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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Sexual violence is not a cultural phenomenon in India - it is endemic everywhere

Cases are not discussed nearly enough for how prevalent the crimes are

The strange death of Labour Scotland

Working class and young voters need to be inspired again. Somebody should grab the Labour leadership by the lapels and tell them to be more radical

Plebgate: If the police can do this to a Government minister, what hope is there for black kids from Brixton?

No black man could yell obscenities at the police without being promptly handcuffed

As opinion polls give Ukip a boost, it's time to ask what Britain's third party really wants

Like many political figures, in private Ukip leader Nigel Farage is charming, playful and witty - but his views are political poison

Labour's U-turn on equal marriage: why is equality for minority groups a matter of conscience?

The party should not be making an issue of equality and civil rights a question of conscience, but one of principle

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement has left the poorest and the richest households in the country bearing the brunt of austerity measures and service cuts

Against George Osborne's war on the poor and the vile stupidity of his 'workers vs shirkers' narrative

Amid talk of setting political traps for Labour, the Chancellor of the Exchequer used his Autumn Statement to attack many of the most vulnerable people in our society

Tragic deaths that demand a better response than I witnessed

Even as mental distress and the risk of suicide soar, support is being slashed.

The cosy consensus I saw on Question Time's panel is a disservice to every man and woman in Britain

Given how thirsty the electorate is for anything that counters the sterility of Westminster, the rewards for a party that has the courage to speak out will be huge

Students and campaigners march through the streets of London to protest against higher tuition fees

In Britain as in Europe, the protests against austerity have failed. We have to try another way

What our columnist calls the Great Reverse - a slide in general wellbeing married with a removal of rights that have been won over decade - deserves a robust response

Most child abuse occurs in the home and local community

Newsnight and the BBC might have screwed up, but the real victims of this are being forgotten - again

In a rush to condemn the BBC it seems one of the most horrendous cases of child abuse is being overlooked

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