Owen Jones: ‘Our generation’s Orwell’?

19 August 2014

3:34 PM

19 August 2014

3:34 PM

Calling in a favour from a comrade to help flog your new book is hardly a new trick, but Mr S wonders if Owen Jones really thought this one through:


Thankfully, Russell ‘the revolution is coming’ Brand is not known for his outrageous hyperbole.

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  • evad666

    He has been very quiet about the Rotherham 1400 and Labour’s complicity.

  • UKSteve

    Well, if you’re going to emblazon the name of a prize pr1ck on the front of your bookie-wook, you may as well pick a prominent one. And they don’t come much more prominent than this imbecilic and vapid waste of space.

    Orwell? He must’ve gone back on the substances. Orwell was such a perspicacious thinker and perceptive observer, that he envisioned he future forty years hence. He clearly hasn’t read him.

    I’d be surprised it Brand, or this equally and deservedly obscure polemicist, can see past next month.

  • evad666

    Owen who?

  • Nicholas I

    Our Generation’s Anton Maiden.

  • Nicholas I

    Our Generation’s Gary Coleman.

  • Nicholas I

    Our Generation’s Matilda Hays

  • The_greyhound

    It was a grauniad typo.

    It should have read “is Owen Jones our generation’s Orville?”

  • swatnan

    Not quite … Eric Blair could write …. novels. Until Jones has written a blockbuster bestseller, he’s not up to the mark.

  • No Good Boyo

    Why do I have this feeling that Russell Brand has never read Orwell?

    • Nicholas I

      He’s seen the covers.

  • Copyright101

    The fact that this lickspittle of the globalist elite can be seen as “our generations Orwell” is, in itself, an incrediblely Orwellian debasement of language and meaning.

    • Nicholas I

      Our Generation’s Bono Groupie

  • Paddy S

    I dont know whats funnier – Russel Brand being taken seriously for his deranged liberalism and his posteur as an avant garde of the revolution… Or the Spectator calling Owen Jones the new Orwell.
    Although on other hand it is quite insulting to the West and to George Orwell himself. I mean he detested commies.

  • Seldom Seen

    I wonder what grade he got in A Level politics just recently? Does his mummy know he writes for the Guardian? Did Russell Brand leave out the word ‘River’ from his puff?

  • Peter Stroud

    God, I thought he was still at school!

  • Fergus Pickering

    Orwell wrote books. Has Owen Jones written a book? Or even a bookie-wookie?

    • Nicholas I

      He orated on Brand’s knobbie-wobbie.

  • Stephen Milroy

    “Our generations Orwell.” PAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!

  • Gwangi

    Our generation’s Orwell? Well, maybe in terms of brazen hypocrisy as the deeply middle class and privileged OJ, with a dad who’s a leftie university professor on £60,000+ pa, pretends to be working class and all salt of the earth…

    But really, you might as well say: Jimmy Savile – our generation’s Mother Theresa.

    Or perhaps compare an apple with a car?

  • FrankS2

    What a an insult to their generation!

  • Fraziel

    Our generations hypocritical, lying w*nker more like.

  • Stu

    “Our generations Orwell,” Well at least the cretin Brand has said something funny at last.

  • Chingford Man

    He’s not Orwell, he’s a very naughty boy.

    Enjoy again Brillo pasting him up the wall.

  • Mr Creosote

    Dr Lothario strikes again.

  • jp99

    Censored. Shame on you.

  • Eyesee

    Owen Jones isn’t even as perceptive as the Orwell bridge, let alone as useful.

  • xmcmullen

    Words totally fail me, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I often wonder if all of these people referencing Orwell have actually read his books or essays.

    • therealguyfaux

      Of course not. Or, if they have, they are counting on your not having done. They are either fools or knaves. In any event, not worthy of yours or my serious consideration. They are bad as those who have barely cracked a Bible in their day and yet will quote you all sorts of Scripture unto their purpose. Orwell himself had their number in Politics and The English Language, definitely a must-read for anyone who wonders what the rules of this wretched OJ-is-a-genius game are.

  • Robertus Maximus

    I am constantly amazed that such a pre-pubescent nonentity like Owen Jones inspires so many column inches in the media. In future, I hope the Spectator will try to maintain proper journalistic standards and only cover subjects of interest and relevance.

  • Sean L

    Never heard of him but from that epicene image with the microphone I thought he was fronting a boy band.

    • GUBU

      Wrong Direction?

  • Bob Thomas

    The problem for young Owen is the all too obvious fact that the British “establishment” is not comprised of the austere but respectable men who one used to see around Whitehall, wearing pinstriped suits and bowler hats and carry umbrellas. The British “establishment” has effectively accepted or at the very least reached accomodations with the ideology of the Left. In other words, young Owen is a spokesman of an an apologist for the British “establishment”.

  • ted_2012

    How is Owen Jones ‘Our generation’s Orwell’ exactly? It just seems like such a lazy statement with the only comparison being that both are left wing and (I’ll admit it in Jones’s favour) intelligent. Yet the great chasm of a difference (not just for Jones but for the Modern left in general) being that Orwell was willing to follow his political principles to the extent of ‘slumming’ in Paris and London as well as fighting in the Spanish civil war; could you imagine Jones actually bothering to live in Venezuela or participate in the Gaza conflict? Perhaps as Orwell was only revered dead more so than alive maybe it’ll turn out the other way around for Jones.

  • RaymondDance

    Difficult to understand how Jones and Brand can be considered ‘anti-establishment’. They are the establishment.

    • Kitty MLB

      Try telling them that.

  • will91

    If your ever feeling down just watch this. Guaranteed to brighten your day hahahaha

  • TheBoisterousSeaofLiberty

    I don’t care what you losers say, this will look lovely on my shelf alongside that other classic My Booky Wook.

    • Bob Thomas

      … I’ll have to make room for it by jettisoning Burmese Days…

  • CortUK

    It’s hilarious how these barely-literate fools don’t know that Orwell absolutely despised people like them. If only they had tried reading one or two of his books or pamphlets. Very funny.

  • John Lea

    Nice photograph! He looks as if he’s just won the six-form ‘anorak masturbator of the year award’ at his private school.

    • Fergus Pickering

      Not at all. He is very pretty.

      • therealguyfaux

        He looks like the young Hugh Laurie. And he’s about as intelligent-sounding as most of the characters Laurie played, truth be told.

  • Kitty MLB

    No this is hilerious:Russel Brand ‘our generations Orwell’.
    That is Brand as Squealer, propagandist to Comrade Nepoleon
    The pig (obviously jones) and both of them rewriting history
    like deceitful and deluded lefties do.

    In the words of Orwell ( but changed a little) .These people
    don’t see that if you encourage totalitarian methods the time will
    come when they will be used against you.

    The winds of change are in the air, Owen Jones, soon it will
    be the end for fat Labour snouts in the electorate trough.

  • lookout

    You mean Orvile

    • GUBU

      Then who is our Keith Harris?

  • JEK68

    This is hilarious.
    But seriously, apart from the lies, intellectual dishonesty, ignorance, naivety, demagogy and cliché ridden writing….. Owen Jones is a lot like Orwell… except he looks nothing like him….. and thinks nothing like him…. and is less courageous…… and is a friend of fascists….. and lacks a sense of humour. But apart from that.
    I think it would just waste everyone’s time to consider Russell Brand, so I won’t

  • Damaris Tighe

    I see that both this man & Yasmin A-B won the George Orwell Prize. Which just goes to show that establishment prizes, like ‘care in the community’ & ‘single parent family’ mean exactly the opposite of what they say.

    • HJ777

      and Johann Hari.

    • Livia

      There were a lot of single parent families left after WWII. You should go back in time and tell them they weren’t families.

      • Damaris Tighe

        You’ve totally missed the point of my post because you’ve been brainwashed by newspeak. The term ‘single parent families’ obscures the difference between widows & unmarried mothers & you fell for it, just as you’re supposed to do.

  • Donafugata

    ” Left Wing Pseudo Intellectuals and How They Get Away with It”

    It’s not difficult for someone of average intelligence to appear clever when those they appeal to have all the critical faculties of a two watt lightbulb.

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  • Suzy61

    Owen Jones is gay and lives in London. He obviously believes you should bite the hand that feeds you.

  • GUBU

    The truly perplexing question: how are Mr Jones and Mr Brand getting away with it?

    • Kitty MLB

      Lefties have a bottommost level of comprehension. Its possible to spend many
      laborious moments trying to decipher their intellects. But such self- immolation
      unless martyrdom is required, should be avoided.
      Why Brand and Jones get away with such diabolical nonsense will remain one
      of life’s little mysteries.

    • global city

      key words: Comrade, collective, redistribution, fairness, revolution, workers’, solidarity…..etc. The herd just follow.

    • Wessex Man

      Similar charaters have done the same since the end of the Second World War, we ignore their menace at our peril!

  • drewswlon

    “Our generation’s orifice”

  • George O’McEnglish

    What a hypocritical idiot this man is. I used to remind him it on twitter every now and then but he blocks anyone who doesn’t agree with him. Coward

    • AgeUke

      Had a similar experience only I wasn’t attempting to remind him of anything, I asked him a question to which he called me names and then blocked me. Ho Hum so it goes!

      Whatever he is, he most definitely is NOT this or any other generations Orwell. I can only guess at the arrogance that would include that as a quote to sell his book on the establishment, something that having read his bio he is inseparable from.

      • George O’McEnglish

        Couldn’t agree more…..Jones and Brand are a couple of hypocritical idiots. The problem is they both have such a large following that they are actually dangerous!

        • Archibald Heatherington

          Not especially so. Their followers are ineffectual nitwits, most of whom don’t vote.

          • Wessex Man

            I don’t know about that what’s ther betting that in twenty years time they will be reguarded as pillers of the establishment. Look at the older generation of the establishment today.

            • Fergus Pickering

              Pillocks of the Establishment, more like.

  • Ooh!MePurse!

    He was born in 1984.

    • Kitty MLB

      Aw, bless his little cotton socks.

  • English Majority

    Russel Brand on Owen Jones: “Our generations Orwell”.



    Its just layers upon layers of filth and lies upon deranged filth and lies at this point, innit. Orwell would DESPISE a pro-Islamist, extreme-Left, anti-free speech authoritarian traitor like Owen Jones.

    And Owen supposedly goes on about the Establishment, when in fact he supports the Establishment’s policy of immigration, multiculturalism and support of Islam.

    • Ooh!MePurse!

      Unsure how or why a gay man would be supportive of a religion that requires the death of all gay men. How does this silly hypocrite square that particular circle?

      • English Majority

        I think he shuts facts out of his mind.

        • Ooh!MePurse!

          A sort of self-beheading? Saves them a job I suppose.

          • Ooh!MePurse!

            How strange, I posted this comment earlier today but it got deleted. I was so proud of it too!

            • Damaris Tighe

              maybe because it said ‘b*h*ading? Especially given yesterday’s news.

            • Andy

              Pride comes before a deletion.

        • Andy

          Mind ??? What mind ?????

        • GentlemanPugilist

          Yes doublethink, it’s about the only tenuous connection he has with the brilliant Orwell.

      • GhostofJimMorrison

        I imagine it requires a constant effort of Double-think which would startle even old Georgie!

        • global city

          He must have a very good chiropractor!

        • Ooh!MePurse!

          Hit the nail on the head there. Double plus good.

      • Donafugata

        You mean OJ is gay??

        Doesn’t the idiot realise he will be surgically emasculated as soon as the caliphate is established in the UK?

        • Ooh!MePurse!

          Possibly not. But as you’ve pointed out, he’s an idiot.

          • Wessex Man

            The really frightening thing is he’s in a position to influence very large numbers of the population along with many others who are intellectuals in their own minds and the minds of those who run the BBC and Political Parties. Heaven help us!

            • Lidlscanner

              Intellectuals in their own minds – a vast herd of progressive liberal zombiellectuals engaging in endless semi-autophagous, semi-excretory activity – no wonder they’re poorly.

        • Livia

          The ‘caliphate’ as they like to call themselves can’t even take over villages and towns that fight back with any vehemence, they just flood into places where people join them or give in. They won’t ever take over a country that has first world weaponry, not unless they pull a modern navy out of their a**e.

      • Andy

        Maybe he thinks he can fly.

      • Inverted Meniscus

        He blames it all on Margaret Thatcher like any other left-wing ar****le.

    • anotherjoeblogs

      From the Independent –

      Yasmin Alibhai Brown

      Known for her sharp commentary on issues of politics, race and religion, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown won the George Orwell Prize for political journalism in 2002

      • English Majority

        Good God.

        • anotherjoeblogs

          The only conclusion I can come to is that 2002 must have been a really, really bad year for political journalism. I can’t think of any comparison really… jack Whitehall comedian of the year ?

          • HJ777

            2008 too – when Johann Hari won it.

            The problem is clearly the people giving out these prizes.

        • HJ777

          Johann Hari won the Orwell Prize in 2008.

          Of course, he was forced to give it back a few years later…

      • UKSteve

        Yeah, and was awarded an MBE (FFS!) in 2001! Which she infamously returned :

      • UKSteve

        Yeah, and was awarded an MBE (FFS!) in 2001! Which she infamously returned :

    • Damaris Tighe

      Tariq Ramadan???????? Orwell must be spinning in his grave.

    • UKSteve

      Well, if you haven’t cottoned on, we live in mega-ironic times! irony on a massive scale, because it confuses the very excrement out of people. Trying to think of some examples…….Oh I know!

      Tony Blair…………Middle East Peace envoy! PEACE ! Ask the 800,000 Iraqi’s who died due to him and Bush if that was a good idea!

      Oooh, oooh, I’ve got another!!!

      Winner of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize……The European Union!

      Maybe Brand was just being ironic?

  • MrsDBliss

    Owen jones does realise he IS the establishment?

  • Damaris Tighe

    Who is Owen Jones?

    • English Majority

      A weird man who smells of coffee.

      • Kitty MLB

        Owen Jones Is part of Miliband’s Brave New World.. sorry but if we
        are continuing with a literary theme.

    • WillyTheFish

      A sodomite who whinges for the Guardian.

      • Alexsau91

        I think he actually winges for the ‘Independent’.

        • Kitty MLB

          There is something quite standoffish and utterly deluded about
          the silly little pipsqueak that disadvantageously distorts everything he says.. oh wait a moment..the oblivion of a leftie
          mind. And he adores the unions.. in his little world they should
          run the country.

        • Inverted Meniscus

          Same difference.

        • HJ777

          No, he was so terrible at The Independent that The Guardian poached him.

    • Kitty MLB

      Comrade Napoleon the Pig.. as written by Orwell.

    • Hexhamgeezer

      Think of him as OJ Simpleton.