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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Laura Carmichael, right, as Lady Edith

Review: Downton Abbey season 4 premiere - A fascinating insight into the quiet violence of the class system

ITV1 9pm: Fourth season lucky, I’ve been converted to this study of class

A group of artists enjoyed a month's free residency at a £22.5m property in Clarges Mews, Mayfair, before being evicted

Labour's plan to eject squatters won't fix Britain's broken housing system

It is the causes - not the symptoms - of the housing crisis that Labour needs to crush

Only a new wave of socialism can end the great squeeze on us all

We must break with the free market consensus established by Thatcher

Owen Jones: Under the disguise of fixing lobbying, this Bill will crush democratic protest

There is no question that British democracy is at the mercy of wealthy and corporate interests, but the Lobbying Bill takes aim at our hard-won freedoms instead

For the Syrians’ sakes and for our own, we must not intervene

The country’s nightmare looks as if it could not get worse. The truth is it could

My message to today’s A-level students: seize the future

Twice as many young people are jobless compared with my A-level year

Professor Richard Dawkins, 71, best known for being an atheist

Not in our name: Dawkins dresses up bigotry as non-belief - he cannot be left to represent atheists

His anti-Muslim tweet is only the latest in a catalogue of smears

I know it’s the summer holidays, Ed, but what is Labour’s message?

The failure to hammer home clear views has let the Tories set the terms of debate

Bradley Manning arrives for the start of the sixth week of his court martial trial at Fort Meade

Cleared of aiding the enemy, Bradley Manning still faces a lifetime in jail. The very least we owe this heroic man is a debate on US foreign policy

Manning revealed the sordid realities of  war that the armchair warriors want sanitised

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