Watch: David Dimbleby's mockery of Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg for being posh backfires

The Question Time presenter's son was at Eton too.

NS

Sign Up

Get the New Statesman's Morning Call email.

Never let it be said that British politics is a haven of privileged white middle-aged men slapping each other's backs. For BBC's Question Time last night proved that sometimes they can undermine each other too. Especially regarding said privilege.

Here's Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg firing back at an embarrassed David Dimbleby when mocked by the presenter for being Eton-educated:

"This may not please everybody," Rees-Mogg began to tell the audience, discussing Heathrow expansion. "I used to live not a million miles from Slough with the aeroplanes going over, and I must confess they didn’t prove too bothersome then."

"Eton, was that?" Dimbleby quipped, to much laughter and applause from the audience.

"That’s absolutely right," Rees-Mogg replied calmly. "I was at school with your son."

Dimbleby laughed a little too loudly and looked down at his desk embarrassed, a slap-down only worsened by another panellist Piers Morgan's delight. "That is brilliant," cried the tabloid terror, pointing at Dimbleby with glee. "That’s the best thing I’ve seen him take in a long time."

"Let’s get back to the important subject of Heathrow," Rees-Mogg smiled. "Rather than my and Henry Dimbleby’s education."

Eton alive.

 

I'm a mole, innit.