Owen Jones, asked by Dan Hodges if Britain should take out terrorists in Iraq replies: “Yes“.
Always said Owen liked to drone on…
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?
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:
“Corbyn is a decent, honourable and principled man. He has to make a decision, and so do his parliamentary opponents. Whatever happens with the leadership, he needs to set out a clear and coherent strategy about how exactly Labour can overcome its existential crisis. Since the byelection rout, he 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 in exchange for the guarantee of an MP from the new generation on the ballot paper who is committed to the policies that inspired Corbyn’s supporters in the first place. It is up to both Corbyn and the parliamentary Labour party. They should both be aware that history is a savage judge.
I understand the dilemma torturing so many who supported Corbyn. Lifelong commitment to a good and noble cause; fear that if Corbyn falls the cause will fall with him; yet fear that his project is failing badly and risks destroying the cause in any case. Not only the future of Labour but the future of this country depends on what the party decides. Either we become a country riddled with hatred and fear, a playground for billionaires, that slashes support for the working poor and disabled people, that runs down and flogs off the services we depend on; or a country run in the interests of the real wealth creators, working people.”
To paraphrase, either Corbyn stays and loses massively in 2020, destroying the hard-left for a generation, or he steps down and socialism lives to fight another day…
“by 2020 we need a younger leadership team that unites the left and centre-left around a clear and radical socialist programme… On the left in Britain we need to find a way for the left and centre left to co-exist within the same Labour team, to respect each other’s ideologies and combine their strengths… Corbyn’s lasting legacy should be to build all that…”
Owen Jones has reached tipping point:
I’ll do something this weekend on this, but this is not sustainable.
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) February 24, 2017
Mason and Jones are both close to Clive Lewis…
Owen Jones is a close comrade of Clive Lewis, there are even reports Owen has been sounding out Labour MPs about whether they’d back Clive as a future leader. Ellie Mae O’Hagan is a Guardian colleague of Jones and is also a big Clive Lewis fan – she has repeatedly praised Lewis as a “rising star in the Labour Party” and gave him a softball interview alongside Owen. Interesting that both Owen and Ellie Mae are twisting the knife into Corbyn tonight:
Fair to say these tweets from two high profile former Corbynistas, who backed Jez for the leadership, have gone down like a cup of sick with Labour moderates…
Owen Jones has been distancing himself from the Corbyn project for some time, a careful balancing act between maintaining his lefty street cred and his future career. He lost the plot with Guido last year for reporting his comments to a Spanish newspaper that Corbyn would “never win“. Now Owen has given Jez the bullet on the record:
“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. If there’s an election now Jeremy will go and a new leader will probably shift the party to the Right. He won’t last unless he turns things around… [He’d back a younger leader] able to keep Labour’s fractured coalition together.”
A very handy narrative for Owen’s ambitious mate Clive Lewis…
Owen Jones has lost faith…
“If the Leader of the Opposition is being reinvented in the New Year, appearing in public might be a good start.”
In August Owen Jones blasted Tom Watson for saying Momentum is ridden with Trots:
“The political significance of British Trotskyism is minimal… in the grand scheme of things, they are just irrelevant… There are too few Trotskyist activists to have any decisive impact on a party as big as Labour now is.”
Then in September Owen attacked Channel 4 for their exposé on Momentum Trots, saying the group have been:
“demonised by the media as a sinister rabble of Trotskyist infiltrators… Rather than being led by revolutionary disciples of Leon Trotsky, most of Momentum’s leaders aren’t really ideologues of any sort”
Today Owen says – wait for it – Momentum is ridden with Trotskyist entryists!
“Momentum is currently facing a takeover bid by Trotskyist sectarians. If they succeed, Momentum will be destroyed. The most prominent sectarian figures are embittered veterans of struggles from the 1970s and 80s, people who have only experienced defeat, and who won’t let an unexpected opportunity afforded by the seismic political developments of the last two years slip through their fingers. This is their last chance. They jump from organisation to organisation, and are adept at manipulating internal structures for their own advantage: sitting out long boring meetings, coordinating interventions, playing victim when it suits. They’re not interested in say, door-to-door campaigning, but rather in debating their obscure pet issues with long-winded interventions at meetings on a Thursday evening.”
So Owen was completely wrong all along, not that he’s going to admit that to readers of his Guardian column. Will he be apologising to Tom Watson and Channel 4?
Brexit minster David Jones has won the annual Welsh politician of the year award, a worthy winner and sensible appointment by Theresa May which helped allay a lot of Eurosceptic doubts about her government. It’s also a reflection of the clear majority of Welsh voters who backed Leave. The vast bulk of Labour-held council areas in Wales backed Brexit, some seats in the Valleys voted to Leave by a huge margin. All round it’s been a terrible year for Labour in Wales, they fell short of a majority on the Welsh Assembly as UKIP surged. Another reminder that Remain Labour MPs in Leave constituencies should be worrying. There were five awards for Welsh politicians at the event held in Cardiff last night. Owen Smith lost to Paul Flynn…
Owen Jones is always careful to temper his criticism of Jeremy Corbyn, it is bad for his brand if he is seen as disparaging the Corbyn project and he values his relationships in the leader’s office. Yet speaking to Spanish publication Contexto y Accion, Owen has been significantly more candid. The interview quotes him slamming Labour for going “missing” over Brexit, then delivering a withering conclusion about Corbyn himself:
“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.”
Another publicly supportive Corbynista journalist caught telling a Spanish lefty what they really think about Jezza – this is Owen Jones’ Paul Mason moment…
UPDATE: Owen says he was “mistranslated” by the Spanish publication and he is getting them to change their article. They did put the quote in the headline, which suggests they were pretty confident about it. No one expects the Spanish mistranslation…
You spend your entire adult life defending unionised workers and what do you get to show for it? Last night poor old Owen Jones was nearly knocked off his bike by a dangerous black cab driver, who then wound down the window and told him: “I f***ing love it when you cyclists die”.
By contrast last night Guido took an Uber home in peace, no grief from any self-entitled unionised loudmouth…
Curiously Paul Mason’s confidante to whom he slags off Corbyn is the Podemos’ foreign affairs chief, Pablo Bustinduy. Podemos is Spain’s radical left party, where we have just seen the ousting of the rival socialist party leader Pedro Sánchez by his own party. In Spain socialists can apparently organise a coup.
Mason is tweeting all manner of excuses and throwing up all kinds of diversory chaff to cover his embarrassment. His timeline is a joy to behold.
@paulmasonnews we still think you’re dead principled calling for us MPs to be deselected for saying in public what you say in private..
— John Woodcock (@JWoodcockMP) October 13, 2016
The ramifications of this for the Court of Corbyn are magnificent. Milne will now be able to cite Mason’s disloyalty and lack of faith as a means to marginalise him. McDonnell will seethe that an ally like Mason is now without doubt passing him over for the younger, prettier Clive Lewis to be Corbyn’s successor. After Unite’s internal elections in 2018 the expectation is that McCluskey, having secured his own re-election, will decide to flex Unite’s financial and organisational muscle to put someone more competent and electable in as Labour’s leader. That is what Owen Jones means when he caveats his support for Corbyn as conditional….
Labour’s anti-semitism inquiry author Shami Chakrabarti yesterday refused to answer in a J-TV interview whether or not Corbyn had offered her a gong. A far cry from April this year, when she directly told Owen Jones she thought it wasn’t “flattering” to be offered gongs “in exchange for your silence”:
“Yeah sometimes people will try to woo you, and that would be very flattering if the deal was ‘We’re gonna change our policy’. But it’s not flattering if at times there’s a suggestion that you would take various honours or jobs or whatever it is in exchange for your silence.”
Corbyn’s office have refused to deny they offered Chakrabarti a peerage, and Chakrabarti herself won’t deny it. She’s certainly remaining silent about that…