Oh dear. Andrew Bridgen is a friend of Jacob Rees-Mogg, but it’s unlikely the Tory MP will be thanking his colleague for his latest intervention.
Bridgen attempted to defend his chum on BBC’s PM programme just now following a furious reaction to Rees-Mogg’s comments about the Grenfell fire tragedy.
Bridgen said that Rees-Mogg’s remarks were ‘uncharacteristically clumsy’. He was then asked:
Evan Davis: ‘Do you think he meant to say that he thought he would not have stayed put?’
Andrew Bridgen: ‘That’s what he meant to say. That’s what he meant to say.’
ED: ‘But in a way that is exactly what people object to, because he is, in effect, saying: I wouldn’t have died because I would have been cleverer than the people who took the fire brigade’s advice.’
AB: (pause) ‘But we want very clever people running the country, don’t we, Evan? That’s a by-product of what Jacob is.’
With friends like these, who needs enemies?