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Posting on Twitter, Rees-Mogg stated that “The EU’s economic model has failed”, and attached a graph purporting to show the “EU’s Guilty Secret” of youth unemployment.
The EU's economic model has failed. pic.twitter.com/weloe38Qbu
— Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) September 25, 2018
The graph shows Greece at the top of the chart with a staggering 40% rate of youth unemployment – this much of Rees-Mogg’s tweet is correct, at least.
However, at the lower end of the chart is the United Kingdom, who are shown to have a youth unemployment rate of what appears to be around 10%. Whilst this statistic is slightly misleading as the 2017 rate was actually higher, at 12.1%, this is not the glaring error in Rees-Mogg’s tweet.
Yes, for those of you who haven’t been living under a rock for the past 2 years, you will know that the United Kingdom has not yet actually left the European Union.
Therefore, Jacob Rees-Mogg’s decision to include the UK in the graph proves that high youth unemployment clearly has nothing to do with the EU – as the Tory Brexiteer’s tweet implies. This fact is indisputable given that the UK seems to have kept youth unemployment down to a reasonable level despite still being a member of the EU!
This astonishing oversight in Jacob Rees-Mogg’s argument was deliciously exposed in one simple but hugely effective riposte from IFLScience writer, James Felton:
We are in the fucking EU, you 18th century dildo. https://t.co/htg1NvAGz4
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) September 26, 2018
However, not only did Rees-Mogg fail to notice this ridiculous flaw in his argument, the graph included in his tweet also happens to exclude 10 other EU member states who have lower youth unemployment than the UK.
Yes, the Tory MP for North East Somerset somehow managed to conveniently forget Estonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Denmark, Malta, Holland, the Czech Republic, and Germany:
— iggy-m (@IoiTherealnacho) September 26, 2018
Indeed, when you are actually provided with the full graph, the United Kingdom appears slap bang in the middle of things:
So, according to Jacob Rees-Mogg, the EU is to blame for soaring youth unemployment across its member states. This is despite the UK still being a member of the EU, and currently having its lowest youth unemployment since the 1980s. It is also despite the UK’s rate of unemployment being only the 11th lowest amongst all EU member states.
If ever you needed proof that Jacob Rees-Mogg is an unquestionable bullsh*tter, this truly is it.
But, if you really needed any more proof, Rees-Mogg also shared the article below in February – an article which The S*n was forced to remove and retract owing to it being a pack of complete and utter lies:
Despite The S*n issuing a full correction for the entire bogus article, Jacob Rees Mogg has still not removed his tweet endorsing the lies:
A charming fellow indeed.