And look what the toff-hater’s own daugh­ter says about his cowardly at­tack

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - The Agent Boot File - By Nick Con­sta­ble and Katie French

THE daugh­ter of an­ar­chist Ian Bone has con­demned his hate­filled tirade against Ja­cob Rees-Mogg’s fam­ily – and re­vealed he was an ab­sent fa­ther to his own chil­dren.

Josephine Bone spoke out af­ter the rant­ing Left-winger caused out­rage by con­fronting the Tory MP and his wife on their doorstep and telling four of their six chil­dren that their fa­ther was ‘hor­ri­ble’ and that ‘peo­ple hate him’.

She said Bone had not been part of her life since she was six and had not sup­ported her mother and her sib­lings fi­nan­cially af­ter her par­ents’ mar­riage ended.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to The Mail on Sun­day Ms Bone, 47, said: ‘I was brought up by my mum. My dad moved out by the time I was six and he didn’t sup­port his fam­ily. Not at all.

‘My mum moved us all up to New­cas­tle and he stayed in South

‘He should stay at home and put his slip­pers on’

Wales. I don’t think the re­la­tion­ship be­tween her and my dad was very good but in truth I just don’t know. They’ve been apart for more than 40 years.’

Ms Bone, a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive in a global cor­po­ra­tion, said she was shocked by her fa­ther’s at­tack on the Rees-Moggs and be­lieves he has no real po­lit­i­cal agenda ‘apart from rab­ble-rous­ing and shout­ing at peo­ple he sees as toffs’.

Although Bone has pub­licly in­sisted he has no re­grets about his hate-filled out­burst, she said he apol­o­gised to her over the phone af­ter she ‘told him off’.

Ms Bone said: ‘He should just stay at home and put his slip­pers on. He doesn’t lis­ten to me. But I needed to make it ab­so­lutely clear that this kind of ac­tiv­ity is some­thing I could never sup­port. He cer­tainly knows what I think and he did apol­o­gise.

‘If he wants to shout at MPs on street cor­ners, OK. But when their chil­dren get brought into it, that’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

‘He should have looked at that sit­u­a­tion, with Mr Rees-Mogg, his wife, the chil­dren and the nanny, and then walked away. But he car­ried on and did some­thing stupid.

‘It’s fair enough if peo­ple now say to him, “How would you like it if it was your chil­dren?”

‘I’m his child and I’ve got two girls. So it’s right that I ad­dress this ques­tion.

‘He’s been a to­tal id­iot. It was a silly thing to do but hope­fully it will be for­got­ten and he will make dif­fer­ent choices in the fu­ture.’

Ms Bone, who is mar­ried to a se­nior lit­i­ga­tion lawyer, said her par­ents split up af­ter what she called a ‘univer­sity re­la­tion­ship’.

She de­clined to give fur­ther de­tails but said she re­mained in touch with her fa­ther be­cause ‘de­spite ev­ery­thing he does, he’s my dad’. Speak­ing from her home, a pe­riod de­tached prop­erty in Por­tishead, near Bris­tol – bought for £500,000 seven years ago – she said Bone’s po­lit­i­cal views cut lit­tle ice with his own chil­dren.

‘My brothers, my sis­ters and me – we’ve all gone down the cor­po­rate path,’ she said. ‘We’ve taken a dif­fer­ent path. We have never been rebels like him.

‘He’s been to my house once but we don’t hang out. I only ever know what he’s been do­ing when he hits the head­lines.

‘He doesn’t take into ac­count what we’re go­ing to think. His thing is stand­ing on street cor­ners and shout­ing at peo­ple.

‘I don’t even know what his po­lit­i­cal views are apart from rab­ble-rous­ing and shout­ing at peo­ple he sees as toffs. It’s like a hobby to him.

‘He rel­ishes the con­fronta­tion. He ab­so­lutely thrives on it. He par­tic­u­larly loves the pub­lic­ity.

‘Perhaps some­times there’s a gen­uine case and for all his shout­ing, up to this point, it hasn’t re­ally been harm­ful. But this time it cer­tainly was harm­ful.’

She said she had not been able to look at videos and news ar­ti­cles pub­lished last week show­ing the 71-year-old hurl­ing abuse at Old Eto­nian Mr Rees-Mogg, his fam­ily and their nanny out­side their home in West­min­ster.

Lead­ing a small group of ac­tivists, he told the young­sters: ‘Your daddy’s a to­tally hor­ri­ble per­son. Lots of peo­ple don’t like your daddy, you know that? He’s prob­a­bly not told you that. Lots of peo­ple hate him.’

Ms Bone said: ‘For­tu­nately Mr Rees-Mogg ap­peared quite san­guine about all this, and fair play to him.

‘Apart from the ob­vi­ous fact that my fa­ther’s ac­tions were com­pletely un­ac­cept­able, what on earth was the point?

‘All he has done is in­crease sup­port and sym­pa­thy for Mr Rees-Mogg among the pub­lic. It’s just a big own goal.

‘But he is not stupid. He’s very in­tel­li­gent, very worldly-wise, bright, ar­tic­u­late and he can be very funny. He’s never done any­thing like this be­fore and I hope he never does it again.’

Bone ad­mit­ted to The Mail on Sun­day that he had been an ab­sent fa­ther af­ter split­ting up from Ms Bone’s mother aged 25. ‘They moved from Swansea to New­cas­tle and I saw them rarely in that time,’ he said.

Out­side the £400,000 de­tached home in South London he shares with his long-term part­ner Jane, he also con­firmed his daugh­ter had given him a stern talk­ing to. ‘She wasn’t a happy bird,’ he said. ‘She gave me a right telling off.’

‘Rab­ble-rous­ing is like a hobby to him’

AB­SENT FA­THER: Class war ac­tivist Ian Bone. Right: Daugh­ter Josephine

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