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.’
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.
‘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.
‘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.
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.’