John Harris

Journalist & Author

The Tories are savaging libraries – and closing the book on social mobility | John Harris

Since 2010, more than 478 libraries have closed in England, Wales and Scotland. It’s the old Tory con: talk up advancement, then attack the institutions that make it possible
If they weren’t already here, we’d have to invent them: public spaces, crammed with books, computers and information points, where events and meetings regularly take place, and children in particular get an early taste of the world beyond their own immediate experience.
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Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake: ‘You can’t avoid homelessness in Manchester. It touched us both’

When the musician and the actor met in 2014, they ‘clicked straight away’, bonding over a mission to bring back socially conscious art. They talk about shamanic rock stars, working-class guilt and how their spoken-word album about homelessness strives to be a modern Cathy Come Home
Back in the autumn of 2014, Johnny Marr was about to release his second solo album, go on tour and get down to writing his autobiography. Maxine Peake, meanwhile,…

Airbnb, Uber, eBay: in this intangible world workers must adapt to survive | John Harris

As the old forms of physical production fall away, the future looks bright for those who reinvent themselves – and ominous for those who can’t
As descriptions of capitalism go, it’s surely one of the best ever written: poetic, urgent, and as much to do with metaphysics as economics. According to the Communist Manifesto: “Constant revolutionising of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from…

Do we really want Mark Zuckerberg to run the world? | John Harris

The Facebook chief executive doesn’t need to become US president. He is already way too powerful for that
The question is almost a year old, and not currently being asked in quite the feverish way it was over the summer. But let’s try it again: could Mark Zuckerberg run for US president? The founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook began 2017 by announcing his latest “challenge”: a pledge to visit the 30 US…

Do we really want Mark Zuckerberg to run the world? | John Harris

The Facebook chief executive doesn’t need to become US president. He is already way too powerful for that
The question is almost a year old, and not currently being asked in quite the feverish way it was over the summer. But let’s try it again: could Mark Zuckerberg run for US president? The founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook began 2017 by announcing his latest “challenge”: a pledge to visit the 30 US…

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