Got a spare £52 left after conference season? You could always splurge it on a column writing lesson taught by Owen Jones, who is hosting a private masterclass for the few not the many. The ad for the three-hour session to be held at the Guardian‘s offices next month promises:
“Whatever your point of view, award-winning Guardian columnist Owen Jones can help you to turn your knowledge and passion into a persuasive argument.”
Well, Owen has been known to change his tune…
This will include:
“A look at different narrative approaches, from the contrarian to the activist-columnist and the voice-of-reason”
The voice-of-reason indeed…
— BBC News Press Team (@BBCNewsPR) 27 September 2017
Tough day at The Canary: the Corbynista site’s latest Laura Kuenssberg bashing piece has provoked widespread ridicule. The site claimed: “We need to talk about Laura Kuenssberg. She’s listed as a speaker at the Tory Party conference.” Except Laura K wasn’t listed as a speaker, she was merely ‘invited’ – and indeed she had declined the offer. Rather than put a call in to the BBC to check, the Canary published and let their misleading story go viral. Their comrades at Evolve Politics went with it as well. Amusingly, dozens of complaints have been received by the Impress regulator…
Some journalists are speaking at Tory conference though. Owen Jones, for example. He’s not only invited but is a confirmed speaker at two events. We need to talk about Owen Jones. He’s listed as a speaker at the Tory Party Conference…
— The Guardian (@guardian) September 19, 2017
Owen Jones channels David Brent in the cringe-inducing first 30 seconds of this interview with Bad Al Campbell. “You’ve gotta plan for things have you? Like Iraq?”
Back in July 2015 Owen Jones wrote an article for the Guardian headlined: “The left must now campaign to leave the EU”. He argued the left must “reclaim the Eurosceptic cause” and “run its own separate campaign and try and win ownership of the issue”, writing: “Such a populist campaign could help the left reconnect with working-class communities it lost touch with long ago… The case for Lexit grows ever stronger, and – at the very least – more of us need to start dipping our toes in the water”. Like Corbyn and McDonnell before him, Owen positioned himself as a left-wing “Lexiteer” who saw the EU as a bosses’ union…
Brexit is a mess caused by the disastrous attempts of the Tory Party to put its partisan interests ahead of the nation’s interests. (1/)
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) August 27, 2017
These days Owen is a strident opponent of Brexit, telling his Twitter followers “I don’t like Brexit” and “I think Brexit is bad”. Today he was on Sky decrying the outcome he promoted just two years ago as a “mess” caused by the Tories:
Owen Jones launched a crowdfunding campaign during the general election called the ‘Stop a Tory Landslide Fund’. The Crowdpac page used to solicit donations records that a healthy £28,258 was raised. The clear impression from that page and the accompanying video is that the cash was to be urgently put towards the campaign: “We will donate this money to Labour MPs who are under threat from the Tories to help them keep their seats… time is running out.” An impressive crowdfunding effort…
So imagine Guido’s surprise to see that Labour MPs received only £15,000 from Owen’s Stop a Tory Landslide Fund during the second quarter of the year. The official data, released by the Electoral Commission this morning, records only three donations from Stop a Tory Landslide. These were to Lancaster and Fleetwood, Nottingham South, and Ealing Central and Acton CLPs, who each received £5,000. What happened to the remaining £13,258?
Political donations are so closely monitored that there must be an innocent explanation for this. Maybe the missing money is yet to be donated, being held back for the next election. After all, Labour is in ‘permanent campaign’ mode – although donors were not told that by Owen at the time. Or maybe the crowdfunding page is overstating the actual amount raised. Perhaps Owen can help clear it up…
UPDATE: Guido is happy to report that Owen says “The rest was donated to the campaigns, not CLPs, of Clive Lewis and Rosena Allin-Khan, who’ve declared on Register of Members’ Interests.”
Owen Jones has stood up dozens of Corbynista comrades by ditching a Momentum training day in order to present his own show on LBC instead. Yesterday the radio station confirmed to Media Guido that Jones will sit in for Maajid Nawaz on Saturday, but wouldn’t comment on rumours he is being lined up for a permanent slot. Now it transpires Jones was already booked to lead a North Wales Momentum training session this weekend, but has chosen the glamour of live radio over Llandudno Labour Club, leaving his comrades in the lurch. A message to Momentum members reads:
“To all those who have seen that Owen Jones is doing a radio show on LBC on the Saturday that he should be doing our training session, I can only apologise. We have had no notice of this. I am trying to get in contact with Momentum HQ for an explanation (and maybe someone to replace Jones), but I don’t expect to have a reply until tomorrow. So sorry to disappoint everyone.”
The advert for the training day had promised:
“Momentum’s now famous “Bernie Sanders” training, and Owen Jones will be helping out! Owen will then come doorstep campaigning with us in the afternoon in Llandudno, so we can practice what we have learned.”
Momentum activists, who have paid £3 a ticket for the event, had a mixed reaction. One commented:
“That man will never turn down an opportunity for publicity. Get someone whose loyalty is more solid.”
Owen Jones will sit in for Maajid Nawaz on LBC over the next two weeks, the radio station confirmed to Media Guido this afternoon. Jones will present Nawaz’s weekend shows, which are broadcast between 12-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The station did not comment on rumours that the arrangement is a sign that Jones is being lined up for a permanent slot. You can’t storm off when it’s your own show…
Kate Andrews schooled Chavista Cheerleader-in-Chief Owen Jones last night on Sky. He came close to losing his rag – again…
Incidentally Owen did not tell the truth about the other socialst Latin American regimes; Uruguay, Bolivia and Ecuador have had falling GDP per capita for the last 2 years, they’re all getting poorer under socialism. Ow-end…
This photoshopped Daily Mail front page is so obviously a fake no self-respecting journalist could possibly fall for it, right? Wrong…
Wrong typeface, a photo the Mail have used on a splash before, a tone they would never use, and a message they would be very unlikely to endorse.
You’d expect Galloway to be dense enough to fall for it, Owen really should know better…
Owen Jones has been aggressively hounding Corbyn’s critics over the last few days, and touring the television studios professing his undying love for the dear leader. Superficially Corbynistas might smile when they meet Owen, they might welcome his support online. Privately they have never forgiven him for betraying the Corbyn project. As recently as last week Owen wanted Clive Lewis to replace Corbyn as leader after the election. The Leader’s Office and the Corbynite grassroots know the truth, they know his conversion back to their cause is about little more than his career, him staying relevant and keeping those TV appearances coming. This is what Owen Jones really thinks about Jeremy Corbyn…
- “Jeremy Corbyn, a person who will never win a British general election… I know him personally and I know he never wanted to be leader; It was presented as a sense of obligation. He never anticipated this result and now leads the party without having any experience.” (Contexto y Accion, November 2016)
- “The Left has failed badly. I’d find it hard to vote for Corbyn… They have made lots of bad mistakes. There’s been a lack of strategy, communication, vision.” (Evening Standard, February 2017)
- “Since the by-election rout, [Corbyn] has made it clear he isn’t going anywhere without even offering the vaguest outlines about how to turn it around. That isn’t good enough: again, consider the stakes. Both he and his team have to think hard. If Corbyn decides he is unable to confront the multiple existential crises enveloping Labour, then an agreement should be struck where he can stand down…” (Guardian, March 2017)
- “My passionate and sincere view is Jeremy Corbyn should stand down as soon as possible in exchange for another left-wing MP being allowed to stand on for leadership in his place: all to stop both Labour and the left imploding, which is what is currently on the cards.” (Medium, March 2017)
- “Yes, it’s true that Labour has won all its by-elections since Jeremy Corbyn became leader, and increased majorities. But in his first year, the picture was the same with Ed Miliband. Neither did Corbyn do as badly in the local elections as was predicted. But Labour still lost seats — unprecedented for an the main opposition party for decades …” (Medium, July 2016)
- “Corbyn’s acceptance speech — his first attempt to address the country — lacked coherence and had no core message to connect to people outside of the left’s bubble. He then disappeared for several days (with notable exceptions like walking in silence as a reporter followed him) while the press (inevitably) viciously attacked him, except to turn up to a war memorial and fail to sing the national anthem.” (Medium, March 2017)
- “I’m somebody who campaigned for Corbyn, I’m a left-wing journalist. But I’m genuinely not clear on the policies being offered. It seems as though Ed Miliband presented his policies as less left-wing than they actually were, and now the current leadership presents them as more left-wing than they actually are.” (Medium, July 2016)
- “When I asked Jeremy Corbyn in my recent interview what his strategy was, he came up with some sensible starting points… The problem is — that’s the first I’ve heard of it… There’s no point having a vision unless it is repeated ad infinitum, rather than being offered after being prompted: it will go over everyone’s head.“(Medium, July 2016)
- “Most people don’t give a toss about politics on an every day basis. A bad image of a new politician at an early stage is tough to shift.” (Twitter, September 2015)
- “As Jeremy Corbyn is surrounded by cheering crowds, Labour generally, and the left specifically, are teetering on the edge of looming calamity.” (Medium, July 2016)
Owen has issued a mea culpa to Corbyn, claiming that conversations with anti-Corbyn journalists and Labour members made him have a bit of a wobble. It was not just a wobble. Time and time again, throughout the whole duration of Corbyn’s leadership after Owen wasn’t brought into the inner circle in 2015, he has condemned Corbyn, argued for him to stand down, undermined him and helped those plotting against him. Corbynites know the truth about Owen, he isn’t really one of them…
Guido knows quite a few right-wing journalists and as well as people at CCHQ, none of whom are panicking. So Owen’s now deleted tweets were not congruent with Guido’s sources. Could it be that Owen is looking for new sources?
Guido hears Owen Jones has been complaining bitterly to friends that Team Corbyn and Team McDonnell are shutting him out, not replying to his calls and not letting him interview them. He is apparently upset and baffled that this is happening…
Maybe it’s because he publicly lost faith in Jeremy being the Messiah and has been trying to talk up Clive Lewis as a future prospect? Just a thought…
Owen Jones, asked by Dan Hodges if Britain should take out terrorists in Iraq replies: “Yes“.
Always said Owen liked to drone on…
Bigotry was once perceived to be refusing people a job on the basis of their skin colour, not allowing women to go to university and jailing individuals because of whom they loved. Now the social media addled snowflake generation thinks it is putting pictures of people on the front page and daring to comment on their appearance. If that is bigotry then everyone who comments on how someone looks is a bigot. Which somewhat devalues the charge.
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) September 4, 2011
Apart from Owen Jones – who judges his own legs – everybody in politics knows they are to some extent judged by voters on their appearance. Politicians know this, newspapers know this, any popular journalist worth their salt would have looked at that picture and thought “story”. The Daily Mail did it because they thought it would be of interest to their readers. That is why they ran it.
The Daily Mail not only has more female readers than male readers (52% to 48%), it has more female readers than any other British paper. The picture was not about the sexual objectification of women, it was a story about the body language and appearance of two powerful women, written to appeal to women readers. That some feminists seem to think that it was aimed at getting men to ogle two middle-aged women in conservative business attire explains a lot about those feminists.
In reality most people outside the politico-media echo chamber would think the Mail’s front page unremarkable. Now some idiot has reported the Daily Mail to IPSO. For commenting on a picture, which is clearly not a breach of the editor’s code. What a monumental waste of time.
Taking a break from social media (except to post articles and videos) because, well: https://t.co/1rZupLlrVm
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) 11 March 2017
Owen Jones today announces he is “taking a break” from social media because he is finding it “a) totally unproductive and b) frankly just completely and utterly depressing.” In an extraordinary Facebook post aimed at the hard left, Jones wrote this morning:
“On a daily basis I have angry strangers yelling at me, on the one hand, that I’m responsible for the destruction of the Labour Party, and on the other, I’m a right-wing sellout careerist who’s allied to Tony Blair and possibly in the pay of the Israeli government (and that I’m a Blairite c*** who needs to go fuck myself, and so on and so forth)…
“Both my parents are staunch supporters of Jeremy Corbyn; they’re leading members of their local Momentum branch. They don’t agree with lots of what I’ve said. Unlike the increasingly frothing keyboard warriors, neither doubts for a second that what I says comes from the heart…
“I’m just wasting my life. I wouldn’t choose to walk every day into a room full of total strangers screaming mindless abuse and making up what I think and what my motives are, but in a sense that’s what I’m currently doing.”
Labour is tearing itself apart in cyberspace…
Kate Osamor on the struggles of Owen Jones:
“Owen has said a lot of things about what he wanted… You [Jones] are used to writing. And commentating. And reading. And looking through a lense… A lot of that is because he’s an academic, it’s not because he actually understands what struggle is.”
Owen Jones’ conversion to the Corbyn-sceptic cause has gone down like a cup of cold sick. Labour moderates see him as one of the guilty men who helped Corbyn win the leadership, now trying to distance himself from the project to save his own credibility. The leader’s office know he is a fair-weather friend – Jones was once John McDonnell’s bag-carrier but that relationship is far cooler than it once was. Owen’s repeated suggestions that it’s all gone wrong because they didn’t take his advice is particularly irritating those close to Corbyn. The Corbynista grassroots see him as a traitor. As Jones looks to salvage his media career and his reputation in the Labour Party, can he come back from these 10 quotes below?
- “So come on, Labour MPs. Put your future careers aside for party and national interest. Lend Corbyn a nomination, and let a real debate begin.” (The Guardian, June 2015)
- “A movement is born, across the nation, in every village and town and city you can see this movement emerging.” (YouTube, August 2015)
- “Corbynmania has swept across the country.” (The Guardian, August 2015)
- “The Right are mocking Jeremy Corbyn because they fear him.” (New Statesman, August 2015)
- “Corbynmania at least has the potential to be the beginning of a democratic renaissance.” (The Guardian, September 2015)
- “After the most open and democratic contest in Labour’s history… this man now has the biggest mandate of any Labour leader in history. A disclaimer: I’m someone who has actively backed his campaign, and spoken at some of his rallies.” (The Guardian, September 2015)
- “It was a moment that moved me. Rohi Malik, the young medical student who introduced Jeremy Corbyn, encapsulated the quiet desperation of many of the young people swept up by “Corbynmania” for a more hopeful politics.” (The Guardian, September 2015)
- “Momentum… is being portrayed by the media and others as a sinister force to purge the Labour Party and terrorise anyone that disagrees, but that is certainly not the motive of the key people who have been driving the whole thing.” (YouTube, December 2015)
- “Corbyn has completely relaunched his leadership, what a torrid year, everything thrown at him, the media, the PLP… a lot of people would have wilted under that pressure, [he’s] more confident, more assured than ever, it’s just a good speech… it took the fight to the Tories, this will please a lot of people – myself included – worried about where the leadership has been” (YouTube, September 2016)
- “MPs should accept more democratic involvement by a mass membership they should see as an opportunity, not a threat. Corbyn’s most ideological opponents should also take time to reflect on their own failures.” (The Guardian, September 2016)
For many in Labour, it is too little too late from a journalist-cum-activist who wholeheartedly backed “Corbynmania” from the beginning…
After the Copeland result Owen Jones warned “this is not sustainable” and promised to write a Guardian column on Corbyn and Labour over the weekend. Well, it has just gone out – Owen tells Corbyn to consider a handover “agreement” to a younger left-wing Labour pretender:
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“Corbyn is a decent, honourable and principled man.