John Harris

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Anger Is an Energy review John Lydon’s ‘life uncensored’

The ‘only truly terrifying singer rock’n’roll has ever known’ keeps it honest and defies his own stereotype
In Lipstick Traces, the brilliant "secret history of the 20th century" in which Greil Marcus placed punk rock at the end of a long tradition of subversion and sedition, the Sex Pistols were hailed as immeasurably more than just a four-piece rock group. "It doesn’t seem like a mistake to confuse their moment with a major…

This way to the Brexit: what would happen if Britain left the EU?

Ukip has an MP, and a British exit from Europe once a far-right fantasy looks likelier than ever before. So what would it look like? And would our passports turn blue?
Welcome, once again, to the messy and uncertain future of British politics. On the Essex coast, the UK Independence Party has just won its first parliamentary byelection; in Greater Manchester, they have come within a whisker of snatching a hitherto safe seat from Labour.…

Clacton byelection: the main parties need to hear this roar of defiance | John Harris

From Clacton to Strood, only Ukip seems to speak to voters who feel abandoned, patronised and ignored
A fortnight or so ago, as part of the campaign for this weeks Clacton byelection, Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage addressed a public meeting. The hall where it was held is only a stones throw from Jaywick, the jumble of former holiday chalets and potholed streets that is reckoned to be the poorest council ward…

David Cameron’s 2014 conference speech: panel verdict

How did David Cameron’s Conservative conference speech go down? Our writers deliver their verdicts Continue reading…

The Tories at war: troublemakers, egotists and backstabbers

Ukip defections, leadership manoeuvring and poll panics are eating away at the Tories. John Harris outlines the ructions in the ranks and breaks down the competing factions
Ten steps to the perfect Tory speech video
As with so many things, its ultimately Margaret Thatchers fault. Who else is there to blame for the state of the Tory Party gathered this week in Birmingham: fixated on the issue of Europe, edging into ideological zealotry and…

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