Josephine Bone has utterly condemned her father Ian Bone’s actions, lambasting him for having no real political beliefs and just loving confrontation.
Ms Bone, a mother-of-two, told The Mail on Sunday that Mr Bone, 71, made a “hobby” of “rabble-rousing”.
The 47-year-old 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.”
In public, Mr Bone has defiantly said he has no regrets about his vitriolic abuse of conservative MP Mr Rees-Mogg, his family and their nanny outside their home in Westminster.
His daughter, a senior executive in a global corporation, said Mr Bone is an unprincipled rabble-rouser who just loves a fight.
Ms Bone said: “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.
Ian Bone, a Class War activist who targeted Jacob Rees-Mogg’s kids, has been shamed by his daughter
“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.”
Most damning of all, Ms Bone revealed that her Class War activist father made little effort to bond with her or his other children.
Ms Bone said: “My mum moved us all up to Newcastle and he stayed in South 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.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he won’t get too excited about the protest
Ian Bone’s daughter has accused him of ignoring his own kids
“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.”
She said that, although she is estranged from her father, she has tried to maintain a relationship with him because “despite everything he does, he’s my dad”.
Commentators on both sides of the political spectrum have united to condemn Mr Bone for bringing Mr Rees-Mogg’s innocent children into an aggressive debate.
At the head of a small group of activists, he had jeered at Mr Rees-Mogg’s worried looking sons while their father cooly kept the activists at bay.
Ian Bone has publicly stated that he has no regrets over targeting Ress-Mogg’s children
Mr Bone was filmed shouting: “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.”
The videos and photos circulated online of this disgraceful behaviour were too painful for Ms Bone to watch, she said.
Praising old Etonian Mr Rees-Mogg for his dignified response, she said her father’s actions only undermined whatever cause he claims to stand for.
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?
Class War activist Ian Bone’s daughter says he is just a rabble rouser who loves confrontation
“All he has done is increase support and sympathy for Mr Rees-Mogg among the public. It’s just a big own goal.
“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.”
Mr Bone admitted to The Mail on Sunday that he had been an absent father who saw his children “rarely”.
He told reporters outside his £400,000 detached home in South London, which he shares with his long-term partner Jane, that his daughter had sternly told him off.
Mr Bone said: “She wasn’t a happy bird, she gave me a right telling off.”
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