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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Katie Hopkins attacks White Dee, calling her the 'patron saint of druggies and drop-outs'

Owen Jones on The Big Benefits Row: The Hopkinsisation of political discourse

Katie Hopkins's schtick is to repeat the mantra of mainstream politicians about people at the bottom of society, but with even fewer facts and more venom

Social and economic inequality blights Britain. Here's my nine-point manifesto for change

Owen Jones's 'Agenda for Hope': We want a fairer society – and here’s how we can achieve it

Social and economic inequality blights Britain. Here's my nine-point manifesto for change

Sorry, David Blunkett – but Russell Brand has a point

Politics seems abstract, completely removed from everyday life

Owen Jones: A visit by the leader of Hungary’s poisonous Jobbik party reminds us that we can’t just wish away anti-Semitism

This bigotry has clothed itself both as anti-capitalism and as anti-Communism

Paul O’Grady, is best known for his drag queen comedic alter ego, Lily Savage

Michael McIntyre? Can’t we give a chat show to Paul O’Grady instead?

He took on bigots dressed in drag  as Lily Savage in the 1980s. Now the comedian is speaking up for the plight of people on benefits

An open letter from Owen Jones to Ukip voters

I'm in far more agreement with you than your leaders are

Fungi and his dog in Channel 4's 'Benefits Street'

Benefits Street: A healthy media would stand up to the powerful and wealthy. Ours targets the poor and voiceless - Owen Jones

A long, slow handclap for TV executives turning communities against each other

Owen Jones: Footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has made a brave and commendable move in announcing he is gay

Football remains one of the great fortresses of homophobia

Unhappy? Just blame immigrants!

The cynically stirred-up anti-immigration campaign has a long history

How Ed Miliband can harness the right's tactics to bring in a wave of left-wing populism in 2014

Simple messages must be repeated ad infinitum, hammered into the electorate’s skulls

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