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So-called Labour moderates refuse to diagnose their failures. No wonder they’re out in the cold. If a new so-called centrist party is to be set up, why not call it Denial, or perhaps Hubris? Self-described centrists believe that they are the besieged remnants of political sanity in a world gone mad. To be a centrist, so this story goes, is to be above ideology: pragmatic, focused on “what works”, being grown up. They are the moderate stabilisers, or according to this narrative it is their marginalisation that has opened the way to the extremes. In this centrist worldview, the xenophobic, racist or indeed fascist right are deemed to be politically and morally equivalent to the radical left.feedback
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Aug 17 2017 Xenophobia
Owen Jones has been quoted 61 times in 49 different articles. On this page, you will find all of Owen Jones’s quotes organized by date and topic. Alongside each quote is a link back to the article where the quote was reported, so you can go back to the source for more context if you need it. Topics that Owen Jones speaks about are sort and term, for example. Most recently, Owen Jones was quoted in the article Who has fanned the flames of fascism? Our politicians and newspapers saying, “We mourn a brave hero like Bernard Kenny, while the rightwing racists boldly rise. Blame those marching in Charlottesville, but look to the real perpetrators. They pour the petrol and then wonder why it burns. Fascism is on the rise in the west, and it is emboldened, legitimised and fuelled by “mainstream” politicians and newspapers alike. When we mourn a hero like Bernard Kenny – who courageously tried to stop a fascist terrorist murdering Jo Cox – we have to ask ourselves: who are those with power and influence who helped create the conditions where racists and fascists breed?”.
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Jul 04 2017 - Qatar

Thousands have died at the extremists’ hands. It is scandalous that Theresa May has not released a report into foreign funding. They export extremist ideology which menaces Britain’s national security. The hatred that is manufactured and disseminated within their kingdoms threatens the safety and indeed lives of everyone reading this article. From Saudi Arabia to Kuwait, they are key allies and partners of the British government, and the Tories are endeavouring to forge ever closer links with these despotic exporters of fanaticism. And now these same Tories are sitting on a report given to them last year which examines the foreign funding of extremists in the UK. After three murderous Islamist extremists attacks in the space of a few months, this is nothing short of a national scandal.feedback

Jul 02 2017 - Trump Presidency

Donald Trump is planning to sneak into Britain to avoid protests. RT if you're willing to commit to protesting this bigot at short notice.feedback

Jun 28 2017 - Labour Party

Two years ago, Jeremy Corbyn challenged political orthodoxy by not attacking benefits claimants. Now public opinion has aligned with his stance. Do you resign yourself to public opinion as it is now, or do you attempt to change it? That is a question that has long divided Britain’s left and produced two competing strategies. The “centrist” approach is one that amounts to resignation. Voters are where they are, and it is largely futile to campaign to change minds when Labour is in opposition. It will simply render the party out of touch. A longstanding centrist argument was that the public believes austerity is unfortunate but necessary, and so economic credibility is defined by signing up to spending cuts. Labour’s left, on the other hand, refutes this pessimism. Public opinion can change – and dramatically so – if the counter-arguments to rightwing orthodoxy are heard loudly and forcefully.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Northern Ireland

Theresa May ruled out fair pay for nurses, then found huge extra sums for Northern Ireland and Buckingham Palace. It’s time to end the austerity con. There is no magic money tree, say the Tories: unless it’s to bribe extremists to keep them in power, or to renovate the palaces of multi-millionaire monarchs. Today, nurses take to the streets to demand an end to a pay freeze that has slashed the living standards of these life-saving, care-giving national heroes. One such nurse confronted Theresa May – whose lack of emotional intelligence is only matched by her lack of authority – on national television before the election. There was no magic money tree, was May’s robotic response. If the nurse had been met with a middle finger, it would scarcely have been less insulting.feedback

Jun 22 2017 - Labour Party

The neoliberal right has never seemed weaker. With a massive push, Labour can seize the initiative. Britain’s old order is crumbling. Those who sense this most acutely, such as the rightwing press, are its defenders. This week, The Sun was reduced to begging its readers to see the evils of socialism. They are right to panic when 30% of its readers ended up voting for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party. Right to reflect that, according to a new YouGov poll, 43% of people believe a “genuinely socialist government” would make Britain a “better place to live” and just 36% say the reverse. Those who represent the future – younger Britons, particularly younger working-class voters – are decisively plumping for Corbyn’s new Labour party.feedback

Jun 20 2017

If the Finsbury Park atrocity is part of a resurgence in the radical right, it’s surely time to act. We urgently need a strategy to deal with this fanatical movement. Britain’s far right is desperate, angry, cornered, and dangerous, as the Finsbury Park atrocity may well show. In just a year, the number of far-right extremists referred to the government has jumped by nearly a third. Social media abounds with frothing far-right fanatics, screaming about betrayal and vengeance. Both Muslims and the left are firmly in their sights – and we urgently need a strategy to deal with it.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - British elections 2017

Remember her whipping up of bigotry, and political incompetence – that’s the status quo Theresa May wants back. It’s time for a nonstop election campaign. Having averted the most immediate threat, Theresa May is back in No 10. And after her contrition before the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs, some within the commentariat would like us to feel some pity for her. But there will be no pity from me – and not just because a few weeks ago she was hoping to obliterate the party I love, and any semblance of a constitutionally necessary opposition. Rather it is because, however abject a figure she cuts now, it is important to retain the memory of who she is and what she stands for. We must organise to take this government down.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Northern Ireland

The idea that people won’t vote for socialist policies has been comprehensively debunked. Why change tack when Labour is in the ascendancy?The Tories’ self-immolation is quite the spectacle. Weeks ago, they genuinely believed they were on the brink of extinguishing Labour as an effective electoral force. They now have a leader with no authority; they will be rendered ever more toxic by their alliance with the homophobic, anti-choice, climate-change-denying fundamentalists of the DUP; a civil war between liberal remainers, hard Brexiteers, and DUP fanatics beckons; there’s the tangled mess of Brexit negotiations while the British government is the laughing stock of Europe; both wages and the economy are set to slide on the Tories’ watch; every day means thousands of 18th birthdays across the country, and thousands of new Labour supporters, too. Labour already has a sizable poll lead – and the only way for the Tories currently, it seems, is down.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Labour Party

This was about millions inspired by a radical manifesto that promised to transform Britain, to attack injustices and challenge the vested interests holding the country back. So, yes – to quote a much-ridiculed Jeremy Corbyn tweet: the real fight starts now.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Social security

Our young have suffered disproportionately these past few years: student debt, a housing crisis, a lack of secure jobs, falling wages, cuts to social security.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - British elections 2017

This was not about Tory failure. If Labour had offered the same old stale, technocratic centrism it would have faced an absolute drubbing. This is one of the most sensational political upsets of our time. Theresa May – a wretched dishonest excuse of a politician, don’t pity her – launched a general election with the sole purpose of crushing opposition in Britain. It was brazen opportunism, a naked power grab: privately, I’m told, her team wanted the precious “bauble” of going down in history as the gravediggers of the British Labour party. Instead, she has destroyed herself. She is toast.feedback

Jun 07 2017

The odds are against a Labour victory but if we pull out the stops, defeat is not inevitable. We must make our fate for ourselves. We know the odds are stacked. That’s not me as an agent of despair, snuffing out any vestiges of hope and optimism flickering in your mind. Consider it a kick up the backside. For I’m told that Conservative HQ is expecting to rise from the current working majority of 17 to something between 80 and 90 MPs – or even more. Despite the Labour surge, some Labour figures still genuinely fear the party will dip from the 229 MPs at dissolution to considerably below 200. The Ukip collapse means that – if even, say, Labour won the same share of the vote as 2015 – the party could still lose dozens of seats.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - London

After the London Bridge attack, the Tories must respond with a commitment to reverse the cuts they have imposed on our police forces. Yesterday, Theresa May made a cold, calculated decision to violate the agreement to suspend political campaigning in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack at London Bridge. Standing on the steps of Downing Street behind the official prime ministerial coat of arms, she could have simply stuck to condemning an atrocity, calling for resilience and solidarity. That indeed was the theme of the first half of her speech. In the second half of her speech, she advanced political proposals, blew a dogwhistle about “far too much tolerance” of extremism, and declared: “Enough is Enough.”.feedback

May 30 2017

The odds are still stacked against Labour – but after May’s shaky performance in the hustings, a historic defeat might not be inevitable. The prime minister was repeatedly laughed at, heckled and jeered on national television by a representative studio audience. That alone – in last night’s televised leaders’ hustings – tells the story of this campaign: an early election called solely to crush any meaningful opposition in Britain, launched as a presidential contest dependent on Theresa May’s unique popularity.feedback

May 30 2017

This is like watching a bemused polite commuter being accosted by someone who's had one too many £BattleForNumber10.feedback

May 26 2017 - Twitter

I've been accused of gloating over Katie Hopkins' sacking. So let me clear: I am absolutely gloating over Katie Hopkins' sacking.feedback

May 25 2017 - Inequality

A group of outsourced workers have fought back over their conditions and a top university is reeling. Their story tells us that injustice need not be permanent. It is a university that prides itself on being a forum for debate about social injustice and inequality. The London School of Economics was founded by Fabian socialists at the end of the 19th century: they believed education was key to liberating society from social ills.feedback

May 23 2017 - London

The love and solidarity of Mancunians shone through in their immediate response to the attack on the Arena. Let’s celebrate the city’s warmth and diversity. The hatred that drives someone to detonate themselves in a crowd of children and teenagers at a concert is impossible to reason with, to quantify, to properly understand. There’s a unique thrill of a gig at that age: those who went would have counted down the days, texted and WhatsApped their excitement in the hours leading up to it, and sang along with their parents and friends. You get this special sense of togetherness at a concert, instantly bound to strangers by your shared love of music that forms the soundtrack to your life. To listen to that joy, to see it etched on the faces of children, and then ensure the last thing you ever do is ensure their parents never hear them laugh again – that perverse hatred cannot be rationalised.feedback

May 16 2017

This document offers an answer not only to Britain’s broken model, but also to the global crisis in social democracy. Wanted: a compelling vision for a left-of-centre party. Must invest in economy, modernise essential services, get the well-off to pay more tax. Free wifi on trains a bonus. Someone answered my personal ad! Labour’s manifesto – unveiled today – is a moderate, commonsense set of antidotes to the big problems holding back one of the wealthiest countries on earth. And – intriguingly – here is an attempt to confront the crisis of identity and vision afflicting social democracy not just in Britain, but across the western world.feedback

May 11 2017

State intervention is proposed for one failed market. Trains, housing and heavy industry should be next. If it’s right for the state to intervene in one broken market, why not apply the principle across the board? When Ed Miliband unveiled his modest proposals as Labour leader to limit energy bill increases and reform the energy market, the Tory response was hysterical. The party and its outriders – otherwise known as most of the British press – frothed about Marxism and the Soviet Union. It was a striking example of how Britain’s right had increasingly adopted the unhinged intolerance of their US counterparts, suggesting even modest state interventions would end in the resurrection of Joseph Stalin and the nationalisation of your gran.feedback

May 09 2017

By pledging to build more homes and regulate the private rented sector, Labour can boost the economy and offer hope to the younger generation. Britain’s housing crisis is bad news for a multitude of reasons. It is bad news for children, whose health, wellbeing, education and thus potential is damaged by growing up in an overcrowded home. It is bad news for a younger generation who fear that a decent home of their own – something their parents took for granted – is an impossible dream. It is bad news for parents who have to stump up cash (if they have it) for their children’s rip-off rent or deposit, or who have their 26-year-old offspring still living at home. It is bad news for taxpayers who spend over £9bn a year subsidising private landlords. It is bad news for communities, because a lack of affordable housing leaves people feeling as though they are in competition with each other for scarce resources. It is bad news for the economy, because building houses stimulates industries and jobs.feedback

May 03 2017 - Labour Party

The former Sun editor’s ‘joke’ about Corbyn being knifed fits a pattern. Civilised Tories can’t be silent as far-right racism and smears pull the election to the gutter. Imagine a former Daily Mirror or Guardian editor joking about Theresa May being knifed to death as a cause for national celebration. There would be a national furore. It would be presented as a striking case of how hate-filled, vicious and sadistically intolerant the modern left is. Anyone vaguely on the left would come under immense pressure to immediately dissociate themselves from such a sickening outrage, or otherwise be tarred by association.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Podemos

From Clement Attlee to Ronald Reagan, the lesson of election success is clear: even in dark days, voters still crave optimism. What do Ronald Reagan and Spain’s radical Podemos party have in common? Little, you might imagine. The former was an unapologetic champion of letting the market run riot; the latter is, in part, a rebellion against that dogma. But both defined their contrasting philosophies in a similar way: with hope, optimism and empowerment. Reagan won two landslide elections; while less than two years after it was founded, Podemos – though still not in government – became one of Spain’s three major parties.feedback

Apr 25 2017 - Single market

The party will ensure that workers, consumers and the environment are protected. There will be no blank cheque for a reckless Tory Brexit. Labour will rip up Theresa May’s Brexit plan but respect the referendum result. The benefits of the single market and the customs union will be on the table. EU nationals will be protected from day one. Human beings won’t be bargaining chips. The great repeal bill will be scrapped; Labour will introduce a EU rights and protections bill instead. All workers’, consumers’ and environmental rights will be protected. Much of the country craves unity: Labour will offer it. A “Brexit that brings people together,” not a “reckless Tory Brexit”. MPs will get a final say. If they reject the deal, Labour will return to the negotiating table.feedback

Apr 20 2017

As he concludes his journey round leave-voting areas in his home town of Stockport, Owen Jones finds voters now want to come together. For Labour, he says, that’s an opportunity• With pay so low for this long, no wonder there’s anger in Sheffield• The truth from Fareham: this was no working-class uprising.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Homosexuality

This is an absolute disgrace. But hey, I'm just some sinning gay, what would I know.feedback

Apr 13 2017

As he continues his journey around leave-voting areas, Owen Jones sees how poor wages are driving the migration backlash• Brexitland: People can’t find homes. No wonder they were angry• Brexitland: The truth from well-to-do Fareham: this was no working-class uprising.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Syria conflict

In just three months, those who vowed to oppose the president are eating out of his hands. Applauding his Syria missile strikes only emboldens him to go further. So now we know what it takes for an unhinged, bigoted demagogue to get liberal applause: just bypass the constitution to fire some missiles. It had seemed as though there was consensus among those against Donald Trump. This man was a threat to US democracy and world peace. The echoes of 1930s fascist leaders were frightening. “This republic is in serious danger,” declared conservative writer Andrew Sullivan on the eve of the Trump triumph.feedback

Apr 07 2017

As he continues his journey around leave-voting areas, Owen Jones finds middle-class Brexiters variously motivated, but happy with the choice they made• Brexitland: People can’t find homes. No wonder they were angry• Brexitland: ‘Too many foreigners – way, way too many’.feedback

Apr 04 2017 - Human Rights

Not just content to lead us out of the EU, Theresa May is also bringing us closer to Saudi Arabia, despite the terror and suffering it inflicts. Does “Brexit mean Brexit”, or does “Brexit means Britain should cosy up even more to murderous human rights abusers?” Our government is already a serial cheerleader of gruesome regimes: now a grubby arms dealer at their service, too. But as Theresa May prostrates Britain before her head-chopping friends in Saudi Arabia, her strategy is clear. Abandoning the vast single market across the Channel doesn’t just mean reducing Britain to the status of lapdog to the woman-groping Muslim-bashing demagogue across the Atlantic. It means an ever-closer relationship to regimes which inflict suffering on people inside and outside their own borders.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Sexism

The paper’s leering front page featuring Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May is part of a wider attack on liberal values. We must be prepared to fight back. Perhaps the Daily Mail should be sued for damaging people’s health? Across the nation, millions have cringed so hard at its audaciously sexist front page that they’ve strained their face muscles, or given themselves a migraine from slamming their heads repeatedly against the nearest wall.feedback

Mar 21 2017

His Evening Standard job shows how the establishment operates, marked by limitless self-regard and contempt for those who don’t have a seat at the table. Is politics a service, a duty, a means to represent the needs and aspirations of the people, or is it a launchpad for lucrative jobs in the private sector? George Osborne was terribly amused in the House of Commons yesterday: all this fuss over a trifling issue like the corruption of British democracy! Can’t we see he’s doing us a favour, having to suffer the indignity of being paid hundreds of thousands of pounds for multiple jobs rather than representing his constituents, all to make sure our “parliament is enhanced”, as he puts it? The sacrifice Osborne has made for all of us, having to be paid a juicy salary to further blur the distinction between media and political power, to make sure parliament is enriched by yet more MPs failing to devote themselves to the people who elected them.feedback

Mar 16 2017

As he continues his journey around leave-voting areas, Owen Jones finds that run-down high streets, low-paid jobs and a sense of loss plague South Thanet• Brexitland: ‘Too many foreigners – way, way too many’.feedback

Mar 14 2017

David Cameron warned us an Ed Miliband government would lead to chronic instability – but the former prime minister’s legacy leaves the country teetering on the edge of collapse. Tell you what, I haven’t half enjoyed all this stability David Cameron promised at the last election. “Britain faces a simple and inescapable choice,” he tweeted solemnly, “stability and strong government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband.”.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Twitter

Added with the usual far-right extremists sending ever more creative descriptions of how they're going to torture and murder me, I'm no longer convinced social media is as useful a tool for political debate and discussion as it once was.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Twitter

I find myself constantly engaging with people denouncing my motives while sending abuse. And my friends ask: What are you doing? Why are you wasting your life on this nonsense? And they're just right. I know the obvious responses to this. Put your violin away, stop pitying yourself. Get a thick skin. You put your views out there, expect to get attacked. That's how this works.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Twitter

But to be honest it isn't about that. 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.feedback

Mar 10 2017

My trip to Doncaster in South Yorkshire made one thing clear: the party must find a way to reconnect with its traditional communities. They need hope. The Labour party wasn’t born in Doncaster, but it was conceived here. Every day, thousands of commuters in the town’s red-brick train station walk past a shiny gold plaque commemorating two local trade unionists, Thomas R Steels and Jimmy Holmes, “founding fathers of the Labour party”. It was Steels who, on the eve of the 20th century, penned a motion calling for an alliance of unions, socialist and working-class organisations to secure “a better representation of the interests of Labour in the House of Commons”. It was a proposal that the Trade Union Congress narrowly accepted and, in 1906, the Labour party was born.feedback

Mar 09 2016

The people who led the leave campaign, it's up to them to spell out in quite clear terms what sort of agreement is on the table .. at the moment it's just not clear….feedback

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