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SYND 29 11 78 INTERVIEW WITH THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
SYND 29 11 78 INTERVIEW WITH THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES
Published: 2015/07/24
Channel: AP Archive
Jacob Rees Mogg pwns David Dimbleby over
Jacob Rees Mogg pwns David Dimbleby over 'Eton' jibe
Published: 2015/12/18
Channel: UKRants Vids
The best of Jacob ReesMogg
The best of Jacob ReesMogg
Published: 2014/09/02
Channel: RobbingHoodUK
Ali G Interview - Jacob Rees Mogg (16/2/1999)
Ali G Interview - Jacob Rees Mogg (16/2/1999)
Published: 2015/01/11
Channel: chromestar100
No Confidence Debate | Jacob Rees-Mogg | Opposition
No Confidence Debate | Jacob Rees-Mogg | Opposition
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: OxfordUnion
The EU is (was) a Threat to Democracy - Jacob Rees Mogg
The EU is (was) a Threat to Democracy - Jacob Rees Mogg
Published: 2016/06/25
Channel: Ian Gillies Bell
John Bercow does impressions of colleagues
John Bercow does impressions of colleagues
Published: 2013/08/25
Channel: News
Jacob Rees-Mogg on plebs
Jacob Rees-Mogg on plebs
Published: 2017/02/04
Channel: CommonSense Politics
Jacob Rees-Mogg on May vs Johnson - Have I Got News for You 2016: Episode 9 - BBC One
Jacob Rees-Mogg on May vs Johnson - Have I Got News for You 2016: Episode 9 - BBC One
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: BBC
Jacob Rees-Mogg bids PM
Jacob Rees-Mogg bids PM 'good fortune' in Brexit talks (29Mar17)
Published: 2017/03/29
Channel: BLIGHTY TV
Bill Cash MP - The BREXIT Article 50 Bill
Bill Cash MP - The BREXIT Article 50 Bill
Published: 2017/02/01
Channel: Patriotic Populist
Jacob Rees Mogg schools the idiotic Ken Clarke on Brexit
Jacob Rees Mogg schools the idiotic Ken Clarke on Brexit
Published: 2016/10/12
Channel: RobinHoodUKIP
World In Action - Mick Jagger - 1967 - Part Two of Two
World In Action - Mick Jagger - 1967 - Part Two of Two
Published: 2010/06/24
Channel: morrisonAV
new.New Festival 2016: From the Sovereign Individual to the Targeted Individual
new.New Festival 2016: From the Sovereign Individual to the Targeted Individual
Published: 2016/09/30
Channel: CODE_n
Jacob Rees Mogg on the Royal Family
Jacob Rees Mogg on the Royal Family
Published: 2011/07/15
Channel: LabourList
'Syria and Isis have no easy answers' | Owen Jones meets Jacob Rees-Mogg
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: Owen Jones
Jacob Rees-Mogg Proposes Somerset Time Zone
Jacob Rees-Mogg Proposes Somerset Time Zone
Published: 2012/01/21
Channel: HighTory
Jacob Rees-Mogg on Old Etonians
Jacob Rees-Mogg on Old Etonians
Published: 2015/11/08
Channel: Top Mogg
speaker vote
speaker vote
Published: 2015/03/28
Channel: StMarksGov&Politics
Jacob Rees Mogg MP savages Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England over Brexit figures
Jacob Rees Mogg MP savages Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England over Brexit figures
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: UKRants Vids
Jacob Rees-Mogg (and son) take the fight to Ukip in Rochester by-election
Jacob Rees-Mogg (and son) take the fight to Ukip in Rochester by-election
Published: 2014/11/06
Channel: The Telegraph
What would Jacob Rees-Mogg do? Have I Got News for You 2016: Episode 3
What would Jacob Rees-Mogg do? Have I Got News for You 2016: Episode 3
Published: 2016/10/31
Channel: BBC
Spitting Image - William Rees Mog
Spitting Image - William Rees Mog
Published: 2009/10/20
Channel: andrewscottuk
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP -Posh and Posher: Why Public School Boys Run Britain, Preview - BBC Two
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP -Posh and Posher: Why Public School Boys Run Britain, Preview - BBC Two
Published: 2011/01/24
Channel: BBC
Great Jacob Rees-Mogg Moments
Great Jacob Rees-Mogg Moments
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: OrionPrime
Jacob Rees-Mogg EU Debate Full Highlights
Jacob Rees-Mogg EU Debate Full Highlights
Published: 2016/05/11
Channel: Robert Mugabe
Jacob Rees-Mogg on Brexit
Jacob Rees-Mogg on Brexit
Published: 2016/02/23
Channel: smug tomato
Jacob-Rees Mogg shows Jess Phillips around his constituency
Jacob-Rees Mogg shows Jess Phillips around his constituency
Published: 2015/09/10
Channel: Channel 4 News
Nigel Farage talks about Jacob Rees-Mogg
Nigel Farage talks about Jacob Rees-Mogg
Published: 2014/09/12
Channel: RobbingHoodUK
Jacob Rees-Mogg filibustering Sustainable Livestock Bill
Jacob Rees-Mogg filibustering Sustainable Livestock Bill
Published: 2017/02/20
Channel: ankskag
Ali G Show - Lords
Ali G Show - Lords
Published: 2012/06/17
Channel: Haris Mustagrudić
A Bit of Fry and Laurie - Haircut
A Bit of Fry and Laurie - Haircut
Published: 2010/07/18
Channel: sunnydalegal
Upper Class British Accent Examples
Upper Class British Accent Examples
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: Jade Joddle
Meeting of The New Parliament - Jacob Rees-Mogg - Speech on the Speaker John Bercow
Meeting of The New Parliament - Jacob Rees-Mogg - Speech on the Speaker John Bercow
Published: 2015/05/19
Channel: L Odessa
Jacob-Rees Mogg in South Shields - painting the town blue?
Jacob-Rees Mogg in South Shields - painting the town blue?
Published: 2014/02/25
Channel: Channel 4 News
BREAKING: Prince Harry Just Got DEVASTATING News About His Father Days Before Anniversary Of
BREAKING: Prince Harry Just Got DEVASTATING News About His Father Days Before Anniversary Of
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: LATEST CONSPIRACY THEORIES NEWS
Jacob Rees-Mogg on Donald Trump
Jacob Rees-Mogg on Donald Trump
Published: 2016/10/02
Channel: Lord Grantham
Jacob Rees Mogg joins Instagram and uploads adorable snaps
Jacob Rees Mogg joins Instagram and uploads adorable snaps
Published: 2017/06/03
Channel: Breaking News Today
Jacob Rees Mogg MP Speaks on Brexit
Jacob Rees Mogg MP Speaks on Brexit
Published: 2016/06/14
Channel: Rustler Russ
Tory! Tory! Tory! Episode 1: "Outsiders"
Tory! Tory! Tory! Episode 1: "Outsiders"
Published: 2016/11/16
Channel: Jonathan Boyd Hunt
Labour MP gets annoyed at Jacob Rees-Mogg
Labour MP gets annoyed at Jacob Rees-Mogg's Speech
Published: 2015/11/08
Channel: Top Mogg
Jacob Rees Mogg wants M. Thatcher to be "deified" in House of Commons 21 February 2012
Jacob Rees Mogg wants M. Thatcher to be "deified" in House of Commons 21 February 2012
Published: 2012/12/27
Channel: Turkey For Democracy
Jacob Rees-Mogg interviews couple of Dundonians on route to getting their meth
Jacob Rees-Mogg interviews couple of Dundonians on route to getting their meth
Published: 2014/09/30
Channel: Ecktolove
Book Discussion: The Sovereign Individual
Book Discussion: The Sovereign Individual
Published: 2012/09/12
Channel: tvlpodcast
Eighties documentary 5of6
Eighties documentary 5of6
Published: 2009/02/27
Channel: rememberedhills
JACOB REES-MOGG speech on restoration of Dicey’s constitution 31I16
JACOB REES-MOGG speech on restoration of Dicey’s constitution 31I16
Published: 2017/02/07
Channel: HC Fischer-Leskov
Jacob Rees-Mogg - Floccinaucinihilipilification
Jacob Rees-Mogg - Floccinaucinihilipilification
Published: 2012/12/18
Channel: MightyDemocracy
Jacob Rees-Mogg clashes with Mark Carney over
Jacob Rees-Mogg clashes with Mark Carney over 'pro-EU comments'
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: RT UK
Reason Versus Revolution Keynote Speech by Lyndon LaRouche
Reason Versus Revolution Keynote Speech by Lyndon LaRouche
Published: 2014/01/09
Channel: OaklandLYM
Jacob Rees Mogg owns Jon snow
Jacob Rees Mogg owns Jon snow
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: Richard Saxe Coburg
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The Right Honourable
The Lord Rees-Mogg
Personal details
Born (1928-07-14)14 July 1928
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Died 29 December 2012(2012-12-29) (aged 84)
London, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Crossbencher
Conservative
Spouse(s) Gillian Morris
Children 5
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Occupation Journalist

William Rees-Mogg, Baron Rees-Mogg (14 July 1928 – 29 December 2012) was an English journalist and public servant. He served as editor of The Times (1967–81), chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain, and vice-chairman of the BBC.

Early life and education[edit]

William Rees-Mogg was born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England in 1928 to an English Protestant father, Edmund Fletcher Rees-Mogg, and an Irish-American Roman Catholic mother, Beatrice (née Warren).

He was educated at Clifton College Preparatory School in Bristol and Charterhouse School in Godalming, where he was head boy.[1]

Not yet eighteen, Rees-Mogg went up to Balliol College, Oxford as a Brackenbury Scholar to read history in January 1946 as a place had fallen temporarily vacant. By the end of the summer term he had been elected to the library committee (the junior committee) of the Oxford Union Society and was due to be an officer of the Oxford University Conservative Association under Miss Margaret Roberts, President for Michaelmas Term 1946.[2] However, after two terms he was forced to give up his place to a disabled ex-serviceman. In 1946-8, beginning with an exceptionally bitter winter, he did his National Service in the Royal Air Force education department, rising to the rank of sergeant (his poor eyesight ruled out pilot training, which would have made him a commissioned officer). His duties included attempting to teach illiterate recruits to read and write, and his reference from his commanding officer stated that he was competent to perform simple tasks under supervision.[2] He returned to Oxford to complete his degree,[3] and became President of the Oxford Union in Trinity (summer) term 1951.[2][4] He graduated that term with a Second.[2]

Career[edit]

Rees-Mogg began his career in journalism in London at The Financial Times in 1952 becoming chief leader writer in 1955 and, in addition, assistant editor in 1957.[5][6] During this period, he was Conservative candidate for the safe Labour seat of Chester-le-Street in a by-election on 27 September 1956, losing to the Labour candidate Norman Pentland by 21,287 votes,[7] as he did in the subsequent general election by a similar margin.

He moved to The Sunday Times in 1960, later becoming its Deputy Editor from 1964[6] where he wrote "A Captain’s Innings",[8] which many believe convinced Alec Douglas-Home to resign as Tory leader, making way for Edward Heath, in July 1965.[7]

Rees-Mogg was editor of The Times from 1967 to 1981. He criticised, in a 1967 editorial entitled "Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?",[8] the severity of the custodial sentence for Mick Jagger on a drugs offence.[9] With colleagues he attempted a buyout of Times Group Newspapers in 1981 in order to stop its sale by the Thomson Organisation to Rupert Murdoch, but was unsuccessful.[10] Murdoch replaced him as editor with Harold Evans. Rees-Mogg wrote a comment column for The Independent from its foundation in the autumn of 1986 until near the end of 1992,[11] when he rejoined The Times[12] where he remained a columnist until shortly before his death.[13] In his Memoirs, published in 2011, he wrote of Murdoch: "Looking back, he has been an excellent proprietor for the Times, but also for Fleet Street."[14]

Rees-Mogg was a member of the BBC's Board of Governors and chairman of the Arts Council, overseeing a major reform of the latter body which halved the number of arts organisations receiving regular funding and reduced the Council's direct activities. Having been High Sheriff of Somerset from 1978 to 1979, he was knighted on 3 November 1981.[15] In the 1988 Birthday Honours, Rees-Mogg was announced to be made a life peer[16] and was raised to the peerage on 8 August that year as Baron Rees-Mogg of Hinton Blewett in the County of Avon,[17][18] and sat in the House of Lords as a cross-bencher. He was a member of the European Reform Forum. The University of Bath awarded him an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) in 1977.[19]

He co-authored, with James Dale Davidson, the following: The Sovereign Individual, The Great Reckoning, and Blood in the Streets.[20]

Writing in The Times in 2001, Rees-Mogg, who had a house in Somerset, described himself as "a country person who spends most of his time in London", and attempted to define the characteristics of a "country person". He also wrote that Tony Blair was as unpopular in rural England as Mrs Thatcher had been in Scotland. By now his liberal attitude to drugs policy had led to his being mocked as "Mogadon Man" by Private Eye.[9]

The magazine later referred to him as "Mystic Mogg" (a pun on "Mystic Meg", a tabloid astrologer) because of the perception that his economic and political predictions were ultimately found to be inaccurate.[10][21]

Rees-Mogg served as the chairman of the London publishing firm Pickering & Chatto Publishers and of NewsMax Media and wrote a weekly column for The Mail on Sunday.[22]

Personal life[edit]

In 1964 Rees-Mogg purchased Ston Easton Park near Bath, Somerset, the former home of the Hippisley family. The house had been threatened with demolition and Rees-Mogg partially restored it.[23] He sold the house to the Smedley family in 1978.

Rees-Mogg and his wife Gillian Shakespeare Morris had five children. They included:

Rees-Mogg, a Catholic, argued that the image of an ultra-conservative papacy is false and that the Vatican must overhaul its PR machine.[27]

Death[edit]

He became ill just before Christmas 2012, and on 29 December at the age of 84, he died of oesophageal cancer.[13][28]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1928–1981: Mr William Rees-Mogg
  • 1981–1988: Sir William Rees-Mogg
  • 1988–2012: The Rt Hon. The Lord Rees-Mogg

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lord Rees-Mogg dies aged 84". This is Bath. Bath, U.K.: Northcliffe Media Limited. 29 December 2012. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Rees-Mogg 2011, pp75-81
  3. ^ presumably in April 1949 to complete the nine terms of residence normally required for a BA, although his memoirs do not give the exact date
  4. ^ Larman, Alexander (29 July 2012). "Memoirs by William Rees-Mogg – review". The Observer. London. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Byrne, Ciar (12 June 2006). "The Indestructible Journos". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Griffiths, Edward, ed. (1992). The Encyclopedia of the British Press, 1422–1992. London: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 482. ISBN 9780312086336. 
  7. ^ a b Dennen, Tom (Fall 2010). ""Wealth Transfer" is Cyclic "Reckoning"". The Journal of History. London: News Source, Inc. 10 (2). Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Budden, Rob (29 December 2012). "Journalist Lord Rees-Mogg dies". The Financial Times. London. Retrieved 29 December 2012. (registration required)
  9. ^ a b Bates, Stephen (29 December 2012). "Lord Rees-Mogg obituary". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Obituary: William Rees-Mogg". The Daily Telegraph. London. 30 December 2012. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Rees-Mogg, William (21 December 1992). "Is this the end of life as I know it?". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Rt Hon Lord Rees-Mogg Authorised Biography". People of Today. London: Debrett's. 2012. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Miller, Daniel (30 December 2013). "William Rees-Mogg: Former Times editor dies aged 84 after a short illness". The Daily Mail. London. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Preston, Peter (13 July 2011). "Memoirs by William Rees-Mogg – review". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "No. 48819". The London Gazette. 11 December 1981. p. 15769. 
  16. ^ "No. 51365". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1988. p. 1. 
  17. ^ "No. 51439". The London Gazette. 12 August 1988. p. 9161. 
  18. ^ "No. 22401". The Edinburgh Gazette. 12 August 1988. p. 1201. 
  19. ^ "University of Bath: Honorary Graduates 1966 to 1988". Bath, Somerset: University of Bath. 2012. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  20. ^ Davidson, James Dale. "William Rees-Mogg: A Remembrance". Newsmax. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  21. ^ Wilby, Peter (8 January 2007). "Prints of darkness". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "All Articles by William Rees Mogg". The Mail on Sunday. London. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  23. ^ Reid, Robert Douglas (1979). Some buildings of Mendip. The Mendip Society. ISBN 0-905459-16-4. 
  24. ^ Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.
  25. ^ "Person Page". Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  26. ^ "What Was Never Said by Emma Craigie". The Guardian. 2015-09-17. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  27. ^ Rees-Mogg, William (23 March 2009). "The Pope's message is not the problem". The Times. London, U.K. (subscription required)
  28. ^ Booth, Jenny (29 December 2012). "Former Times editor William Rees-Mogg dies". The Times. London, U.K. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. (subscription required)

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1967–1981
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