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This is a priceless takedown of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s historical schtick and very satisfying indeed

It’s a familiar tactic used by Jacob Rees-Mogg and others to appear more in command of the facts than perhaps he might be and here he is doing it again in the Telegraph.

‘Handel did not need the free movement of people to come to England and compose the Messiah.’

It’s usually more effective with a bit of Latin thrown in for good measure, Jacob, but iterum felicius, eh?

Except, well, this time it rather unravelled and it’s very satisfying indeed, thanks to Newsnight’s policy editor, Chris Cook.

And this is what it says.

An Act for naturalizing Louis Sekeyhaye, George Frederick Handel, and others, later given the short title of Handel’s Naturalisation Act 1727, was a 1727 Act of the Parliament of Great Britain with the intent of naturalising and granting British citizenship to German-born composer George Frideric Handel and other foreign citizens.

In other words …

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