John Harris

Journalist & Author

Undermining housing associations is the next big Tory vote-winner | John Harris

Spurred on by the memory of right to buy, the Conservatives are resorting to extreme measures in a doomed attempt to replicate Thatcherism’s popularity
As an exam question would put it: David Cameron and Margaret Thatcher – compare and contrast. She wanted to go “on and on”; he thinks two prime ministerial terms – or thereabouts – will do. Triumphant populism came to her as a matter of instinct; he and his allies still cannot…

Grammar Wanker: Sleaford Mods 2007‑2014 by Jason Williamson – review

Drug comedowns and fist fights – an angry and uncompromising collection of lyrics. Who else in modern English music is doing anything quite like this?
• This article contains language some readers may find offensive
Contrary to what you may have heard, rock music is not quite dead. Its foreground is often dominated by people of pensionable age, hot new acts often arrive when they are in their mid-30s – or even older – and musicians…

Living with the opposition: families who vote differently

Mum’s a lifelong Tory but her daughter’s gone Green. Dad backs Ukip and his son can’t shift him. Are relations strained at home? Candice Pires hears young people and their parents discuss their differences, while John Harris explains why the political divide is widening between the generations
To instantly understand the way we used to think about politics, voter loyalty and the basic shape of the British party system, it’s a good idea to…

Every Tory attack on the SNP is another blow to the union | John Harris

By scaremongering about a possible Labour/SNP government, the Tories have turned from champions of the union to its inadvertent saboteurs
For those who believe in the survival of the union between England and Scotland, these are obviously febrile, fragile times. The latter country’s experience of the independence referendum has sent the SNP’s poll ratings soaring, and the prospect of the country underlining its political distance from England by sending a huge bloc of…

Every Tory attack on the SNP is another blow to the union | John Harris

By scaremongering about a possible Labour/SNP government, the Tories have turned from champions of the union to its inadvertent saboteurs
For those who believe in the survival of the union between England and Scotland, these are obviously febrile, fragile times. The latter country’s experience of the independence referendum has sent the SNP’s poll ratings soaring, and the prospect of the country underlining its political distance from England by sending a huge bloc of…

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