In "Animal Farm", what is the significance of the name "Jones" given to the farmer?

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The name Jones is a very common name. Thus, Jones could stand for any farmer who does not take care of his land or for any country that does not take care of its people. In the novel, he represents Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia, before the Communist took over the country. Nicholas was out of touch with his people, just a Jones is out of touch with his animals. Nicholas lived a luxurious life while his people starved to death. Although Jones is not rich, he does not feed his animals with any consistency, thus leading to the revolution. In Russia, the people were also angry and jealous at the Tsar for his lifestyle while he ignored their needs.