POLLY AND OWEN – FUCK OFF BACK TO OXFORD

POLLY AND OWEN – FUCK OFF BACK TO OXFORD

So Oxbridge-educated commentators like Polly Toynbee, Laurie Penny and Owen Jones are still utilising an unfair advantage despite their left-wing views?

“I’m sure Polly Toynbee is a lovely person, but it’s time for Toynbee and co to move over,” she fires back. “I and other working-class people can do what they do, but with an authentic voice. I have no apologies about this, and if they don’t move over we’ll take it anyway. As a class, we need to say: ‘Stop writing about us, stop writing at us.

Put down the sharp elbows because we have got our own people.’

“This is my challenge to Polly Toynbee: Why are you still talking? Your voice is redundant. If you mean what you say, step over and give me your column.”

Lisa Mckenzie in today’s Morning Star

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5 responses to “POLLY AND OWEN – FUCK OFF BACK TO OXFORD

  1. Danny Boy

    hmm OJ wrote the afterword for Lisa Mackenzie’s book

  2. Directors, expensive dinners, blazers
    Oxford university hell raisers, Brandy sippers, God forbid
    the Proles will never EVER understand, but we did

    Polly Toynbee WILL face justice in the end

  3. Dr Llareggub

    Well done Lisa.
    But it is not just that Polly, Owen and the like have advantages in being allowed to write for the Guardian. There are many of us with working class backgrounds who could write quality articles. The point is that the Guardian/BBC/Independent etc. have their own political standpoint which puts them on the anti working class side, even when they write articles in support of politicians and policies which will be kind to the lower orders who are supposed to be grateful. The professional left bring a lot of dangerous baggage which has been accepted by many in the anarchist and working class movements. There are always countries whose regimes they support, and left wing campaigns which allegedly transcend class interests. And come the election we will see people affected by the professional left, carefully choosing to vote for Labour candidates who appear more left than the others.
    There is a need to challenge the aspirations of the professional left. I am too old and frequently to tired to stand as a Class War candidate and aware that too many CW supporters who cannot wean themselves away from the Polly’s and Owens, would oppose me. So I am working for animal welfare in New Zealand which is why I have not shown my face on the Doors campaign – proven to be the most significant one for years. .

  4. Greg

    Her book Getting By, is well worth a read.

  5. Bronwyn

    http://medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2014/778-the-establishment-andrew-marr-and-owen-jones.html

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    Jones comments on ideas for media reform proposed by the Leveson Report: ‘After the proposals were announced, the media owners mobilized against them.’ (p.285) After all, media ‘ownership [is] in the hands of a small number of oligarchs’ (p.286) and in fact ‘much of the media is a political machine, lobbying for the often personal objectives of their owners’. (p.299)

    Jones’s main focus, then, over and over again – media moguls. Happily, his employer, the Guardian, is not owned by a media mogul but by a trust. He quotes journalist Christopher Hird:

    ‘With the exception of The Guardian, all of the papers in Britain are owned by people who basically believe that if you work for them, that is the framework in which things are going to be written about.’ (p.239)

    Again, convenient for Jones, a recent Guardian recruit, and his focus on the problem of media moguls.

    Former Guardian journalist Jonathan Cook put Jones’s analysis in perspective in an article titled, ‘The Dangerous Cult of the Guardian’:

    ‘The Guardian, like other mainstream media, is heavily invested – both financially and ideologically – in supporting the current global order. It was once able to exclude and now, in the internet age, must vilify those elements of the left whose ideas risk questioning a system of corporate power and control of which the Guardian is a key institution.’

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