By Jason Michael

Super socialist Owen Jones thinks he can teach us in Scotland how to suck eggs. Apparently we need him to tell us all about the joys of socialism and a more equal society under the divine gaze of comrade Corbyn.


We need thinkers and writers like Owen Jones. What he has to say is important, and many on the left – let’s be honest – would be stuck for words if it wasn’t for his contribution. Yet admitting that we are fans of his doesn’t mean that he is always right. In fact when it comes to Scotland Jones is almost always wrong, and he is always wrong when it comes to his rose tinted assessment of Scottish Labour. As he has decided to pipe up on this subject again on Twitter it is time that the Scottish left – the real Scottish left – gives him an education on Scotland and Scottish Labour.

When it comes to addressing London-centric English voices on Scotland I am of the opinion that the best response we can give is our indifference. Given that independence is merely the political realisation of the national and social independence we are already living, I lean towards the thinking that we simply are not ready for independence so long as we are caught in this loop of giving a damn what English politicians and politicos think or say about us. If we are independent then, no matter how close we are as family, friends, and neighbours, England is a foreign country, and these voices are foreign voices. Yet, as he is a socialist speaking to a deeply socialist Scotland, we can make some accommodation to Owen. We owe him that much.


His sense of compassion for the working class from which he comes is welcome and sorely needed – especially in the austerity Britain created by Blair, Brown, Cameron, and May – and his trust in old Labour values; embodied now in England’s Corbynite revolution, as a vehicle for justice is refreshing. In Scotland we understand this, but we have completely rejected Labour – New Labour and Scottish Labour – and it is our reasons for this rejection Jones singularly fails to grasp. He doesn’t get our distaste for Labour precisely because he is not Scottish and thus he wholly lacks any real and meaningful insight into Scotland’s political experience.

Scottish Labour is not the British Labour Party he holds so dear. It is a completely different political animal, and one we have seen for what it is – a neoliberal, imperialist, and neo-Thatcherite party of Scotland’s old guard establishment. In terms he may understand better: The Scottish Labour Party is or was the principal force of unionist political reaction in our country. Labour, as Jones always appears to miss, is not a one-size-fits-all political label. Had any leader of the British Labour Party said in reference to Brussels, for example, that the English were “not genetically programmed… to make political decisions,” there would be uproar south of the border – and rightly so. But this is exactly what unionism in Scottish Labour produced.

Labour in Scotland has run consistently against the grain of Scotland’s cherished sense of socialism and democracy. It has been one Labour government after another that has imposed the presence of nuclear weapons on us when we have overwhelmingly expressed our national desire that these nightmarish things be removed from our country. While his idol Jeremy Corbyn may express his want for Trident to be disbanded, it was still his party that voted for both its £205-plus billion renewal and its continued imposition on Scotland. There is a word for inserting things without consent and it is neither “socialism” nor “democracy.”

Scotland wants nothing to do with Britain’s warmongering and arms dealing; things the British Labour Party has always led the charge on. In the aftermath of the 2014 independence referendum Scottish Labour installed Jim Murphy as leader – a man who was “fundilymundily” devoured by the Scottish electorate for his particular take on socialism and democracy.

Owen Jones wants the whole of London out on the streets demanding the end of Theresa May’s government’s dalliance with the sectarian DUP. This is admirable, and on this we can say that the entire Scottish independence movement is in agreement. We would all rather see the end of this insanity. No one wants the political representatives of the bigoted Orange Order in such a position of power at Westminster – well, everyone apart from the Conservative right and the Scottish Labour Party. That is something Owen would know if he had any real experience of Labour in the Scottish political context, but he doesn’t. Jones is blind to what Scottish Labour is.

It was socialism in Scotland and not some half-baked and propagandistic construct of “nationalism” that destroyed the Labour Party here. Scotland, as the record shows, is socialist to the core. An independent Scotland can be nothing but a more socially just wee country than its southern neighbour. That is Scotland. We have to think that Jones imagines that somehow the idea of independence made us all less socialist than we were before the IndyRef campaign. The reality is – as we all know – that the thought of independence made us more socialist than we have ever been. But by denying this Owen Jones is unwittingly supporting rightist reaction in our country. He has become the chav of the establishment.

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2 thoughts on “Owen Jones: The Establishment’s Chav

  1. Agreed with most of that, however since #GE17 I’ve been asking myself if Scotland really is as socialist as I’d always thought. Especially NE and Borders – all now Tory.

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  2. Labour, Scottish accountancy unit, or the actual party socialist? I think not. Never has been from the get go. Merely the reserve team for the AngloBrit imperialist and very uber capitalist British establishment with global acquisitive money and power pretensions.

    Mr Owen is not the first chav apologist to hawk his mutton – think Foot and Benn – and morals for the more, purportedly pinko faction of the so-called revolutionary end of their kid on, Islingtonian, hand wringing, right on Trot counter-liberationary, de facto, end of this Fabian phenomenon which would stab the world working class, peasantry, and dispossessed in the back – and have done continuously on mass murderous scales past and present – but with a simpering whimper and Guardianesque lengthy apologia for the treachery as opposed to a balls to the wall Thunderer gallous diktat with a dash of Tory vim and bragadoccio a la BoJo et al over cocktails and Pimms Number One or G & Tees in their virtual social class gated, white, upper Normano-Saxon communities accepting of the odd nigger house Mammy and complicit butler into their ranks for the sake of a bit of color and cool in the the Sunday color magazines with jolly right on man themes and memes: The BritLab mob policy wonk, geeky Intelligence Corps of the British establishment. The Tories, at footsoldier level, the none too bright Paras rising up through the Marine Commandos to the SAS or, even better, the SBS on a very good day. And these are the voting cannon fodder who inhabit Holyrood and Westminster never mind the antediluvian remnants who occupy their placemen and placewomen nooks and crannies of local government and administration.

    Owen? Simply another variation on the oozing, insinuating house Uriah Heep creep kept about on sufferance to do the appropriate Mandelson Manoeuvre when delicately required that a chibbing should be done but the forensics and the blood kept away from the starched whiter than white Persil cuffs of the puppet masters and mistresses.

    The Jock bit? The field slaves and rabid, on the make, whip wielding overseers currently bemoaning the assumptive fact that their neo-Con Normano-Anglo Massa has gone White Van Man Saxon native and is undercutting them with some more very, very backward British backward imports from provincial Paisleyite Ulster and fucking up their groove (no harm meant to their fellow troglodytes, but ye gotta ken, mon, this is oor bit o’ the Brit Tango. Nae butting in, mon,…).

    The LibDems? Still, post-Gladstone, slyly insinuating themselves everywhere and fomenting lies as they ooze a snail like trail of insinuation behind them from their anal orifices emitting ba’ faced lies.

    Mind you, Gladstone was a fairly oily fuck himself and kind of set the bar for Rennie and Carmichael to fail to aspire to.

    The JockBrit Tories, a lumpen, petit bourgeois collective of wannabe auld time uniformed and uninformed, European fascists hell bent on a comeback Nazi gig as a puppet government in the Jockistan bit of Uber Britannia Seeking Empire 2.0 thang which seems to be going on?

    Ruth the Mooth currently seeking an internment camp commandant position therein with la Dug as her batman and Rennie washing the bloodied dishes?

    Fcuk ‘ em all and their comprador spokesmicrophone, Mr Owen.

    We Scots – regardless of origin – shall pursue our own democratic and liberationary destiny amongst our fellow human beings already doing so and who have done with a degree of credit to their efforts, accordingly, for it is and it ain’t easy.

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