John Harris

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The blame is all Labour’s if it leaks a large chunk of votes to the Greens | John Harris

From Ed Miliband down, the party seems increasingly incoherent and cynical – even nasty
Ed Miliband pitched up at the University of London last week to make a speech hyped up as his comeback. You may have heard bits of it: he warned of the dangers of what he called a “zero-zero economy” (zero-hours contracts for the unfortunate; zero tax for the lucky few), and took issue with Ukip.
“We will be talking…

Love, loss and mixtapes: the Guardian and the Royal Court’s music microplay

Groove Is in the Heart celebrates the ritual of recording a compilation tape in the days before the infinite jukebox of the internet. Director Bijan Sheibani and the Guardian’s John Harris explain how they and the playwright Robin French explored our changing relationship with music and technology
Your mixtape stories: share your memories and pictures
The Royal Court meets the Guardian in microplays series – video
Watch our food microplay, Britain

Farage and the UK Independence Party: the death of Ukip has been greatly exaggerated

Last week a Guardian Live audience debated the future of Ukip and discussed how far the party could go. John Harris says the idea of peak Ukip is fantasy, and were a long way off it yet
During the first seven months of 2014, a convenient fantasy took root among some metropolitan commentators. Whenever the UK Independence Party was the subject of a negative story, there were mutterings about peak Ukip, and the inevitability…

A massive devolutionary moment for Manchester and perhaps the whole of Britain | John Harris

This week the north-west felt the first tremors of change to our woefully centralised system of government
On 3 May 2012 Manchester was among 10 English cities to stage a referendum on whether or not to do what the government wanted, and place its affairs in the hands of an elected mayor. By 53% to 47%, it was one of nine places that decided against. The turnout was only 25%, and neither side…

Jon Cruddas: Ed Miliband faces a dilemma as the political ground shifts

The head of Labours policy review discussed the way forward for the party, as the English regional cabinet committee met in Manchester
On Friday proceedings in Manchester town hall began with something in rather short supply of late: good news for the Labour party. In the wood-panelled first-floor Scrutiny Room, Ed Miliband understatedly informed his guests that his party had seen off the Ukip menace and won the byelection to decide the next police and…

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