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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Trolls, Caroline Criado-Perez, and how to tackle the dark side of Twitter

The site should make it easier for users to report rape and death threats

The British Library: For aspiring misanthropes, it’s a ripe hunting ground

From students to shouters, the library offers a space like no other

Owen Jones: Cruel? Certainly. Unforgivable? Beyond doubt. But the Tories aren't actually evil

It would be easy to imagine a cabal of upper-class sadomasochists, plotting ever more devious ways to hunt children on council estates like foxes. But it misses the point

Owen Jones: For Tories, privatisation is still a matter of dogmatic faith

The breadth of opposition to Royal Mail privatisation is hardly surprising. Britons have endured a three-decade-long experiment of selling off our utilities and public services

This attack on Labour’s union links must not succeed

These union-bashers are beholden to private interests, and want Labour to be, too

What's killing Labour? A thousand failures to oppose the cuts

The party has not so much missed open goals as fled in the opposite direction

Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, with his wife Leslie

When anti-gay bigotry is just another lock on the closet

Is it surprising that those obsessed with gay sex may have a fondness for men?

The best way to fight the EDL's anti-Muslim bigotry is by showing solidarity on the streets

This racist group has been treated with a certain amount of indulgence by Britain's mainstream media. We need to drown them out

The People's Assembly will cohere the left - and finally give Labour some real competition

On June 22, thousands will convene in London demanding an alternative to austerity: it will not only be a show of force, but a launchpad for a missing force in British politics

The United States should be in the dock, not Bradley Manning

The whistleblower has allowed us to scrutinise the hidden realities of US power

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Are censors pandering to homophobia?

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Notes to self: Why do we like making lists?

Well it was good enough for Ancient Egyptians and Picasso...
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A good time to open a new restaurant in Hong Kong?

As pro-democracy demonstrators hold firm, chef Rowley Leigh, who's in the city to open a new restaurant, says you couldn't hope to meet a nicer bunch
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One of the finest one-day walks you could hope for - in Britain
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Five things we learnt from City’s Champions League draw at the Etihad
Martin Hardy: Mike Ashley must act now and end the Alan Pardew reign

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Ashley must act now and end Pardew's reign at Newcastle, says Martin Hardy
Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
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Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
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Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
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Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
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Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?