John Harris

Journalist & Author

Any new prime minister is doomed if they don’t fix Britain’s democracy | John Harris

If we are to avoid the kind of dystopia that now haunts not just politics but popular culture, great change is imperative
Presented with Brexit, a political system apparently breaking apart and the central importance of online networks to just about everything, it is tempting to ignore the past and focus on what seems to be a very modern picture. It is always difficult to zoom out from the daily hurly-burly and understand the true…

How to take over your town: the inside story of a local revolution

They are passionate about their community, know what the issues are – and are sick to death of party politics. Meet the independent groups from Devon to London who are seizing control
A quiet revolution has begun in the Devon town of Buckfastleigh. Its compact high street, functional-looking industrial estate and population of 3,300 suggest a place modestly getting on with business. But, while it may go unnoticed by those whooshing past on…

Brexit breakdown: 14 days that shook politics | Anywhere but Westminster – video

Starting with the unexpected scramble for the European parliament and ending with the byelection buildup in Peterborough, John Harris and John Domokos go on a mammoth road trip into the new reality: politics changed forever by the internet, and voters who want direct control
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Britain is horribly divided – but that’s also the fault of remainers | John Harris

Opposing a reckless, no-deal Brexit by embracing a tribal war would be disastrous
In the buildup to the European elections, I travelled around Britain and had the sense of people talking about the state of the country in wildly different ways. “Democracy is broken,” shouted a Brexit supporter in Swindon. I met lifelong Tories on the affluent edges of the Cotswolds, anxious about how England seems to be embracing the politics of extremes. In Manchester,…

The energy behind Farage and his Brexit party leaves his rivals in the shadows | John Harris

His crude messages need to be fought with urgency and passion – precisely what the remain parties lack
Last Sunday, I went to a Brexit party rally in Frimley, Surrey. The venue was the Lakeside Hotel and Country Club complex, well known as the setting for international darts contests. Inside, 1,200 or so people had gathered to hear Nigel Farage and most of the party’s other would-be MEPs for the south-east region. The…

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