The battle of Owen-Me-Owen-You (Aha) didn't disappoint on Wednesday afternoon as Sky News viewers were treated to what Guido Fawkes quickly called the 'media bitch-fight of the week'.
How can Labour offer an inspiring coherent alternative? Ooh - it's a biggie! Debating it on @skynews, 3.30pm.— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) July 22, 2015
The seemingly unlikely match up of two media men called Owen, The Guardian's fresh-faced leftist commentator Owen Jones and the Huffington Post UK's own Farage-following Owen Bennett, served up a semi-spiteful, extremely entertaining zinger-fest, as the adversaries traded blows over Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour leadership.
...the zing-o-metre called it a score draw, with Sky's Kay Burley also getting points for some brilliant lines of her own.
We've rounded up the best one-liners of the debate:
- Burley warns Jones not to try any jokes, telling him: "I do the gags, just to be clear young man."
- Jones calls Bennett “Owen Mark Two”. Bennett responds “You are older than me, so yes.” Jones shoots back: “Some age better than others”
- Burley shuts Jones down, saying “We’re here to talk about the candidates and what they are bringing to the party or otherwise.”
- Jones tells Bennett: “You sound like a Daily Mail headline generator”.
- Bennett remarks: “The thing for Owen Jones is I think it’s wonderful because his career is going so well that he’s now in the 1% of earners in this country.”
- As Jones says he has defended tax credits, Bennett demands: “Why don’t you stand then Owen?”
- Burley tells the gents that MailOnline political editor Matt Chorley has started the hashtag #OwenMeOwenYouAha, adding that it’s funnier than both of them.
But the two Owens weren't done there and took the row outside the studio for some afters:
@owenjbennett Let's just try and keep political debate to issues, rather than personalities, eh?— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) July 22, 2015
@OwenJones84 I thought all politics was personal?— Owen Bennett (@owenjbennett) July 22, 2015
@owenjbennett Well, your call if you want to reduce politics to personalised stuff, I guess. Good luck with it.— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) July 22, 2015
@owenjbennett Don't think I ever said people shouldn't share their personal experiences, and I'd welcome it if you did.— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) July 22, 2015
@OwenJones84 i would do, but someone advised me to keep political debate to issues.— Owen Bennett (@owenjbennett) July 22, 2015
@owenjbennett Just meant we don't have to be horrible to each other when we debate each on telly! Nice to meet you and have a nice day :)— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) July 22, 2015
@OwenJones84 ok I agree with that. Nice to meet you too. Genuinely liked your first book.— Owen Bennett (@owenjbennett) July 22, 2015
So people seem to have enjoyed our debate about the future of the Labour Party... https://t.co/J6drFwpCNM— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) July 22, 2015