John Harris

Journalist & Author

Do we need vegan-friendly fivers? Catch up on our live look at the week

From a Richmond by-election to Trump and more, look back on our real-time discussion about the week’s news and comment
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I had one of those moments parents dread this week. Just as I…

If austerity is over, why can’t Britain afford proper social care? | John Harris

The services hit hardest by Tory cuts are those that allow the needy to live with dignity. Surely they should now be the highest priority
The 82-year-old man said he wanted to remain anonymous. Then he spent half an hour telling me about the increasing difficulty of his day-to-day life. “I feel helpless,” he said. He lives alone around 40 minutes from London, and has a neurological condition that leads to long spells of physical weakness.…

Sleaford’s Brexit byelection: a people united by fear for the future – video

John Harris visits Sleaford in Lincolnshire, where 62% of people voted to leave the EU, and the Tories, Labour and Ukip are contesting a byelection on 8 December after the resignation of Conservative MP Stephen Phillips. Older voters are concerned about immigration and national identity, while younger people seem to be on a different planet. But could shared fears bridge the generation gap?
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Is a progressive alliance the only way to stop hard-right populism?

In this week’s Richmond Park byelection, Ukip and the Conservatives are backing Zac Goldsmith. Why can’t the parties of the left work together in the same way to oppose Brexit and Tory hegemony?
At 7am on Thursday, polling stations will open in an upmarket corner of west London for the Richmond Park byelection. This odd affair is entirely in keeping with a year of unexpected political events.
They might be the party of government, but…

On Brexit, the Labour leadership offers anxious voters … nothing | John Harris

Who will block, delay or even question the government on its EU exit strategy? Not, it is increasingly clear, the opposition
Last week I was in Sleaford, Lincolnshire: a market town, population 17,000, with a very middle-English mixture of Barratt houses and boarded-up shops, and a political atmosphere defined by the increasingly fraught aftermath of the EU referendum.
Thanks to the resignation of its former Tory MP, Stephen Phillips, a leave supporter who…

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