Peter Oborne interviewed: “A soft apartheid towards Muslims is emerging in Britain”

by Owen Jones.

Peter Oborne is an anti-establishment Conservative and is anything but predictable. We talked about his belief that David Cameron’s government has constructed a narrative about Islam which distinguishes between ‘good’ secular Muslims and ‘bad’ devout ones, leading to a ‘soft apartheid’ emerging in Britain. We also discussed his surprising views on Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership, […]

“I am Labour’s anti-austerity candidate” | Owen Jones meets Liz Kendall

by Owen Jones.

Labour leadership hopeful Liz Kendall talks about why Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign has been so inspiring compared to the other candidates. We also discussed how she would deal with extremism in Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, the future of the NHS, the living wage, and whether Labour made the right decision in not opposing the Conservative […]

My honest thoughts on the Corbyn campaign — and overcoming formidable obstacles

by Owen Jones.

A confession: I didn’t originally want a ‘left’ candidate in the Labour leadership election. My view was that, in the midst of general post-election demoralisation, a left candidate could end up being crushed. Such a result would be used by both the Labour party establishment and the British right generally to perform the last rites […]

The Establishment and How They Get Away With It – live webcast at 6:30pm

by Owen Jones.

A live webcast from the LSE featuring Owen Jones talking about The Establishment and How They Get Away With It will take place here at 6:30pm today.  Visit this page shortly before the advertised start time and click on the play button to begin watching the webcast. If the webcast does not begin at the allotted time, […]

Support the 10 July strike

by Owen Jones.

This Thursday (10 July) the government is facing the largest public sector strike since 2010. Pay freezes and below-inflation pay rises have reduced public sector workers’ pay by 20% since the coalition came to power in 2010, public sector pensions have been attacked and public services have been slashed across the country. So members of the […]

The 1 per cent have an interest in demonising Ken Livingstone

by Owen Jones.

Few journalists mention Boris’s slights against black people: all that talk of ‘piccaninnies’. Being on the left in public life means automatically inviting ridicule and venom. While only just over a fifth of eligible voters opted for the Conservatives at the last election, most of our media is firmly in the right-wing camp. Hacks and […]

If trade unions don’t fight the workers’ corner – others will

by Owen Jones.

Our Prime Minister certainly has few doubts about who’s orchestrating the backlash against workfare. “Trotskyites!” Cameron boomed during Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions; if he’d thrown in “wreckers”, it wouldn’t have been a bad impression of Andrej Vyshinsky, Stalin’s semi-hysterical prosecutor during the 1930s Show Trials.

A new class politics

by Owen Jones.

The recession has brought class inequality back into view by exposing the unjust distribution of wealth and power in Britain. Labour must tackle this with a new class politics of stronger trade unions and a more representative parliament. During the long boom of the nineties and noughties, it was possible to at least pretend class […]

What David Miliband’s intervention really means

by Owen Jones.

Those of us who have suggested David Miliband’s latest political intervention may have – let’s say – ulterior motives have received a bit of flak. Must he stay silent just because any public pronouncement may be misconstrued by the media? Why can’t he contribute to the debate about the party’s future like anyone else?

Socialism: it’s nothing personal

by Owen Jones.

I’m almost feeling sorry for Fred the Shred. ‘Humbling of Mister Godwin’, mocked the Daily Mail; ‘Goodwin is shredded’ (geddit?) bellowed the Daily Telegraph; ‘Once A Knight Fred’, echoed the Sun, a newspaper always keen to win the most imaginative pun stakes. It’s more than tempting for the left to jump on this populist bandwagon. […]

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