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Pensioner Ian Bone of Class War has been protesting about gentrification and social cleansing since the 80s. Bone’s real stick is his words. His attitude. His joy at pointing to obvious wrongs and asking us which side we are on. “I hate dull lefties,” he tells me. “All the miserabilism.” He likes action and shock. And swearing. Bone’s stance has always been about having a laugh along the way to smashing it all up. His father was a butler. His family grew up “in service”. “So I grew up bitter and resentful with a chip on my shoulder,” he tells me gleefully. When he was 15 he wrote off to an address that he found in Punch to find out more about anarchism. “I believed in chaos,” he said. “I then panicked for weeks. I thought they might send round a bearded person.” Since then, of course, he has realised that anarchists are just not that efficient. Underneath all the sloganeering though, Bone has been protesting about social cleansing all his life. He led “poor doors” protests in the East End in 2014. “If you gro

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  • Pensioner Ian Bone of Class War has been protesting about gentrification and social cleansing since the 80s. Bone’s real stick is his words. His attitude. His joy at pointing to obvious wrongs and asking us which side we are on. “I hate dull lefties,” he tells me. “All the miserabilism.” He likes action and shock. And swearing. Bone’s stance has always been about having a laugh along the way to smashing it all up. His father was a butler. His family grew up “in service”. “So I grew up bitter and resentful with a chip on my shoulder,” he tells me gleefully. When he was 15 he wrote off to an address that he found in Punch to find out more about anarchism. “I believed in chaos,” he said. “I then panicked for weeks. I thought they might send round a bearded person.” Since then, of course, he has realised that anarchists are just not that efficient. Underneath all the sloganeering though, Bone has been protesting about social cleansing all his life. He led “poor doors” protests in the East End in 2014. “If you gro


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