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EU referendum: our panel on Jeremy Corbyn’s Sky News appearance

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Popular opinion has it that the Labour leader ‘hasn’t been doing very much’ during the campaign – can he turn the tide?

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Britain is in the midst of a working-class revolt | John Harris

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Across the nation this past week I’ve heard the same refrain: ‘No one listens to us, no one cares.’ Now those ignored for so long are demanding a voice

For the last five days I have been driving around England and Wales, filming scores of people as they talk about which way they’ll vote in the European Union referendum.

Related: For 50 years voters have been denied a genuine debate on immigration. Now we’re paying the price | Gary Younge

Related: I fear German dominance. That’s why I’m for remaining in the EU | Simon Jenkins

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Brexit will hurt your city, Labour tells core voters – but no one’s listening

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

In the final report on Labour and the EU referendum, we visit the Potteries, where local concerns outweigh economic fears

The script is simple, and repeated on doorstep after doorstep.

“I’m from the local Labour party, and we’re out canvassing about the EU referendum. Have you thought about how you’re going to vote?” says a local activist. There’s then a slightly awkward pause, followed by the same reply, again and again: that the person inside is either minded to vote to leave the EU or has long since decided to do so.

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The Labour supporters backing Brexit in Stoke-on-Trent heartland – video

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

The party’s official line says Remain. But in Stoke-on-Trent, a traditional Labour heartland, most people seem to back Leave. John Harris finds anti-EU views in the factories, on the streets and outside the mosques. He asks the city’s Labour MPs the big question: what can they do to win their people back?

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Manchester’s lost horizons: the futuristic city that never was

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Amid the postwar rubble, designers dreamed of a gleaming powerhouse of moving platforms, monorails and highways in the sky. But austerity took their vision away – handing the future to ‘gangster development’

A handful of people are staring into a future that never came to pass. Holding gaming handsets connected to a row of five Apple Macs, they wander virtually through Manchester’s dazzling “entertainment district”, to an area close to its main railway station where two elevated highways carry speeding traffic over hulking modernist buildings.

The overall effect is somewhere between Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft, with one key twist: back in the 1960s, these gleaming environments were not the stuff of fantasy, but everyday urban planning. Over the next 10 days, Manchester will be exploring its past in the annual Histories festival, taking in everything from the local wanderings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to the lingering aftershocks of the Sex Pistols’ legendary 1976 gigs in the city.

Imagine the difference between 1946 and 1961 – the computer had been invented, atomic energy, mass car ownership, TV

You’ve got people saying: We had good intentions. History’s been rewritten. I wanted to make the world a better place

At least in the 60s there was a grand vision

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