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Ioan Marc Jones

Editor and Writer.

Ioan Marc Jones reluctantly entered the brutal world of writing and editing after receiving an MA from the University of London. He has contributed to The Independent, The Huffington Post, Economy and a host of other publications.

Jeremy Corbyn Is Offering Mainstream Economic Policies

Corbyn's manifesto adopts mainstream economics. It calls for moderate and sensible change. Such change depends primarily on the reversal of the Conservatives' excessive tax reductions and the adoption of a level of taxation that will remain far lower than most G7 countries. Even economists not aligned with the left have called the Labour manifesto sensible. This is not unsurprising. Credible economists are seldom radical, but neither is the Labour Party's manifesto.
08/06/2017 13:13 BST

How Tilikum Bolstered The Animal Rights Movement

Tilikum died on 6 January 2017. He was 36. He spent most of his life in tanks that consisted of 0.00001% of his natural habitat. He was fed only processed and frozen fish. He performed tricks each day to the rapturous applause of folks like my brothers and I. SeaWorld released an almost laughable statement claiming that he had lived an 'enriching life'.
12/01/2017 13:25 GMT

How Hip-Hop Is Confronting Toxic Masculinity

Contemporary hip-hop is telling men that it is okay to feel vulnerable. It is telling men that it is okay to talk about feeling vulnerable. It is telling men that it is okay to be human. Hip-hop's challenge of masculinity is profoundly liberating, particularly for those feeling constricted or poisoned by toxic masculinity.
22/12/2016 13:19 GMT

Walkouts Across Europe Demonstrate The Absurdity Of The Gender Pay Gap

We live in a moment in history, akin to every other moment in modern history, when a woman doing exactly the same job as a man can expect less pay. This is quite obviously an absurdity. Due primarily to battles won in the past, however, we currently have the ability to challenge this injustice.
22/11/2016 12:22 GMT

The Homelessness Reduction Bill Is A Step In The Right Direction

t is still underfunded, and hopefully the prospect additional funds will be raised during the Third Reading, but it is a step, perhaps only a small step, in the right direction. Charities have accomplished truly incredible feats with limited resources, but now the government needs to take some responsibility.
02/11/2016 17:04 GMT

The Dark and Disturbing Tale of Winnie the Pooh

Wrapped in a blanket, my brothers and I used to sit by the radiator and listen to my mum read children's classics. My favourites were <em>Winnie the Pooh</em> and <em>The House at Pooh Corner</em>. I remember revelling in the stories of a clueless bear, accompanied by excited and reluctant friends, wandering around Hundred Acre Wood in the perpetual pursuit of honey.
27/06/2016 11:31 BST

The Leave Campaign Won Precisely Because They Had No Plan

It is no coincidence that the Leave campaign didn't offer a post-Brexit plan. It became clear in the days following Britain's decision to leave the EU that any plan would have thwarted the Leave camp's victory. The reason is obvious: the expectations of Brexiters are disparate and often contradictory. To make concrete pledges, therefore, would have frustrated potential voters.
27/06/2016 11:13 BST

The Difficulty with Ditching Meat

'Don't you miss meat?' This is the first question posed by the friends and family of the newborn vegetarian. The question, for me at least, isn't offensive. And the answer isn't complicated. I rarely miss the taste of meat - although I occasionally dream, like a vegetarian android, of mint-coated sheep - but I do miss the loss of ritual that accompanies meat consumption.
23/05/2016 11:37 BST

Running with Murakami

I had to get inspired. I had to want to run. I asked successful runners for advice and a couple of friends told me to read a book. It seemed like strange advice, but it was worth a try. The next day I bought Haruki Murakami's <em>What I Talk About When I Talk About Running</em>.
19/03/2016 15:25 GMT

Why We Need to Fight to Save Britain's Libraries

Every Briton needs an escape. Some find it on nightclub floors. Others find it amongst the foliage and greenery of public parks. For recluses, the library is our escape. It's our home. It's where we feel comfortable. It is as close to a utopia as we have ever found and we will always, albeit reluctantly, fight for that utopia.
11/02/2016 11:27 GMT

David Bowie: The Man and His Bookshelf

Bowie's favourite books reveal a great deal about his character and, indeed, his creative process. The list mentions obscure works that have become paradoxically mainstream -reminding us of Bowie. The choices are cultish, irreverent and brimming with heterodox.
11/01/2016 23:42 GMT

We Can't Blame the Right Wing Press for Labour's Current Problems

The left and the right of the Labour Party need to compromise. They need to unite. The right need to stop their obstinacy, accept Corbyn's mandate and attempt to compromise. The left need to stop their childish and unhelpful criticisms of MPs that question the purity of Corbynism. If both sides can stop arguing and promote a strong, convincing narrative, the press will resort to their shallow, transparent criticisms.
10/01/2016 22:02 GMT

A Positive Interpretation of Intolerance on the Tube

This story indeed illustrates one man's prejudice, but also shows plenty of folks are unwilling to allow such prejudice. Properly understood, this story is about working people, on their way home to see their families, who decided not to tolerate one man's intolerance. And that's kind of lovely. And I feel optimistic.
11/12/2015 11:44 GMT