John Harris

Journalist & Author

England’s rebel spirit is rising – and it wants a no-deal Brexit | John Harris

In the face of political stasis, the seductive myth of Britain standing alone against its oppressors is taking hold
In my innocence, I didn’t expect many people to be in a central Portsmouth Wetherspoons at 10.30am on a Friday morning. But there they all were, in their droves: passionate supporters of Brexit, there to hear the pub chain’s founder and chairman, Tim Martin, make the case for Britain leaving the EU with no

A nation ‘bored of Brexit’ risks sleepwalking into disaster | John Harris

Voters are switching off from the sound and fury as Brexit hits fever pitch. But this indifference could redefine our politics
Just before Christmas, I spent a day in Cowley, a working-class suburb of Oxford where a factory now owned by BMW manufactures that great British icon, the Mini. The plant closes its doors for an annual “maintenance period”, usually timed to coincide with local schools’ summer holidays. But this year, amid the company’s concerns…

Who will pay for Donald Trump’s border wall?

With the US government in partial shutdown, the president continues to demand funding for his Mexican border wall. Lauren Gambino, in Washington DC, and Bryan Mealer, in Texas, discuss how Trump’s central campaign promise has led to this point of paralysis. Plus, John Harris looks back to the optimism of 1989
Donald Trump has visited the southern US border in Texas after walking out of talks to resolve one of the country’s longest government…

Together we can thwart the big-tech data grab. Here’s how | John Harris

A decentralised internet sounds offputtingly complicated. But our lives, online and off, now depend upon it
Our family got a Google Home Hub for Christmas. As comparative lifestyle Neanderthals, we have so far only used it as a glorified digital picture frame and music player, though this is clearly not what it was built for. Say “Hey, Google”, tell it what you want, and a whole universe of entertainment, advice and help can…

If we must look to the past, let’s make it 1989: a year of transformation | John Harris

From eastern Europe to the dancefloors of Britain, a new optimism emerged. We should remember and take heart
Whatever happened to the future? Brexiteers cling on to a fantastical mixture of empire, war and an England whose genius was supposedly embodied by Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. In the United States, Donald Trump harks back to an America of economic might: musclebound men toiling in car factories and coalmines, and splendid isolation. A…

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