WAV Comment – you have to remember here that here we are talking about ANTI Foie Gras ban and anti fur ban Rees Mogg; who now has one of his chums, and a major Conservative Party donor; appointed as a senior minister by Liz Truss at the Department for International Trade (DIT).
Interesting; as at this very moment we are awaiting a reply from the DIT on the issue of animal welfare and international trade deals. See more at:
Despite all our years of work and evidence gathering by dozens of welfare groups; I predict that I will get a response from the DIT telling that, in accordance with the Truss wishes, animal welfare will not be considered in future trade deals; or if it is (?), I will be fed yukspeak on ‘they do care about it’, but not enough to actually include the issue in future deals.
As promised recently, as soon as I get a reply from the DIT, I will be publishing and adding comment.
Who knows, the reply may be from the new Truss appointed Dominic Johnson. Lets hope so – but as he probably does not give a toss about animal welfare, just like his mate Rees Mogg, I am not holding my breath.
With all this, no wonder the Tories have reached rock bottom in opinion polls and fingers crossed, Truss will soon be ousted and we the people of the UK will get what they need, a General Election.
The City business partner of Jacob Rees-Mogg has been handed a peerage and job as a senior minister by Liz Truss’s government in a move likely to trigger accusations of cronyism.
Dominic Johnson, a financier who co-founded Somerset Capital Management with Rees-Mogg, was appointed as a minister in the Cabinet Office and the Department for International Trade.
The announcement was slipped out on the government’s website, which said he had been appointed as of Sunday.
“Dominic Johnson CBE was appointed a minister of state jointly in the Department for International Trade and the Cabinet Office on 2 October 2022,” the statement said.
The appointment is likely to be controversial at a time when Truss, her chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, and Rees-Mogg face questions about being too close to the City, after the mini-budget handed substantial tax cuts to financiers and the wealthy.
Johnson is a substantial party donor who has given more than £250,000 and was vice-chairman of the Conservative party between 2016 and 2019. He replaces Gerry Grimstone, the former chairman of Barclays and Standard Life, in his role as trade minister, encouraging inward investment.
Somerset Capital Management is reported to be up for sale, with two of its founding partners now in senior government roles. Johnson recently said he was stepping down as chief executive of Somerset Capital Management.
Rees-Mogg still holds a substantial stake in the investment firm, despite the potential conflict of interest with his role as business secretary.
Above – no, cannot be true, wow !!
Further reading on this:
Jacob Rees-Mogg is caught up in a cronyism row after the partner in his investment firm was suddenly handed a peerage and made a government minister.
Liz Truss has quietly appointed Tory donor Dominic Johnson as Minister of State in the department of trade.
The financier, who founded investment firm Somerset Capital with Jacob Rees-Mogg, has donated £338,391 to the Tories between 2006 and 2021.
MP’s look of disbelief as Jacob Rees-Mogg claims ‘Putin funds anti-fracking campaigns’
Jacob Rees-Mogg has been defending the Government’s decision to allow fracking for shale gas to go ahead in England.
Shocked Labour MP Cat Smith appeared stunned as Jacob Rees-Mogg told her some anti-fracking campaigns may have been funded by Vladimir Putin. The exchange came as Mr Rees-Mogg, who was recently appointed as Liz Truss’ Business Secretary, defended the decision to allow fracking to go ahead on the grounds of energy security.