This is a bit dramatic, so firstly I’m fine, but last night - when I was celebrating my birthday - I was attacked, along with my friends, in a blatant premeditated assault.— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) 17 August 2019
The group then scarpered: I don’t know if they said anything in the melee. I’m fine other than a big bump on my head and a cut back.— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) 17 August 2019
Given the far right attacks I’ve had in the streets, and generally escalating far right threats I’ve had, I’m in no doubt as to what this is.
Forgive the suspicion, but we have only Owen's word for this and would expect a huge narcissist to make a bigger meal of it. Where are the pictures of his injuries? Where is the mobile phone footage? How does he know it was the "far right"? Little Owen is equally despised my some on the left as he is on the right. If it was such a well planned and "premeditated" attack then how come he escaped with such minor injuries? So many questions.
One thing is for certain, if such an attack did take place it must be condemned by all sides. While he is generally perceived as a cocky irritating wee gobshite, to use him as a punchbag on the streets serves only to strengthen his cause. If he's been quiet about it today, he won't be tomorrow. He's probably typing up his next Guardian column right now and we know how it's going to read... the rise of the far right blah blah we must confront this thuggery blah blah Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, the hard right Tories blah blah bloody blah. His commie friends in Novara Media are already all over it...
This is absolutely disgusting, and demonstrates just how emboldened the far-right have become in the UK.— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) 17 August 2019
Solidarity with OJ. https://t.co/Y9NEHrmQLk
Owen is dealing with this with typical dignity, as he has with far right harassment and threats in the past. But that shouldn't detract from how serious and how dangerous it is that they feel emboldened to violently attack a left-wing journalist in the street. https://t.co/B3CANnTv4e— James B (@piercepenniless) 17 August 2019
This attack, regardless of whether it actually happened, will be exploited by the left to the hilt. You can hardly blame them. When they were chucking milkshakes and joking about acid we turned that to our advantage. Throwing punches at annoying little lefty bawbags is only going to help the cause of annoying little lefty bawbags. However, if he did stage this, and he is found out, it's a career ender for Little Owen.