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 is how the Corbyn cultists behave. What scum bags. Leave his kids alone. https://t.co/mqXw4MhJqA
— Nadine Dorries 🇬🇧#StayAlert (@NadineDorries) September 12, 2018
Oh dear Nadine….Ian David Bone is a well known anarchist who despises the Labour Party, including Corbyn! This is what happens when you rely on Guido as a credible News source…..Embarrassing, Embarrassing, Embarrassing 👇 https://t.co/2LnMwrGjHp
— 🔥🎗Socialist Sam🍀🎗🔥Fight4Assange🔥 (@SamanthaPippin7) September 13, 2018
And this was #ClassWar. Ian Bone. They are nothing to do with Labour & are on record as hating Corbyn. Just for clarity.
I agree. There’s no call for that. He’s their Dad. Whatever people suffer from Tory Policy it’s not the fault of his children.
— Patrick🕸 (@STILLTish) September 12, 2018
This person is a liar. He's been informed that those involved are anarchists who do not support the Labour party at all, yet he refuses to change his comment or apologise. https://t.co/5kMbRgEgeC
— Revolution Breeze (@suejonessays) September 15, 2018
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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