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Corbyn is chiming with the times. But no one can predict anything any more | John Harris

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

The mood is rightly jubilant for Labour, but the insurgent party can’t forget the complexity of its position

We will remember this summer for the rest of our lives. It is starting to feel like a whole decade compacted into mere weeks: despair followed by joy followed by yet more despair, while political certainties that recently seemed rock solid suddenly fall away.

After 10 years of pain, austerity might just be in retreat. The idea of England and Wales as some monochrome expanse, full of nostalgia and nastiness and people content to watch as their social fabric is serially wrecked, has been drastically weakened. The horrors at Grenfell Tower are obviously part of the same moment: a hesitant national awakening in which a sense of dread and worry about where we are headed has been intensified by a sudden realisation about the country we have become.

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The idea of England and Wales as some monochrome expanse, full of nostalgia and nastiness, is serially wrecked

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Britain is more divided than ever. Now Labour has a chance to unify it | John Harris

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Theresa May is still in No 10 – and the wounds of Brexit are still raw. But Corbyn can build on his party’s amazing breakthrough

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The centre of Birmingham at midnight offered plenty of proof of what had just happened. On Broad Street, the neon-lit strip that sits at the heart of the city’s nightlife, an endless parade of young people were shouting their joy. “Corbyn! Corbyn!” yelped three twentysomething men; a woman told me she planned to drink a shot of tequila every time Labour gained a seat. They talked in emotional terms about student debt, the health service, and their belief in a diverse Britain. But perhaps the most moving part was played by a man in a wheelchair, who told us he was penniless and bemoaned the cruelties of the benefits system before he mentioned Jeremy Corbyn, and uttered seven words that made me well up: “Something has to change in this world.”

Related: UK election 2017: full results

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The Britain that lost and the Britain that won – video

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Over 12 electrifying hours, John Harris and John Domokos pinball around the bellwether West Midlands – from Brexit heartlands where older voters took against Jeremy Corbyn, to the diverse, urban areas where young people backed the Labour leader to the hilt and pushed Theresa May’s vision of the country’s future aside. Seats are won and lost, but one thing is clear: hope has suddenly returned

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Britain’s transformed election: what on earth is going on? – video

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Five weeks after their election trek began, John Harris and John Domokos travel through England and Wales and watch Jeremy Corbyn in action, as they try to answer the crucial questions: is the Labour surge real? Has Theresa May’s campaign crumpled? And where is the country heading next?

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Corbyn shows there’s a new way of doing politics. Straight talking is back | John Harris

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Parroting old slogans no longer works. In an increasingly chaotic world, the Labour leader understands the need for morality and authenticity

What strange times these are. Three weeks ago this election looked set to be a drab affair centred on a prime minister apparently unable to fulfil even the most basic requirements of campaigning, and the seemingly unstoppable prospect of a huge Conservative win.

Related: Up against the Maybot, Corbyn struggles not to be a personality | John Crace

The Facebook age is egalitarian in spirit. Woe betide the politician who will not turn up to the debate

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