John Harris

Journalist & Author

There’s another pandemic stalking Britain: hunger | John Harris

As Boris Johnson instructs us to go out and spend, swathes of the population can barely afford to eat
In over three months of reporting about the Covid-19 outbreak and the social crisis it has sparked, one subject has come up in my conversations far more than most: food. Or rather, an increasing number of people’s familiarity with the experience and prospect of hunger.
As the recession that will surely explode by the autumn takes…

After a decade of austerity: what now? – podcast

Columnist John Harris has spent the past decade touring the country and reporting on what devastating budget cuts have meant to communities. Looking back, he sees some signs of hope amid the devastation. But will the government change its approach for the impending Covid-19 economic crash?
When George Osborne delivered his spending review in June 2010 it ushered in what would become a decade of austerity measures. As budgets were slashed for children’s centres, libraries,…

Life in lockdown: Covid-19, BLM and inequality in east London – video

As people emerge into a changed reality, the Anywhere But Westminster team focuses on east London, where Covid-19 has fused with the Black Lives Matter movement and huge injustices are impossible to ignore. Young people in particular are agreed: there’s no going back to the world of 12 weeks ago

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‘Things vanish off the edge’: Barnsley counts the cost of a decade of austerity

The borough council has lost a third of its budget and the results are plain to see
Thurnscoe in South Yorkshire has a population of 8,500 and a local economy that speaks volumes about modern British history. Until the demise of the coal industry it was a pit village, where 80% of the male workforce earned their living from mining.
Now, on the site of the former Houghton main colliery three miles down the road,…

Racists think England is theirs. It’s time to show them it is not | John Harris

We don’t have to accept an archaic, hateful vision of our country. Let’s build on the diverse, multiracial place it actually is
In his first speech as prime minister in the House of Commons, Boris Johnson said that securing Brexit was a way of “uniting and re-energising our great United Kingdom and making this country the greatest place on Earth”. A few months later, he addressed the Conservative conference, and told his audience…

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