John Harris

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Record Store Day: can’t stop the rock, but £50 man fills in for teenage rebels

The international event sometimes feels like a day-long benefit for a struggling musical genre, writes John Harris
Jumbo Records in Leeds has been in business for 43 years. Located in a functional shopping centre that also houses Poundland and McDonald’s, its interior offers a fascinating contrast to just about everything that surrounds it. When I arrive, the in-house audio system is blaring out a song from 1971 by the black American pioneers Funkadelic. The cream…

London has become a citadel, sealed off from the rest of Britain | John Harris

Ukip and Scottish nationalism are symptoms of public hostility to the overweening power and dominance of the capital
Last week, an empty if sizable garage in Camberwell somewhere to put a car, that is, not a repair business or petrol station was sold at auction for £550,000, having been put on the market by Southwark council as a "development opportunity". A man from property website Zoopla told the Financial Times that…

A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens review

Too many jobs are now temporary and insecure: a new class, the ‘precariat’ is growing. Guy Standing has responded with an inspiring vision of a Good Society
At the Labour conference of 2005, Tony Blair made one of his most fascinating speeches as party leader and prime minister: a tribute to the cleansing hurricane of globalisation, from a man who had seen the future, but worried that the people assembled in front of him were…

The Tories own the future the left is trapped in the past | John Harris

Too many progressives remain wedded to nationalisation, the big state and jobs for life. If they can’t find a more modern vision the battle is lost
Let’s face it: increasingly it feels as if the Tories will win the next election, possibly outright. Yes, there remain serious obstacles to Conservative success. But look at recent polls. History apparently suggests that even a five-point deficit for any Tory government will translate into a seven-point lead…

The Tories own the future the left is trapped in the past

Too many progressives remain wedded to nationalisation, the big state and jobs for life. If they can’t find a more modern vision the battle is lost
Let’s face it: increasingly it feels as if the Tories will win the next election, possibly outright. Yes, there remain serious obstacles to Conservative success. But look at recent polls. History apparently suggests that even a five-point deficit for any Tory government will translate into a seven-point lead…

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