Vertical rabbit warrens

Grenfell Tower, twenty-four floors of flats for West London’s proletariat, caught fire in June 2017, killing seventy-one and injuring as many more others. This prompted Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP from North East Somerset, to question whether anybody really wants to live in updated tenements of this sort:

Rees-Mogg, forty-eight, is viewed as one of the Toriest of Tories in the Commons; he’s the sort of chap who would sign up for Twitter and then tweet in Latin. Which, incidentally, he did:

This got the reaction you probably think it did.


  1. fillyjonk »

    10 May 2018 · 2:46 pm

    Meaning, hundreds of people copied-and-pasted into Google Translate, because they’re Latin illiterates like me?

  2. McGehee »

    10 May 2018 · 4:39 pm

    I’m guessing it doesn’t mean plus ça change…?

  3. CGHill »

    10 May 2018 · 5:18 pm

    And several others complained about the word order, though this is arguably less of an issue with Latin than with English.

    Then again, how, um, conservative is that statement? “Times change, and we are changing with them.” Compare to William F. Buckley, Jr.: “A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling ‘Stop,’ at a time when no one is inclined to do so.”

  4. Holly H »

    11 May 2018 · 8:30 am

    Sadly, fj, most would not bother to look it up.

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