‘Your daddy is a totally horrible person – lots of people hate him’: Class ‘activists’ launch sickening tirade at Jacob Rees-Mogg’s CHILDREN – including his six-year-old son – over how much family’s nanny is paid
- Jacob Rees-Mogg and his family were accosted outside his London home
- The father of six was repeatedly asked how much he paid his long serving nanny
- Four of his children told ‘lots of people don’t like your daddy… they hate him’
- The activists from group Class War posted the encounter on Facebook
- Even group’s own supporters criticised the confrontation with the children
- Prime minister’s spokesman described the attack as ‘completely unacceptable’
Class ‘activists’ launched a sickening tirade at Jacob Rees-Mogg’s children – including his six-year-old son – telling them their daddy is a ‘totally horrible person’.
The three youngsters stood stunned while their parents tried to usher them inside, but they still heard the full bullying rant demanding to be told how much the family’s long serving nanny is paid.
Activist Ian Bone, 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.’
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’
Activist Ian Bone (right, in the flat cap) was filmed accosting the Rees-Mogg family and telling the children that their father doesn’t pay their nanny Veronica Crook (in black) ‘very much’ because he was too busy ‘posing as a Latin eating, gut-orientated toff’
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.
When questioned by MailOnline last night, despite his apparent willingness to bring Mr Rees-Mogg’s children into debate, Mr Bone refused to say how many grandchildren he has or how old they are.
He said: ‘I ain’t going there, no.’
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.
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.
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
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
‘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.’
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.
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
‘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!’
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’
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.
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 told Mail Online: ‘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.’
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.’
Veronica Crook: The nanny who looked after Rees-Mogg as a boy
Jacob Rees-Mogg praised his ‘remarkable’ nanny of 51 years at the birth of his sixth child Sixtus in July last year.
The Brexiteer Tory MP has known Veronica Crook since birth and now despite being aged in her 70s she is looking after the next generation of Rees-Moggs.
Miss Crook once famously campaigned with Mr Rees-Mogg in his mother’s Mercedes.
The MP for North East Somerset told MailOnline at the time that Miss Crook has been working for the Rees-Mogg family for more than half a century and ‘she is still on duty’, looking after his latest addition.
He said: ‘Nanny is still looking after the children, which is absolutely wonderful as I hear her telling them things she used to tell me.
Veronica Crook: ‘She’s the most remarkable woman and as you can imagine, incredibly good with children – but she might say it’s jolly hard work.’
‘She reminds them of the post-war rationing. So if they have great dollops of butter on their toast, she says that would have been a week’s ration. I love that, the historic continuity that you get.’
A nanny never reveals her age, Mr Rees-Mogg added, but he guessed that Miss Crook is ‘in her seventies’. She does not have a family of her own, he said, but ‘we are her family.’
‘She’s the most remarkable woman and as you can imagine, incredibly good with children – but she might say it’s jolly hard work.’
Previously, Miss Crook has described the young Jacob’s behaviour as ‘perfect – or for most of the time perfect’.
‘He wasn’t really naughty, he was a one-off,’ she said in 2015. She added: ‘He did his own thing, he didn’t copy. He had that sort of attitude.’
Mr Rees-Mogg said his six children are as ‘informed’ about politics as he was as a child and regularly join him on the doorstep.