Owen Jones

Owen Jones is a columnist for The Independent. He was born in Sheffield and grew up in Stockport. After graduating, he worked as a trade union and parliamentary researcher. His first book, 'Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class', was published in June 2011. He is currently working on his second book, on the British Establishment, for Penguin.

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Owen Jones: The hypocrisy of the Great Powers is on display again in Ukraine

We should look in the mirror before condemning Russian expansionism

Thatcher as she appeared on Spitting Image

Owen Jones: Give us Spitting Image back!

Now we're living in a satirical deficit - and politicians are getting off the hook

The Venezuelan people have taken to the streets in huge numbers against a human rights-abusing regime

Owen Jones: Socialism’s critics look at Venezuela and say, ‘We told you so’. But they are wrong

The democratic credentials of the post-Chavez government are being maligned

A new phenomenon of self-unemployment needs investigation

Owen Jones: The reality behind the job stats

A new phenomenon of self-unemployment needs investigation

This all-too silent pandemic urgently needs to be addressed

Owen Jones: The drug we ignore that kills thousands

This all-too silent pandemic urgently needs to be addressed, and that means dealing with the lack of funding for dealing with alcohol compared with other drugs

Channel 4’s controversial ‘Benefits Street’ highlights a need for ‘regular reviews of standards’

Owen Jones: My latest battle to stop the demonising of people on benefits

Another Monday, another rowdy TV ‘discussion’ in the wake of Benefits Street

Owen Jones: Tristram Hunt was bang out of order to cross a picket line…and his party is guilty of not standing up for workers’ rights

Labour is savaged for being funded by the biggest democratic movement

Owen Jones: Beware the Ukip beast of the North

There is a chasm between Ukip leaders and their voters

Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat Chief Treasury Secretary,  has written to Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland (pictured), to warn him about an average £1,000 rise in income tax per person

Owen Jones: What a fairer Scotland would look like

Despite its progressive rhetoric, the SNP would hand big business a mighty cheque

Owen Jones: Would you really trust a Met officer to wield a water cannon?

I've got a few other riot-suppressing tactics they might try first

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