John Harris

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Why are cities like Manchester excluding so many citizens? | John Harris

As divisions grow between rich and poor, urban planners must find space for those left behind
The image of Manchester as a city full of gleaming new buildings and towering cranes may have become a cliche, but only because it is self-evidently true. The old idea of a faded metropolis whose streets echoed to the sound of murmured complaints and melancholic indie music was buried years ago, under new plazas and walkways: only a month…

The tyranny of algorithms is part of our lives: soon they could rate everything we do | John Harris

Credit scores already control our finances. With personal data being increasingly trawled, our politics and our friendships will be next
For the past couple of years a big story about the future of China has been the focus of both fascination and horror. It is all about what the authorities in Beijing call “social credit”, and the kind of surveillance that is now within governments’ grasp. The official rhetoric is poetic. According to…

Corbyn’s Brexit and May’s big moment – Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart is joined by Jill Rutter, Jennifer Rankin, Dan Roberts and John Harris to discuss a pivotal week for Brexit. Plus Dharshini David on the supremacy of the US dollar as the world’s favourite currency
Jeremy Corbyn spelled out this week how Labour would proceed with Brexit: inside a new customs union, with full access to the single market and no race to the bottom on regulatory standards. It was warmly welcomed by British…

Brexit Means … the EU’s draft treaty and Labour’s options – podcast

We join the Guardian’s Politics Weekly podcast to discuss a pivotal week for Brexit
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Jeremy Corbyn spelled out how Labour would proceed with Brexit, inside a new customs union with full access to the single market and no race to the bottom on regulatory standards. His words…

If the elite ever cared about the have-nots, that didn’t last long | John Harris

The knee-jerk denigration of Brexit and Trump was bad enough, but now it is being intellectualised
Ten days or so ago, on the great sunlit upland of empathy and rational debate that is Twitter, the science writer Ben Goldacre drew his followers’ attention to an image posted by someone else. “Brexit voters get tremendously upset when you say they are racists and idiots,” he said. Below was a Venn diagram, with one ring…

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