John Harris

Journalist & Author

Britain’s political modernisers have been crushed, and their replacements have no vision | John Harris

Technology will have a huge impact on us all, but Britain’s new generation of leaders look back to grammar schools and railway nationalisation despite the convulsions ahead
“If you had to choose any time in the course of human history to be alive, you’d choose this one.” So says Barack Obama in the editorial that opens the “Frontiers issue” of Wired magazine he has just guest-edited. On the face of it,…

Teaching assistants on strike: ‘If I don’t fight the pay cuts, I can’t look my daughter in the eye’

These stalwarts of the classroom help parents who are struggling and children who are falling behind. In some English schools they now face pay cuts of 25%. Do they think they can win?
At the gate of Lakeside primary school on the south-eastern edge of Derby, a mini-drama is afoot. It’s 8 o’clock on a Thursday morning, and a small group – most of them women – are forming a picket line, while others hand…

Don’t let England be rebranded as a nation of bigots | John Harris

People power, not politicians, led the fight against intolerance in the 1970s. We need that grassroots spirit again
To quote those legendary Englishmen the Beatles, it was 20 years ago today (or thereabouts). In autumn 1996, the Tory-run Department of National Heritage issued a press release featuring the term “Cool Britannia”. Tony Blair and the prime movers of New Labour were already on that political wavelength. In his conference speech the…

A Labour party of the future is beginning to emerge | John Harris

As left and right squabbled in the Liverpool conference centre, at Momentum’s festival down the road a new, modernised movement was taking shape
Anyone expecting the revolution will surely have walked into Liverpool’s gleaming Convention Centre and wondered where it was. The Labour party conference might now be Jeremy Corbyn’s domain, but it was all surprisingly familiar: a great wall of men in dark suits, fringe meetings with titles like “What’s ahead for…

Can Labour win an election under Corbyn? Readers debate

Catch up on our discussion looking at whether Labour can win under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership
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The Labour Party will not win the next general election, but that isn’t the right way of looking at the problem. Labour is in the midst of the same crisis as its sister social-democratic…

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