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Brexit breakdown: southern discomfort – video

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

As parliament falls into uncertainty and deadlock, John Harris and John Domokos go back on the road, sampling a very English mixture of frustration, boredom and seething anger. En route to Dover, a lorry driver complains about the mounting political chaos, while in Portsmouth a Brexit debate in a Wetherspoons pub gets rowdy. From warehouse employees to tech workers, everyone has their own take on Brexit. But one big question cries out for an answer: which way will get us out of this mess?

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England’s rebel spirit is rising – and it wants a no-deal Brexit | John Harris

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

In the face of political stasis, the seductive myth of Britain standing alone against its oppressors is taking hold

In my innocence, I didn’t expect many people to be in a central Portsmouth Wetherspoons at 10.30am on a Friday morning. But there they all were, in their droves: passionate supporters of Brexit, there to hear the pub chain’s founder and chairman, Tim Martin, make the case for Britain leaving the EU with no deal. Martin has been on the road since November, with the aim of visiting at least 100 of his boozers. The day we crossed paths, he was traversing the south coast, moving on to Southampton and Weymouth: given that it has whetted the appetite of what remains of the country’s local press, drawn large crowds and shifted huge amounts of food and drink, the whole thing looks to have been an unlikely success.

Related: Why are people cheering for no deal? Because they’re thinking about it the wrong way | Anand Menon

Related: A citizens’ assembly is now the only way to break the Brexit deadlock | Gordon Brown

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A nation ‘bored of Brexit’ risks sleepwalking into disaster | John Harris

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Voters are switching off from the sound and fury as Brexit hits fever pitch. But this indifference could redefine our politics

Just before Christmas, I spent a day in Cowley, a working-class suburb of Oxford where a factory now owned by BMW manufactures that great British icon, the Mini. The plant closes its doors for an annual “maintenance period”, usually timed to coincide with local schools’ summer holidays. But this year, amid the company’s concerns about Britain’s future relationship with Europe, the shutdown will not only be longer than usual but is scheduled to begin the day after we formally leave the European Union – a decision taken, says the company, to “minimise the risk of any possible short-term parts supply disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit”.

You might imagine the surrounding streets would be full of anxiety and urgency. But once BMW had declined my request to visit the factory and I had resigned myself to long hours spent vox-popping, I was not entirely surprised to find the complete opposite: questions about Brexit being met with an exasperated indifference, as if it were something in which people were barely interested.

Related: Chris Grayling denies ‘void’ in government over Brexit plan B

Related: Corbyn promises no-confidence motion against May ’soon’

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Who will pay for Donald Trump’s border wall?

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

With the US government in partial shutdown, the president continues to demand funding for his Mexican border wall. Lauren Gambino, in Washington DC, and Bryan Mealer, in Texas, discuss how Trump’s central campaign promise has led to this point of paralysis. Plus, John Harris looks back to the optimism of 1989

Donald Trump has visited the southern US border in Texas after walking out of talks to resolve one of the country’s longest government shutdowns in history. The president has refused to authorise the release of funds to pay up to 800,000 government workers until he secures funding for his central campaign promise of a border wall.

The Guardian’s US political correspondent, Lauren Gambino, joins Anushka Asthana to discuss the paralysis in the US government and why the president is so fixated on building his wall. And, as Trump tries to rally support in Texas, the Guardian’s Bryan Mealer reports that there is indeed a crisis at the border, but one largely of the president’s own making. Refugees and asylum seekers are facing appalling living conditions in detention centres struggling to cope with new arrivals.

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Together we can thwart the big-tech data grab. Here’s how | John Harris

Monday, January 7th, 2019

A decentralised internet sounds offputtingly complicated. But our lives, online and off, now depend upon it

Our family got a Google Home Hub for Christmas. As comparative lifestyle Neanderthals, we have so far only used it as a glorified digital picture frame and music player, though this is clearly not what it was built for. Say “Hey, Google”, tell it what you want, and a whole universe of entertainment, advice and help can be supplied – up to and including instant control of internet-connected doorbells, thermostats and more.

Contrary to their branding as “assistants”, the primary purpose of these devices is not to devotedly help the people who use them. At the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, once we have paid for the hardware, we get the services they can deliver largely for free, in return for limitless access to the small details of our lives. Big tech is therefore able to carry on making advertising more and more precisely targeted, and vastly increase the mountains of data that power its development of artificial intelligence. Smartphones, tablets and computers have been helpful, but evidently not helpful enough. Build data-gathering machines into the domestic sphere, and you break open whole streams of personal information.

Related: There is a leftwing way to challenge big tech for our data. Here it is | Evgeny Morozov

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