Conservative MP for Harlow Robert Halfon claimed that “Corbynistas” are encouraging behaviour like that of the anarchist who harassed Jacob Rees-Mogg outside his home.
On Tuesday, activist Ian Bone, a prolific anarchist who started the anti-establishment movement and newspaper Class War in the 1980s, ambushed Rees-Mogg and his children outside their London home, saying: “Your daddy is a totally horrible person”.
“I understand this guy is called Mr Bone, he’s clearly a bit of a bonehead,” Halfon told Julia Hartley-Brewer.
“I think he’s written on his blog, according to newspaper reports, that he’s a professional demonstrator paid for by dole money, by taxpayers.”
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“He’s very concerned about the value of the minimum wage, he’s given statements before about how he didn’t see why he should ever have to work and he wanted to be a full time class agitator,” added Hartley-Brewer.
In 2006, Bone told The Guardian: “I never thought about having a job or a career. Jobs and material possessions have never loomed large in my life."
“You said he’s a bonehead,” Hartley-Brewer continued. “Are you not going down to his level by resorting to that sort of language?
“I love demonstrations, I love our democracy, i think they’re one of the greatest [things] in the world,” said Halfon, and went on to praise how the nanny, 75-year-old Veronica Crook, handled the situation.
“To turn up at home and shout at the kids and the nanny - in fact, the nanny is a hero, if she was standing for leader with Brenda from Bristol [the woman who went viral for responding to news of the 2017 election by saying “Not another one!”], our country would probably be in good shape,” Halfon added.
Hartley-Brewer brought up the time that Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said he wanted Tory MPs to be “challenged”.
At the trade unions’ Unite The Resistance conference in 2012, he said in a speech: “I want to be in a situation where no Tory MP, no coalition minister can travel anywhere in the country, show their face anywhere in the country, without being challenged by direct action." Watch the video above.
“Corbynistas are encouraging all this,” said Halfon.
“You’ve seen this seepage of antisemitism inside the Labour Party, you’ve seen the extreme attacks on MPs, whether it’s on social media or quite aggressive actions.”