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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Nick Ross, you are dangerous and misguided

Rape is rape. There are no mitigating circumstances or shades of grey

Farewell, Shameless. Your heirs have work to do

The undeserving poor – the feckless, the workshy, the scrounging – are the exception, not the norm. If only our television screens reflected that

Questions: Eric Schmidt is lying low after the PAC branded his firm 'devious'

The moral case on tax avoidance is overwhelming - and we all know Google wants to do the right thing

There is nothing law-breaking about tax avoidance and this is of course the point. The law is rigged in favour of the wealthy and the state is at the service of the rich

Britons are lazy? Don’t let Boris get away with that

It's not 'sloth' that ruined this country's economy, whatever Boris Johnson may say, but it is another of the Seven Deadly Sins. So let’s aim fire at greed

A common sense policy to create jobs and combat what ails Britain

Britain ought to be constructing 230,000 homes a year to meet the demand

Don't be fooled: Iain Duncan Smith’s attack on pensioners is really an attack on all of us

This is where the shredding of universalism ends up, promoting poisonous ideas of the 'undeserving poor' and the further destruction of Britain’s social cohesion

Our shameful hierarchy - some deaths matter more than others

Why is the slaughter in Boston more shocking or newsworthy than the deaths in Iraq?

Margaret Thatcher's funeral was a political broadcast

We all deserve a dignified send-off. Instead, this occasion was hijacked and turned into a state-endorsed celebration of a legacy bitterly detested by millions

Our hate figures and heroes are mere surfers on the tide of history

From Thatcher to Mandela - history is not one grand soap opera, in which the characters at the top pull huge levers that dictate the fate of millions

Thatcherism was a national catastrophe that still poisons us

We are in the midst of the third great economic collapse since the Second World War: all three have taken place since Thatcherism launched its great crusade

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