While other front-benchers and close advisers did their best – Prime Minister Boris Johnson came dressed as a dead man in a ditch, Rory Stewart turned up as a minor gangster, Priti Patel tried to pull off a white witch costume, Sajid Javid came dressed as a battered red dispatch box that was full of holes and Dominic Cummings came with hair.
As Rees-Mogg entered dressed up as himself, Larry the #10 cat screeched loudly and scuttled out of sight. As Andrea Leadsom danced in her knee-high boots and Burberry coat on the photos of all MPs whose whip had been withdrawn, Rees-Mogg sprawled on the sofa with his arms crossed. He shouted, shouted, “Happy Halloween” and “We’ll get Brexit done” from time to time.
Asked why he came as himself, Rees-Mogg said,
‘I’ve made no pretence to be a modern man at all, ever,’
in a scary tone.
Commenting about whether he’d consider Santa costume for Christmas at Chequers, Rees-Mogg said he’d want to come to the party, but,
‘Not everyone will always agree with me,’
referring to the electorate.