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Owen Jones (1984–) is a writer and journalist for The Guardian, known for his activism for left-wing ideology and for LGBT rights. He has also written two critically-acclaimed books: Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class and The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It, and hosts a YouTube channel where he spends most of his time either asking softball leading questions to providing tough hard-hitting interviews with other prominent left-wing (and often not-so-left-wing[1]) figures, or general soapboxing. However, many often criticise him for being a melodramatic, scaremongering champagne socialist Muslim sympathising member of the liberal metropolitan elite who looks like, and has the life experience and skin thickness, of a 12 year old boy.

On Jeremy Corbyn[edit]

Owen Jones has generally been a staunch supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, and endorsed him in both the 2015 and 2016 Labour leadership elections. However, as time went on, Jones soon became disillusioned with Corbyn's consistently low poll numbers, and following Labour's relatively poor performance in the Stoke by-election of 2017, came close to calling for his resignation from the Labour party.[2] This all changed following Theresa May's disastrous 2017 election campaign in which the Conservatives lost their majority and in which Labour managed to almost completely close the Conservatives' 20-point lead in the polls, at which point Jones reverted to wholeheartedly backing Corbyn as Labour leader and apologised for his earlier doubts.

On Brexit[edit]

Jones used to be a prominent proponent of left-wing Brexit (Lexit), however during the 2016 Brexit referendum decided that it would be better to back the Remain campaign. Since then, Jones has consistently been a staunch critic of the Leave campaign, as well as the attempts of the tabloid press to smear Remain supporters as traitors.

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