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Ian Bone (right) accosts Jacob Rees-Mogg and his family outside their Westminster home.

What a shame (I don’t think) – the anti-Corbyn express is running out of steam.

This week the big push was to link Mr Corbyn with one Ian Bone, a ‘Class War’ activist who accosted Jacob Rees-Mogg and his children outside the right-wing, Brexiter Tory’s home.

The Daily Mirror told us last week:

‘Class warrior’ Ian Bone led a small group who targeted the Old Etonian, his wife, their nanny and four of his six children outside their £5.6m home in Westminster.

A video posted on Tuesday night by the Class War group shows Mr Bone targeted Mr Rees-Mogg’s young children directly, telling them: “Your daddy’s a horrible person.”

Asking how much Mr Rees-Mogg pays his nanny, 71-year-old Mr Bone told the youngsters: “Daddy doesn’t pay her very much!

“Daddy says the minimum wage doesn’t count for anything!”

Mr Bone is friends with Jeremy Corbyn’s brother, Piers, and once claimed Andrew Fisher, a senior figure in the Labour leader’s office, supports their group, according to The Sun.

Propaganda site Guido Fawkes was quick to condemn the incident as a left wing ambush, and rabid Tory backbencher Nadine ‘Mad Nad’ Dorries leapt on the bandwagon by attributing it to “Corbyn cultists”. There was just one problem…

This problem:

Let us be perfectly clear: I am not happy with friends and relatives of a political figure being tarred by association with them. If you must condemn someone, it should be for what that person has done, not who they know or who their relatives happen to be.

So Mr Bone was wrong to involve Mr Rees-Mogg’s family.

But the newspapers – and commentators like Ms Dorries – were also wrong to falsely associate Mr Bone with Jeremy Corbyn, a man he doesn’t even like.

The media and the pundits came a cropper on this one. But I doubt they’ll think too hard about it before trying again.

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