Mr Rees-Mogg, who has regularly been a guest on popular television programmes such as “Have I got news for you” and “Newsnight”, spoke mainly about his life in politics as a Catholic citizen and the influence that his faith has had on his career and his personal life to date. Mr Rees-Mogg then took questions from the floor and from a prepared list put together by students of the College.
College Principal, Mrs Pat Goodhead, said:
“It was both a pleasure and a privilege to host such an articulate and intellectual speaker at the College and a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain a wider understanding of political issues today. Mr Rees-Mogg handled some controversial questions with ease and was inspirational to the young people.”
To close the talk, Mr Rees-Mogg left students with a very important message:
“If you really want to do something, despite whatever setbacks you may encounter, always remember to try, try, try and try again. You can do whatever it is you want to do, but you must never accept no and always seek alternative ways to achieve what you want.”
He likened this advice to some of his Etonian school friends who would have made fantastic MPs, but gave up after not being successful in their first campaigns. Mr Rees-Mogg was successful after approximately 20 attempts showing his determination to succeed.
Local ward councillor, Cllr Chris Whitehouse (Conservative, Newport West), arranged the visit on behalf of the College and said:
“Jacob is one of the most sought-after speakers in the House of Commons, so it’s a real coup to have secured him to visit Christ the King College. He’s always willing to give generously of his time and promised a return visit in the future. He’s a top Tory toff alright!”