part of the reason our nation is so divided. Preeminent global force As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of ueen Victoria's birth and as Britain prepares to liberate herself from the European Union it is ssential that we remember the spirit drive and values of the Victorians who forged modern Britain as we consider our future as a nation.

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RmsImage Mrs Fry reading to the prisoners in Newgate Prison Source WikipediaSticking to the political sphere so not considering Florence Nightingale Elizabeth Garrett Anderson the Bronte sisters Christina Rossetti and many others I suggest four women for consideration and unlike Rees Mogg history wasn t what I studied at university Elizabeth Fry a uaker prison reformer Millicent Garrett Fawcett an arly pioneer of women s suffrage Josephine Butler who campaigned against child prostitution and human trafficking Annie Besant human rights campaigner specially but not xclusively women s rightsImage Statue Of Millicent Fawcett of Millicent Fawcett Parliament Suare taken at the Stop Trump protests 13 July 2018Who is Jacob Rees Mogg He s a member of Parliament who went the traditional Conservative route Eton Oxford hedge fund Parliament I think he may be projecting with his description of Sir Robert Peel as a self made man a few paragraphs before adding that he was born into a world of considerable wealth Rees Mogg admires the moral certainty of success of the Victorian age compared with society these days has so little faith in anything an age of cynicism and decline and moral relativism where all we can do is manage decline Hence his passion for a hard BrexitHe revels in an antiuated persona lifestyle philosophy and accent that are PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition encapsulated by his nickname the DisHonourable Member for the 18th or 19th century He s well to the right of Boris but both wear the guise of an amusing but pompousccentric which conveniently distracts from their actual policies and is used to Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography excuse controversial behaviour and statements Rees Mogg is a wolf in Victorian aristocrat s clothing and Boris a wolf in a clown costume Both are serious contenders to be Prime Minister Such is the state of Brexitra politics in the UKImage Cover of Private Eye magazine 9 February 2018 showing Rees Mogg in topper and tails saying We must throw off the shackles of the EU Rees Mogg in topper and tails saying We must throw off the shackles of the EU trade freely again with Persia Mesopotamia and Cathay SourceSuzanne Moore in a 2017 Guardian article compared Rees Mogg to Boris Johnson Nigel Farage and Donald Trump suggesting that like them he The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, embodies the three things that many people reuire of modern politicians a veneer of authenticity an ability to cut through perceived liberal wisdom andnormous privilege that is flaunted rather than hidden She also thinks he uses his Roman Catholicism to xcuse his appalling bigotry he is strongly against marriage uality and would like to deny abortion ven after rape though to his credit he s consistent nough to The age one of bright ambition bold self belief and determined industriousness Whether through Peels commitment to building free trade Palmerston's deft diplomacy in international affairs or Brunel's incredible The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl engineering feats the Victorians transformed the nation andstablished Britain as The Victorians