Jacob Rees-Mogg And This Beano Character Are Basically The Same

Could this MP be sued for copyright infringement?

Jacob Rees-Mogg And This Beano Character Are Basically The Same

by Phoebe Parke |
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Remember Walter the Softy from the Beano? Dennis the Menace’s arch enemy and next-door neighbour?

Well, the head of Beano Studios Scotland Michael Stirling has written to Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg accusing him of copying the wimpy but spiteful character.

Alleged infringements include; Walter’s hair parting and style, his round reading glasses, spotty ties, vintage apparel and bullish behaviour with his peers.

‘It is evident that there are numerous instances whereby you have adopted trademarked imagery and brand essences of the character to the benefit of enhancing your career and popularity,’ the letter reads.

‘We firmly request that you cease and desist in your ongoing impersonation of the character, which remains the exclusive property of Beano Studios,’ it continues.

Stirling even attached a picture, and to be honest we can totally see the similarity between the two. The tweet from @BeanoOfficial has 3,000 retweets at the time of writing, so it looks like people agree.

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Obviously this is just a joke, but, let’s not get too caught up in the LOLs.

What’s the real life Jacob Rees-Mogg actually like? Too often we fall into the trap of underestimating a politician and laughing at them so hard we don’t realise they are gaining more power while we’re still wiping the tears from our eyes.

A quick look at Rees-Mogg’s voting record shows where he stands.

He has consistently voted against:

Measures to prevent climate change, more EU integration, smoking bans, gay rights, spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed, increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000, a wholly elected House of Lords, a lower voting age, slowing the rise in rail fares, decriminalising abortion, laws to promote equality and human rights.

And he has consistently voted for:

Mass surveillance of people’s communications and activities, reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms, a reduction in spending on welfare benefits, raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year, ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education, greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections, and restricting the scope of legal aid.

Walter the Softy or a real-life baddie? You decide.

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