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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The Left should learn about plain speaking from George Galloway

The Right is better at communicating because it uses stories so much

What a tragedy that we couldn't stop the war in Iraq despite marching in our thousands

Forget the expenses scandal: it was Iraq that exploded what trust millions had in our political establishment. But the real anguish lies elsewhere.

Campaigners celebrate outside Parliament

Equal marriage: As we celebrate, let's not forget those who fought to get us here

And countless centuries of bigotry haven't disappeared with one fell swoop

Equal Marriage: A reminder of historic sacrifices could not calm frothing critics

Parliamentarians on the side of progress made a passionate case against prejudice

The bedroom tax is just the latest assault on our poorest citizens

The Government needs to demonise its victims as state dependent leeches

What my generation can learn from the Holocaust

We should recall that hatred continues to be fanned against entire peoples, and that man is capable of both wonderful benevolence and unspeakable horrors

British politics urgently needs a new force - a movement on the Left to counter capitalism's crisis

If a new, networked movement of the Left could agree on some key principles, and avoid creating another battleground for ultra-left sects, it could give a voice to millions

The war in Libya was seen as a success, now here we are engaging with the blowback in Mali

Our Government and media may often ignore the price of Western interventions, but in future conflicts and fuel for radical Islamist groups, it is still paid nonetheless.

David Cameron's invocation in the Commons of Michael Winner amuses George Osborne - while Nick Clegg looks less impressed

The Welfare Bill: A government of millionaires just made the poor poorer - and laughed as they did it

A brutal assault from ideologically-crazed demagogues comes down to this: you have been mugged and therefore your less deserving neighbour should be mugged too.

The Tories intend going on and on. Labour needs a radical alternative

David Cameron has announced he plans to continue in power until 2020

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The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
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150 years after it was outlawed...

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It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
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Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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