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Owen Jones

Owen Jones (Sheffield, 1984) is a writer and journalist. He is a columnist for The Guardian and was previously a contributor to The Independent and to the magazine New Statesman. His critical comments on British politics have appeared in numerous international media and publications close to the Labour party, and he has worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, Sky and Channel 4 and different national radio stations. After graduating in History from the University College of Oxford, where he earned his M.A. in History of the United States, he worked as a parliamentary researcher and trade union lobbyist for the Labour Party, aiming to seek improved rights for the working class. His first book, Chavs: la demonización de la clase obrera (Capitán Swing, 2012) is a dissection of the process of dismantling of Britain’s Welfare State – which he conceives as arising from the Thatcher Years and Tony Blair’s New Labour. The book was well received by critics and has allowed him to establish himself as one of the most important and influential young thinkers in British left-wing politics today. He currently lives in London and his second book, The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It (Penguin, 2014) is expected to reach UK bookstores in September 2014.

Update: 15 April 2014


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Who has power, today?

Lecture by Owen Jones