Owen Jones’ Stalin Poster

Aging left-wing pin-up Owen Jones tells Richard Bacon “there might come a time” when he runs for parliament, but “I wouldn’t end up as a minister”. No chance of the latter happening in the next 15 years, by which time he’ll be nearing 50.

Accosted by fans, the left’s poster boy was then intriguingly asked if he had a poster of Stalin on his bedroom wall. Laughing nervously, Owen half-jokingly replied that it “got taken down for some reason”. Teenage Owen was a Stalin fanboy, after all…

Venezuela Forced to Fly In Planeloads of Cash

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Time for another update from the socialist paradise of Venezuela, where things aren’t looking too swell. The South American state, beloved of Owen, Diane, Seumas, Jezza et al, is suffering such hyper-inflation that it is having to fly in planeloads of increasingly worthless money to prop up its tanking economy. President Nicolas Maduro has been forced to import 5 billion bank notes in a fleet of 747s. The Bolivar is now at 1,000 to the dollar…

What was that Corbyn said only last year?

“When we celebrate, and it is a cause for celebration, the achievements of Venezuela, in jobs, in housing , in health, in education, but above all its role in the whole world as a completely different place, then we do that because we recognise what they have achieved.”

Hala Jez, hala Nicolas!

Jess Phillips Promises to Knife Corbyn “In the Front”

Jess Phillips warns Corbyn to look over his shoulder in an interview with Owen Jones this morning:

“I would do anything that I felt was going to make the Labour Party win the next election… The day it becomes that you are hurting us more than you are helping us: I won’t knife you in the back, I’ll knife you in the front.”

Pretty sure that day came on September 12…

Owen Jones’ 14 Day Anti-Austerity U-Turn

Back in October, Owen Jones wrote this for the Guardian:

“Labour have to make ‘austerity’ tangible,” Owen wrote. It’s a theme he has written about week in, week out. This year alone he has claimed:

So keen is Owen on “the anti-austerity message” that he helped set up and remains a key backer of the “People’s Assembly Against Austerity” campaign group. So imagine Guido’s surprise at reading Owen’s latest piece for the Guardian:

Labour has to abandon anti-austerity – a term that has never really resonated with the public, despite the left’s best efforts – in favour of being pro something else… If Labour can answer these questions, it will be in a far better position: able to commit to higher wages, reduced spending on social security without throttling working families, rebalancing the economy, preparing the country for future shocks, and having a positive vision rather than simply being against Osborne’s failure… the real answer is not to gloat over his bungled mess, but to find a positive alternative that inspires the country. Over to you, Labour.”

Labour has to abandon anti-austerity? Reduce spending on welfare? Who are you and what have you done with the real Owen Jones?

Owen Jones Tries Out “Kinder Politics” on Twitter

A Tory voter broke down on Question Time last night over the cuts to tax credits, sending much of Twitter into schadenfreude frenzy.

Owen Jones, quite correctly, pointed out that these are the people who Labour should “throw everything” at:

But his minions weren’t having any of it.


A new, kinder politics…

Friday Caption Contest: Gun Nut Edition

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Entries in the comments please…

Cameron’s Speech: Left Wing Commentariat Reacts

Not only did the PM’s speech go down a storm with his Tory colleagues, but it appears also to be winning plaudits from the left-wing twitterati:

Why don’t they just join the Tories?

The Great Socialist Train Robbery

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Socialist luminary and prominent member of the 1% Owen Jones has been spotted nationalising a cup of tea from an unmanned train buffet cart. On the train up to Tory Conference after asking Helen Chandler-Wilde, a Henley councillor, if she was going to make the tea, Owen decided they could wait no longer for the tardy unionised attendant to arrive to sell them a brew. Instead he went behind the counter and made two cuppas himself for the both of them. The people’s Ronnie Biggs…

However as soon as Owen redistributed tea, the heat was around the corner, with his companion informing Guido that:

At this point, the train guard came in and threatened both of us with arrest as he had CCTV. I then declared it as the People’s Revolution of Teamaking against privatised train services. It was all fun and larks, especially Owen’s ‘I haven’t done anything!’ face to the guard, whilst carrying two cups of tea and standing behind the counter.

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He must have been really Jonesing for a cup of tea!

Owen Jones: It’s Right to Apologise For Supporting IRA

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Corbynista columnist Owen Jones distanced himself from John McDonnell’s “bombs and bullets” IRA comments on the Daily Politics, saying there was no defence for supporting violence:

“There is no defence for any support for the IRA whatsoever. Apologising for it was absolutely the right thing to do.”

Regular readers will remember that Owen’s views on the IRA weren’t always so clear. In fact, a young Owen once wrote:

I militarily support the IRA against the British State”

Good to see both McDonnell and OJ have changed their views…

Meanwhile DUP leader Nigel Dodds tore McDonnell a new one:

As Dodds says, McDonnell “had no role whatsoever in the peace process… these remarks were in 2003, the Belfast Agreement was in 1998…”

Guardian Grumbles Over #Jones4Jez

More than one Portcullis House onlooker noted Owen Jones working the atrium with Corbyn fixer John McDonnell and Jezza’s son on Wednesday afternoon. Whispers from the Guardian newsroom suggest the paper – which backed Cooper – is less than delighted by his overt support for Corbyn during the last few weeks. “He’s never pretended to be a journalist, he’s an activist who writes a column”, says one Kings Place source: “I haven’t seen him in the office for ages“. They point to Owen being on stage and sitting next to Corbyn at nearly all of his most recent rallies. Meanwhile it is being mooted in mischievous Labour circles that OJ might make it official and take a job on Jez’s team once the revolution comes. Surely a very severe case of gallows humour… 

Owen Jones v Peter Hitchens on the Socialist “Disease”

They got on famously…

Owen Jones Wouldn’t Serve Under Corbyn

Liz Kendall turned the tables on Owen Jones in his latest video, asking the baby faced Guardian columnist if he would serve under Jeremy Corbyn.

Liz “Would you take a job in Jeremy Corbyn’s office?”

Owen “No. No.”

Owen also confirmed to Liz Kendall Guido’s revelation that he was asked to stand to be a Labour MP in the last election. Guido understood that Tom Watson asked him to stand against Nick Clegg in Sheffield. Instead Owen led a throng of left-wingers to knock on doors in the constituency, ensuring that the Tory voters took fright and voted for Nick Clegg in droves to keep Labour out… 

In any event, Owen understandably wouldn’t want to take the pay-cut

Toby Young versus Owen Jones on Entryism

No, Corbynmania is Not “Sweeping the Nation”

“A movement is born,” claimed Jezza’s unofficial PR man Owen Jones last week: “across the nation, in every village and town and city you can see this movement emerging”. The hyperbole is even more generous in Owen’s interview with the man himself today: “in the last few weeks Corybnmania has swept across the country”.[…] Read the rest

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Owen Jones: Then and Now

Owen Jones, 4 May 2015: “Russell Brand has endorsed Labour – and the Tories should be worried.”

Owen Jones, 4 August 2015: “The Right are mocking Jeremy Corbyn because they fear him.”

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…[…] Read the rest

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Owen Jones: Lie-RA

Fresh from telling the Sinn Fein summer school to “take inspiration” from the Easter Rising, in which 466 died and 2,217 civilians were wounded, Owen Jones, under criticism on Twitter, claimed to his critics: “I vehemently oppose all IRA violence and have never expressed any support for it”.[…] Read the rest

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Sinn Fein Should “Take Inspiration” From Armed Uprising

First Corbyn hosted Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness in parliament, now Red Jez’s number one media cheerleader has taken some time off from the campaign to attend Sinn Fein’s “Summer School”. According to Sinn Fein/IRA party newspaper An Phoblacht, OJ told a Shinners panel discussion in Cork that Sinn Fein are “social progressives” and that they should “take inspiration” from the Easter Rising.[…] Read the rest

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Douglas Carswell v Owen Jones

Douglas Carswell wasn’t going to let Owen Jones get away with saying “I want to pay more tax”…

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Media Bitch Fight of the Week: Owen on Owen

Our generation’s Owen Bennett took on our generation’s George Orwell on Sky this afternoon:

“The thing for Owen Jones, and I think it’s wonderful that his career’s going so well that he’s now in the top 1% of earners in this country, but people like us who actually care how they’re gonna pay the bills need a government that’s based in the centre ground…”

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Rich and Famous: Owen Jones Joins the 1%

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Political books don’t often sell that well: the latest book charts show that this year Alex Salmond flogged 12,815 copies of his memoir, while Polly Toynbee clocked up 11,178 for her rantings, which will keep her in Prosecco for a while yet even if she has had to sell the villa in Umbria.[…] Read the rest

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