John Harris

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Revolutions are for zealots and fools – as the Brexit Bolsheviks will find out | John Harris

Leaving the EU was meant to be Thatcherism’s finale, but could turn out to be its death instead
• John Harris is a Guardian columnist
The centenary year of the Russian revolutions of 2017 highlights an accidentally topical question: what do revolutionaries do when they actually get their revolution? The immediate aftermath of the Bolshevik takeover of October 1917, wrote Leon Trotsky, often boiled down to “legislative improvisation”. In his autobiography, My Life,…

Brexit is clearly a terrible idea. But it has to happen | John Harris

Those who still hope to stop us leaving the EU need to think harder about the repercussions: the politics of the referendum period could come roaring back
• John Harris is a Guardian columnist
Social media is awash with it. In a certain kind of company, conversation inevitably turns to it. Now, even senior broadcast journalists hint that it might be possible, triggering great surges of online excitement. Barely a year after the EU…

How pop music built liberal Britain | John Harris

The tents may be down but the spirit of Glastonbury lives on – while the Tories are stuck in the 1950s
British Conservatism – with both a big and small “c” – is once again feeling the pangs of crisis. Tory optimists might be hanging on to the fact that their party has just scored its highest vote share since 1983; as Brexit grinds uncertainly on, Britain remains in the grip of an…

How pop music built liberal Britain | John Harris

The tents may be down but the spirit of Glastonbury lives on – while the Tories are stuck in the 1950s
British Conservatism – with both a big and small “c” – is once again feeling the pangs of crisis. Tory optimists might be hanging on to the fact that their party has just scored its highest vote share since 1983; as Brexit grinds uncertainly on, Britain remains in the grip of an…

How pop music built liberal Britain | John Harris

The tents may be down but the spirit of Glastonbury lives on – while the Tories are stuck in the 1950s
British Conservatism – with both a big and small “c” – is once again feeling the pangs of crisis. Tory optimists might be hanging on to the fact that their party has just scored its highest vote share since 1983; as Brexit grinds uncertainly on, Britain remains in the grip of an…

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