John Harris

Journalist & Author

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees: ‘My dad arrived to signs saying​: ​No Irish, no blacks, no dogs’

His election as UK’s first black mayor was deeply symbolic. How does he plan to tackle Bristol’s growing problem with inequality – and its racist past?
‘I don’t want to be tagged as the black mayor. I’m a mayor for all of the city,” says Marvin Rees. “But my story of growing up here as a mixed-race kid does matter. There is something special about that.”
Earlier this month, Rees defeated the incumbent mayor

How to cut through the political noise to talk to the people who matter

With the EU referendum looming, we want you to tell us: who should we discuss the big issues with?
It was a Tuesday lunchtime in Druid Heights, a struggling central Baltimore neighbourhood, all boarded-up houses and abandoned backlots. We were following a team from non-partisan local church organisation BUILD as they knocked on doors and tried to get people to vote in the Maryland state primaries.
The presidential candidates and their political machines…

Donald Trump supporters are not the bigots the left likes to demonise | John Harris

It is time to stop the hysterical moralising and try to understand why mainstream US politics is so unappealing.

For more on Trump and the US elections watch John Harris’s latest video

Last Tuesday, at about 3pm, I parked my rental car outside a polling station in the suburbs of Indianapolis, and began to talk to the droves of people going in and out. There was only one subject I really wanted to hear…

Why people vote Trump: the death of the American dream – video

Alongside Donald Trump’s nasty rhetoric, the Republicans’ presidential hopeful has been banging on about one huge issue: US firms increasingly moving jobs abroad, and the country’s rising sense of decline. John Harris watches The Donald win the presumptive nomination in Indiana; tells the story of one doomed factory that has become a Trump cause célèbre; and talks to voters who think he’s the only option – as well as the people who think it’s all…

The Sanders effect: talking about a revolution in Baltimore – video

Bernie Sanders and his supporters have shaken up America with an agenda of addressing inequality, poverty and the deep social problems facing the United States. But what happened when they tried to convince a city defined by those things? John Harris visits Baltimore to sample the aftershocks of 2015’s ‘uprising’ and meets people trying to push politics somewhere new
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