interview Owen Jones, author of Chavs

Quote interview Owen Jones, author of Chavs

Published on Feb 16, 2013 spoke to Owen Jones about austerity, class, ideology, and the socialist alternative in the 21st century.

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If… The Clegg Version (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)


by Jim Grundy

If you can keep your job when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men hate you,
But make allowance for their loathing too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
And being a liar, don’t deal in ‘whys’,
Or being hated, don’t give way to baiting,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make principles your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the shite you’ve spoken
Exposed by knaves as a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you sold your soul for, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one referendum for an alternative vote,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word of anything of note;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve yourself long after the voters are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hang on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep a straight face,
Or walk with Tories — having lost the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can stand you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving electorate
With sixty seconds’ worth of coverage in the Sun,
Yours is the Coalition (or the fag end of it),
And—which is more—you’ll be a Clegg, my son!

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Senior Tory accused of abusing millions of children



A senior member of the Conservative Party is facing accusations of abusing millions of children after it was revealed he was secretly cutting child benefits, maternity leave and tax credits for families on the lowest incomes under the cover of running the economy.

Police sources say the senior Tory – who we cannot identify for legal reasons – works in central London as a Chancellor of the Exchequer and looks like a bit of a twat.

The accusations come amidst speculation that a ring of sadistic degenerates may be occupying senior positions of government – including number 10.

George Osborne delivers autumn statement

senior Tories react to allegations of child abuse

The allegations are said to include evidence that another senior Tory – known only as “Uncle Duncan” –  regularly satisfies his most depraved and perverse proclivities by abusing the most vulnerable people such as the young, the sick and the disabled for his own pleasure.

The revelations come just weeks after another senior Tory, Lord McAlpine, decided not to sue North Wales Police for mistakenly naming him as a paedophile, but made the decision to sue the BBC and ITV instead – who didn’t.



Foster parents will have to pay bedroom tax but not parents of pupils at Eton


Sometimes I despair.

According to the DWP, foster parents who have a ‘spare’ bedroom they use for foster children will be hit by the government’s bedroom tax – but not parents of pupils at Eton.

The bedroom tax, which is being introduced in April 2013 as part of the government’s ‘reforms’ of housing benefits, will mean that a household that has an extra room for a current or potential foster child will be treated as ‘under-occupying’  (see here on page 8).

However, a household with children at a boarding school – such as Eton for example – will not have to pay any bedroom tax at all.

Why is seemingly nobody up in arms about this?

I always thought British people, regardless of our political differences, prided ourselves on our keen sense of fairness. Obviously I was wrong.

Just when exactly did we as a nation stop being outraged by such clear and open inequality and injustice?


Here’s a petition against the bedroom tax:

Stop the Housing Benefit attack (commonly known as the ‘Bedroom Tax’)

And for more general information about the bedroom tax, see here: