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An alternative to austerity: a talk by Owen Jones

Writer and influential political commentator Owen Jones talks about his strong opposition to Government cuts and proposes a fight-back alternative to austerity.

Owen Jones is a columnist, author and influential commentator associated with left-wing politics, he appears regularly on Question Time, Newsnight and in newspapers. In this talk, he examines the alleged failings of the current Government's austerity measures and proposes what some might consider a radical alternative.

Owen Jones was born in Sheffield and grew up in Stockport. After graduating, he worked as a trade union and parliamentary researcher. His first book, Chavs: the Demonization of the Working Class, was published in June 2011. He writes a weekly column for the Independent, is a regular broadcaster and is a policy and media advisor to the trade union think tank Class. He is currently working on his second book, on power in Britain, for Penguin. He was named 2012 Stonewall Journalist of the Year and Young Writer of the Year at the 2013 Political Book Awards.


Owen Jones | talks


Date and Time:

26 October 2013 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



Lady Mitchell Hall
Sidgwick Site
Sidgwick Avenue

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Organised by:

External Affairs and Communications, University of Cambridge
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The event is free but booking in advance is required.
Booking information:
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Bookings open on 23 September at 10 am.

Additional Information:

This event is part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas which runs from 23 October – 3 November 2013.

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