‘I’m not telling you about my grandkids’: ‘Class war’ activist who targeted Jacob Rees-Mogg’s young children refuses to talk about his OWN family
The left-wing activist who gleefully abused the children of Jacob Rees-Mogg has refused to discuss his own offspring telling MailOnline: ‘I ain’t going there’.
Ian Bone, 71, launched the sickening tirade outside the Tory MP’s London home yelling: ‘Your daddy’s a totally horrible person – a lot of people hate him’, leaving them visibly distressed and shocked.
The youngsters, some in school uniforms, looked stunned and clung to their father as Bone and fellow members of anarchist group Class War abused them.
Butler’s son Bone, whose abuse has caused outrage across the political spectrum, considers himself a class warrior who admits he loves to ‘bash to rich’.
But despite his apparent willingness to bring Mr Rees-Mogg’s children into political debate, father-of-five Mr Bone refused to discuss his own.
When asked about his children and grandchildren he told MailOnline: ‘I ain’t going there’ and ‘I’m not telling you.’
Today Bone said the fury about his protest was ‘completely ridiculous’ and said his victims had not seemed angry.
He told LBC: ‘The confected anger about me telling them their daddy is horrible is ridiculous. If Rees Mogg can take it how come no-one else can.
‘He brought them out. It was his decision to bring them into the public domain. His children will know that not all people will have the same views as him’.
Activist Ian Bone (right, in the flat cap) abused Jacob Rees-Mogg and targeted his children in an abusive rant outside their London home
Mr Rees-Mogg, pictured leaving his London home today, has been praised for the way he handled the protest and abuse of his children
Ian Bone, pictured outside the High Court in February, has refused to discuss his own children despite think the MP’s offspring are a justified target
Class activists launched an extraordinary tirade at Jacob Rees-Mogg’s children – including his six-year-old son – telling them their daddy is a ‘totally horrible person’
Bone and his fellow class warriors also turned on Rees-Mogg’s long-serving nanny Veronica Crook, suggesting she was his slave working for less than the minimum wage.
He yelled at her: ‘Daddy doesn’t pay her very much! Daddy says the minimum wage doesn’t count for anything! Poor Nanny Crook who looks after you and wipes your bottom, she doesn’t get enough money every week – daddy doesn’t care!’.
Veronica Crook, who has worked for the family for 50-plus years, responds politely saying: ‘I’m very happy’ and said Mr Rees Mogg is ‘wonderful’ to work for.
Theresa May called it ‘completely unacceptable’, while Labour MP Wes Streeting branded the episode ‘cruel and shameful’.
But unrepentant Bone was revelling in the backlash, saying: ‘This has just been perfect – little effort and maximum publicity’.
He added: ‘Jacob Rees Mogg brought his family outside and into our demonstration. I stand by everything that I said.
‘I think that my comments to his children are nothing in comparison to the policies that Rees Mogg believes in.
‘His children are going to Eton, like their father, where they’ll get mercilessly bullied anyway.’
He is a close friend of Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers, a fellow activist and controversial weather man who claims global warming is a ‘ hoax that must be destroyed’.
Mr Corbyn said last month that rising temperatures across the globe are ‘deliberate lies intended to brainwash the public’ and that the UN, EU and BBC are behind the conspiracy.
Bone’s sickening tirade at Jacob Rees-Mogg’s children – including his six-year-old son – shocked Britain.
The activist, wearing a flat cap and leaning on a stick, was filmed shouting: ‘Your daddy won’t answer the question.
‘Your daddy is a totally horrible person. A lot of people don’t like your daddy, you know that. No he’s probably not told you about that.’
The grandfather and father-of-five added: ‘A lot of people hate him’.
The three clearly stunned youngsters stood while their parents tried to usher them inside, but they still heard the full bullying rant demanding that the protesters know how much their nanny Veronica Crook (above in black) is paid
The encounter last night between Mr Bone and the Rees-Mogg family was filmed by activist group Class War and posted on their Facebook page
Bone with Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers after a council protest in 2015 – Mr Corbyn is a controversial weather man who claims global warming is a ‘ hoax that must be destroyed’
But even Class War’s own supporters online found the attack on the children too much. Steve Cason wrote on Facebook: ‘Sorry but I don’t agree that children should be brought into the argument in this way. The bit about not being liked etc crossed the boundary’
Mr Bone told the children: ‘Daddy doesn’t pay nanny much, so poor nanny Crook who looks after you and wipes your bottom, she doesn’t get enough money every week’. Ms Crook (holding the baby) regularly appears in family pictures
The encounter last night involving the Rees-Mogg’s nanny Veronica Crook – who has been with the family for decades and cared for the MP when he was a boy – lasted several minutes.
It was filmed by left wing activist group Class War and posted on their Facebook page.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman condemned the confrontation of Mr Rees-Mogg as ‘completely unacceptable’.
He said: ‘No elected member or their family should be subject to intimidation or abuse in that way.’
Others, including Tory MP Ben Gummer, whose father John was Environment Secretary in the early 90s, were equally horrified by the encounter.
Today, Mr Bone, who has Parkinson’s Disease, walks with a stick and whose father was a butler, was unrepentant about speaking directly to the children
He tweeted: ‘I had my share of this stuff. All I can say is that seeing it done to @Jacob_Rees_Mogg’s children still brings an oh so angry lump to my throat. It is a cruel thing to do to a child, and it will mark them forever.’
Even Class War’s own supporters online found Mr Bone’s direct attack on the children too much.
Steve Cason wrote on Facebook: ‘I think taking the Tories on is fair game and in fact must be done – I do it all the time.
‘Sorry but I don’t agree that children should be brought into the argument in this way. The bit about not being liked etc crossed the boundary.’
Malcolm Brooks added: ‘Well I don’t have any time for the tory git but not good in front of anyone’s kids.’
And Wayne England said: ‘In front of children. NOT COOL.’
However, Mr Rees-Mogg appeared unconcerned about the attack and told Mail Online: ‘It was a small protest by anarchists which not surprisingly was disorganised, unpunctual and short lived.’
He later sought to play down the incident, insisting his children were ‘absolutely fine’, despite the barracking.
‘I wouldn’t get too excited about it. It was a few anarchists who turned up and it wasn’t very well organised. It wasn’t terribly serious,’ he told LBC radio.
‘We are a free country. They weren’t violent. They aren’t admirers of mine. I am in public life and not everybody is going to like me. That is a reality of public life.
‘I’d have preferred it if it hadn’t happened but I don’t want to get it out of perspective. I think much worse things happen to many other people.’
Ian Bone (right) repeatedly asked again how much Ms Crook was paid, before she appeared (in black) on the street to cries of ‘Oh my God, she’s here!’
Ms Crook, who regularly appears in family pictures, not only looks after all six of the MP’s children but cared for him when he was a boy. Four of Mr Rees-Mogg’s children came out to witness the confrontation
Mr Rees-Mogg told Mail Online: ‘It was a small protest by anarchists which not surprisingly was disorganised, unpunctual and short lived’
During the confrontation Mr Bone, 71, told the children: ‘Daddy won’t say how much he pays your nanny, his nanny who looks after you. Daddy doesn’t pay her very much.
‘Daddy says the minimum wage doesn’t count for anything, or the London minimum wage.
‘Daddy doesn’t pay nanny much, so poor nanny Crook who looks after you and wipes your bottom, she doesn’t get enough money every week.
‘But daddy, he doesn’t care because he’s too busy posing as a Latin eating, gut-orientated toff which he does pretty well.’
He then repeatedly asked again how much Ms Crook was paid, before she appeared on the street to cries of ‘Oh my God, she’s here!’
She emerged and said that she wasn’t paid by the hour and that she didn’t need to tell him how much she was paid as she hugged Mr Rees-Mogg’s son.
Mr Bone was not put off and went on to accuse Ms Crook of having ‘Stockholm syndrome’ because she wouldn’t reveal her salary.
She asked Mr Rees-Mogg, standing just behind her and cuddling his smaller child, ‘Do I?’
He replied: ‘No!’
When someone questioned another protester’s actions, he was told: ‘Well too bad. If you don’t like it, f*** off!’
Ms Crook, who regularly appears in family pictures, looks after all six of the MP’s childrenand has been connected to the family for half a century.
Ian Bone, the lifelong anarchist whose family’s privacy comes first
Veteran activist and grandfather Ian Bone, 71, was once dubbed Britain’s most dangerous man after the Class War newspaper he launched in 1982 became so incendiary it featured pictures of beaten up policemen.
The full-time anarchist – who’s been on state benefits since leaving university – now walks with a stick thanks to Parkinson’s disease.
After his unabashed assault on the Rees-Mogg family, the father-of-five remained unrepentantly silent about his own family.
Having taken the fight down to a personal level, he will not discuss his own children – or even grandchildren, instead using the media spotlight for his own political message.
‘Jacob Rees Mogg supports policies such as benefit reforms for the disabled and the new welfare system Universal Credit, where there have been cuts and delays in payments to the most needy.
‘If I was Rees Mogg, I wouldn’t have a problem with my children being told that I’m a horrible person. I could have said far worse.
‘I stand by telling his kids who their father really is.’
Bone has been protesting since the 1980s and is a publisher with class activist publications, Class War and The Bristolian.
Class War became a class movement as well as a newspaper, which at its height sold 15,000 copies weekly and supported striking miners, dockers, print workers and demos including the Brixton Riots of 1981, before the publication was launched.
Bone went on Bash the Rich marches (Bash the Rich is also the title of his autobiography). Just a decade ago he advocated violence to overthrow the state.
While still a weekly paper, Class War dubbed itself ‘Britain’s most unruly tabloid’.
After Prince William’s birth in September 1984 it carried a front page picture of him with the headline ‘Another f***ing royal parasite’.
Another front page carried an image of Margaret Thatcher with a hatchet buried in her head. When the paper folded, it carried on as a pressure group.
Bone admits to having a working class hatred for the rich as his own father was a butler.
He lived in Grenfell from 1983-1986 and knew several residents who were caught up in the fire there where 72 people died.
He went on to protest outside The Shard when Grenfell residents weren’t being re-housed as there were 10 £50m empty luxury flats inside the state-of-the-art tower.
Bone was taken to the High Court by Qatari royal family, owner of The Shard, in February this year to stop his protests before their lawyers withdrew their threat of an injunction against him.
In 2006 he told The Guardian newspaper that violence was key, saying: ‘Not (attacking someone) individually, but if you’re fighting back as a mob against a particular thing like the poll tax or the Iraq War (then) yes.. If the rich or the ruling class or the police are defending their interests, they deserve everything that’s coming to them.’
And in June he posted on his own Facebook page in regards to Donald Trump’s visit: ‘Spend the day idling and drinking around Bond Street/ New Bond street………..enter shops……handle the goods….be insolent to the rich… insolence comrades…let insolence win the day.’