What type of leader is Mr. Jones in Animal Farm?

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Mr. Jones is a terrible leader who gets drunk and ignores his responsibilities.

Mr. Jones is a lazy drunk and a terrible farmer.  He repeatedly gets caught up in his own excesses and forgets to feed the animals or milk the cows.  In fact, it was one of these incidents that led to the first rebellion.

In past years Mr. Jones, although a hard master, had been a capable farmer, but of late he had fallen on evil days. He had become much disheartened after losing money in a lawsuit, and had taken to drinking more than was good for him. (ch 2)

Mr. Jones’s abuses are what allow the pigs to convince the other animals that they need to rebel.  When he does not feed and milk them, they suffer.  He does not look out for their best interest.  Since Mr. Jones does not keep the farm well, his men are “idle and dishonest.”

When the hay is ready for cutting and Jones goes off and gets drunk, and his men go hunting rabbits, no one has fed the animals.  Jones comes home and falls asleep, so the animals break into the feed shed and help themselves.  When Jones and the men try to stop them, the animals run them off and take over the farm.

Mr. Jones represents fat cat politicians who have responsibilities to look out of others, but ignore them in favor of helping themselves.  Jones was stupid and abusive, even if he might have had good intentions at one time.