John Harris

Journalist & Author

Homelessness has surged for seven years. And it’s clear who’s to blame | John Harris

The Tories’ ruinous policies have seen rough sleeping soar. And universal credit will pile on the misery for thousands more
From the knuckles upwards, at least three of his fingers were missing. Frostbite last winter, he said. Some of his toes had gone too. Someone had found him unconscious with hypothermia, and he had spent months in hospital before once again living on the street. He said he needed £17 for a one-night stay in…

Working with autism: ‘We need people who dare to think differently’

Neurodiversity can be a huge advantage for companies, yet people on the spectrum have often been marginalised. Now some firms are specifically seeking them out. Is this a crucial turning point?
Five minutes from London’s Liverpool street station is an office that looks like any other office in the tech industry: the decor is 21st century, pristine; takeaway coffee cups are omnipresent; most people under 30 are in casualwear. Just about everyone seems to be…

If journalists take sides, who will speak truth to power? | John Harris

The idea that those who seek to hold the mighty to account should be activists is a very dangerous one
Since the Labour party conference roared to its triumphant close just over a week ago, a 90-second video has been punted around Twitter and Facebook featuring the indomitable MP-cum-national treasure Dennis Skinner. On YouTube, the clip is headlined “Dennis Skinner schools a journalist”, and the qualities he always brings to his interviews are present…

Anywhere but Westminster: rotten fruit and the Rees-Mogg ambush – video

In their second Brexit Britain film, John Harris and John Domokos find themselves in a big Tory conference ruckus centred on the party darling Jacob Rees-Mogg – before the action shifts to the anti-EU heartlands of Kent. There, most voters are set on furiously pushing Britain towards the ‘out’ door, but at a local fruit farm, shortages of eastern European pickers have already led to food rotting in the fields. What’s the Mogg answer to…

Anywhere but Westminster: return to Brexit Britain – video

In the first of two new films, as the Conservative conference promises ‘the best Brexit for Britain’, John Harris and John Domokos talk to Tory true believers and pro-EU protesters, before heading out on the road to find the reality beyond the political noise. They meet hard-working Europeans worried about their future in the UK, businesses that fear the worst, and angry voters who still passionately believe that Brexit must happen
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