John Harris

Journalist & Author

Labour can effect positive change, but not while its internal politics are so toxic | John Harris

The party urgently needs to dispense with fringe views and face a post-Brexit reality dominated by the right
After a long tumble into disgrace and confusion that dates back well over a year, the story playing out at the top of the Labour party increasingly seems to be so dreadful that it defies belief. Jeremy Corbyn is doing a very good impression of someone who would rather be anywhere else. The party’s supposed

Want to know what a Boris Johnson government would look like? I have just the book | John Harris

Among the would-be PM’s backers are the authors of Britannia Unchained, and their vision of deregulated Britain is terrifying
Seven years ago, a group of Conservative MPs who had taken their parliamentary seats in 2010 brought out a slim manifesto for the future of Britain titled Britannia Unchained. Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Liz Truss appeared to speak with one voice: that of unabashed Thatcherites, convinced that…

All hail the hyperleaders – the bellicose insurgents using the web to seize control | John Harris

Boris Johnson longs to be one of the new breed of politicians, backed by an online ‘superbase’. But he is falling short
Back in the far-off days of Occupy and the Arab spring, we were told that the political future would be leaderless, “horizontal” – and defined by the egalitarian promise of social networks. But more than ever, any chance of political success now depends on charismatic, one-person leadership, and the crucial online…

Why is cocaine washing up on the beaches of Fiji? – podcast

A multibillion-dollar operation involving cocaine and methamphetamines is having a major impact on islands in the Pacific. Kate Lyons travelled to Fiji to investigate. Plus: John Harris on Facebook’s cryptocurrency
Last year, 120 bricks of cocaine, each worth thousands of dollars, washed up on the beaches of remote islands in Fiji. With traffickers increasingly using the islands as a staging post in the supply of drugs from central America to Australia and New Zealand, Fijian…

If Facebook or Google create their own currency, they can control our lives | John Harris

Facebook’s Libra is the last thing the world needs – big tech’s use of our data threatens to intrude even on financial transactions
Dystopian fiction – from Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange to Russell T Davies’s spectacular recent BBC1 series Years and Years – is usually intended to take elements of the present and then imagine a future in which they have become inescapable, so as to warn us of what might already…

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