He failed in his bid to become Union Prez 20 years ago, but perhaps being OUCA’s honorary top dog will heal Jacob Rees-Mogg’s wounds.

The ex-president Trinity College, or Jacob Rees-Mogg MP to most of us, has been voted in OUCA’s new Honorary President after his interesting performance at the Union no confidence debate.

The MP was once a BNOC at Oxford back in the glorious late 1980s though we can’t imagine he joined in some of the more animalistic (ah ah) behaviour of the day. VERSA rummaged through the archives and found excellent contemporary Cherwell coverage (alas, the good old days…). On a staggering show of form, the student newspaper asked its readers to spot the difference between Jacob Grease-Bog and a spindly table, and also christened him ‘Pushy Fresher IV’, a hack column that profiled the freshers who had already made an impression in the first weeks of Michaelmas.

Few Oxford students achieve the creation of an Appreciation Society which honours them alone and for this he should be congratulated. He also fought Yvette Cooper, Balliol JCR Pres, as she attempted to abolish sub-fusc for the 9 billionth time. Rees-Mogg retorted that he enjoyed cycling with a mortarboard on (unfortunately there are no photographs to illustrate this marvellous image).

Will his nanny help Mr Rees-Mogg in his new position like she helped him campaign for Parliament? We’re sure they’d both love an evening at P&P.


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