John Harris

Journalist & Author

We’re ignoring the crisis of our most democratic public transport: buses

Bus travel in London may be in rude health, but across the country Tory cuts have led to a massacre of routes and services – leaving thousands of low-income passengers isolated
Tuscany, Schmuscany. On Sunday I got back from a week’s holiday in Whitby, the North Yorkshire fishing port whose craggy streets and cosy harbour give it the feel of a redoubt from the modern world. Among the best bits of our family trip was…

Labour leadership election – Politics Weekly podcast

To the horror of the Labour establishment, Jeremy Corbyn has shot out of backbench obscurity to become the shock favourite for Labour leader. What will a Corbyn win mean for Labour and British politics? Continue reading…

Assisted dying is not the answer to old age. It could be the best time of our lives | John Harris

Gill Pharoah preferred to die rather than grow old. But I don’t share this vision of ageing
“I have looked after people who are old, on and off, all my life. I have always said, ‘I am not getting old. I do not think old age is fun.’ I know that I have gone just over the hill now. It is not going to start getting better.”
Gill Pharaoh, a 75-year-old former palliative

The Jeremy Corbyn effect: ‘Jez we can’ – video

From one of the summer’s big gatherings of the left, the Tolpuddle festival, to the streets of marginal Bedford and a big campaign rally in Luton, John Harris charts the rise of Jeremy Corbyn and his effect on politics. He finds a political world where everything is suddenly turned upside down, and where anything is possible Continue reading…

What Jeremy Corbyn offers his supporters is clarity | John Harris

The under-30s are drawn to this Labour leadership contender by human factors: qualities that are as much about tone as content – and made a Tuesday night in Luton electric
Around once a year now, something bubbles to the surface that shows how broken mainstream politics has become. Sometimes these things endure; often they fizzle out. But from the brief season of Cleggmania, through the on-off rise of Ukip and the so-called “green surge”, to…

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