Chavs, the wokeing class & covid 19

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In 2011, Owen Jones, Guardian columnist and identitarian leftist, published Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class. In the book Jones lays bare the chattering classes disdain for ordinary people. “It seems” he writes “as though working-class people are the one group in society that you can say practically anything about.” Chavs was lauded a significant work, The New York Times called it “a work of passion, sympathy and moral grace.”

But 2011 seems such a long, long time ago. So long ago that Jones appears to have forgotten he actually wrote it.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2020


  • Identity politics
  • Woke
  • Covid 19
  • Coronavirus


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