From the first day of setting up this blog up I’ve had this quote from Owen Jones’s one-minute video – the one he made for The Daily Politics on ‘How To Be A Lefty’ – on my masthead. It’s been there from day one. I’m kinda proud of that.
I regularly defended Owen from others to the left of Labour, mostly Socialist Party members but also SWP comrades from time to time, and others as well. Guess I need to update my masthead in light of Owen’s disappointing decent into sectarianism. “The enemy of socialists is each other, not capitalism.” ~Owen Jones. Howzat?
On the other hand, maybe I need to cut him some slack. Maybe I need to see if he can be pulled back from the brink. Benefit of the doubt and all that. Better a sinner who repenteth than never to have loved at all. Forgive him, Lord, for he’s probably just drunk.
To be serious, I am going to withhold a verdict. Many SWP members have probably written Owen Jones off. Maybe I will too, in time. Not quite yet though. Too soon to say, in my humble opinion.