Reviewer: John Roberts
As part of their lunchtime talks series, political commentator and journalist Owen Jones spoke in front of a passionate and sold out crowd about the future of politics and the new found hope that is currently sweeping the nation
Jones isn’t going to apologise for being a Corbynite and everything the current Labour leadership candidate stands for. In fact he spends the first five minutes laughing at the dystopian nightmare prose piece that the Daily Mail had written about him and his family today. But this wasn’t a talk about his support of the potential future leader of Labour, instead it was a passionate plea for people to see past the lies and vitriol being spread about by the right wing press, pulling evidence from political history he provides a strong and articulate response to the seismic shift that is currently facing UK politics.
A hope of change is firmly rooted in everything he shares, but he isn’t delusional that there will be a cost involved, not only for the supports of this grassroots movement but also for those spearheading the drive forward. He knows the knives will be out and that attacks will come thick and fast, but he also knows change comes at a price, in the past that has involved people putting their own lives to the course… He isn’t advocating that move for us know, but he is sharp to point out that the greatest changes to politics haven’t been given to us because the upper echelon of society were feeling generous, but because society stood together, fought together and demanded better rights.
Whatever your political viewpoint, what you can’t deny is Jones’ passionate and encyclopedic knowledge of his subject matter, it’s inspiring and he drives a powerful and thought provoking message. As a speaker he is engaging and humble and humorous. This was an excellent hour spent in front of an excellent speaker.