Ben G. Jones
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Born in Salford, Ben Jones was educated at Sheldon School, a state comprehensive in Chippenham, Wiltshire. In 2011, he won a place at the University of Cambridge, the first of his family to go to University. His first passion is travelling. He made an epic journey though the Middle East during the Arab spring. He was in Benghazi a month before Muammar Gaddafi was killed, and spoke to rebel fighters and local residents.

He loves sport, comedy and politics. He has shadowed both Andy Burnham MP and Duncan Hames MP. He cites as inspirations his parents, Harold Wilson, Roméo Dallaire, "the brave people in Libya, Syria and many other places who have risked their lives to oppose tyranny", and "everyone who has ever had faith in me".

During his final years at school, he helped edit and market a book, 'Last Shop Standing' (link http://lastshopstanding.com/), whilst he also worked part-time washing dishes and waiting tables, as well as night shifts in a factory.

Ben can be contacted at bgj21@cam.ac.uk

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The Most Dangerous Road

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 9:44 PM

The bus was stifling, and the smell of evaporated sweat and petrol hung heavy in the air. I squeezed myself onto the back seat with my new friend, Dieumerci, the nephew of a pastor I had stayed with in Bukavu, and tried to get comfortable.

The bus was just...

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Nationalising Wonga

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2014 | 7:50 AM

If ever there is a company representing the most abhorrent and vile aspects of modern Britain, Wonga is surely it. Today, I make the case for taking the fight to payday loans companies which represent the financial sector at its very worst. The time has come, I argue, for a...

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Detained in DR Congo

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 10:55 AM

Last week I was detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My crime? Taking a photograph of a vegetable stall. Taking photos is officially illegal in Congo, though the law does not count for much here.

A guy in a Manchester United top took me into the police shed and...

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How Multiculturalism Can Work

(281) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 7:00 PM

I have been increasingly alarmed by what appears to be a backlash against multiculturalism. Eric Pickles recently criticised the "comfort blanket" of multiculturalism, promoting instead what he seems to regard as traditional British values. However, those who oppose multiculturalism are swimming against the tide. Mass migration has made our communities...

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Democracy Is in Crisis - Here Is The Solution.

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 9:21 AM

Governments with no power cannot be democratic. When governments cannot implement the people's mandate, the people have as much power as they would have in a dictatorship. Globalisation is making states increasingly unable to realise their citizens' aspirations.

If we want the politics of the future to be both...

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Beyond War: A Chance for Peace in a Changing World

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 9:27 AM

The history of humanity is a history of conflict. For all of recorded history, tribe has fought tribe, kingdom has fought kingdom, empire has fought empire.

Perhaps the greatest continuity of history is the desire of humans to harm other humans, differentiated by skin colour, beliefs, or language. Right across...

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