John Harris

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If journalists take sides, who will speak truth to power? | John Harris

The idea that those who seek to hold the mighty to account should be activists is a very dangerous one

Since the Labour party conference roared to its triumphant close just over a week ago, a 90-second video has been punted around Twitter and Facebook featuring the indomitable MP-cum-national treasure Dennis Skinner. On YouTube, the clip is headlined “Dennis Skinner schools a journalist”, and the qualities he always brings to his interviews are present and correct: hardened principle, a spirit of fierce defiance, and his own kind of high camp.

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Even partisan commentary can be rooted in the principles of good journalism if it does not ignore uncomfortable facts

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