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Owen Jones can be a bad faith manipulative shit at times, and I think this in part because he’s blatantly misrepresented me in the past.
He definitely does police the boundaries of dissent and enforce an Overton Window that’s essentially damaging for the left - whether consciously or not. I can give quite a few examples of this.
He ex-communicated Kerry-Anne Mendoza, suggested she was ‘despicable’ to his 1m followers, and then refused to accept her explanation as to what she meant.

Now he’s pulling ‘God why are the cranks on Twitter so nasty can’t we all just get along?’.

What a brass neck.
He’s currently going big on his critics being ‘cranks’. A few Neurodiverse people have explained over the years why they find this term upsetting and offensive.

Jones doesn’t give a fuck and he’s rubbing our noses it.
This is a typical Owen Jones dodge when he’s being criticised. Most of the people challenging him were saying crank is *ableist* rather then fascist. But by only highlighting the claim that it’s fascist, he hopes to make the criticism seem ridiculous:
And Jones has been doing that for years when challenged from his left. Cherry picking only the criticisms he thinks people will find ridiculous, presenting them as typical of the whole and then dismissing them.
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