John Harris

Journalist & Author

All Abba’s UK singles – ranked!

To mark the release of new film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, we rate the Swedish pop band’s greatest hits
Last place for the band’s last single, taken from recording sessions for a ninth album that never came to fruition. And maybe that’s for the best: the dissonance between the robotic verses and a bizarrely jaunty chorus about being at one’s wit’s end over a stalker is too jarring to work. LS
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Where’s Jeremy Corbyn? Lost in a rose-tinted vision of Labour’s past | John Harris

Labour must stop talking in terms of 1945 and all that, and engage with today’s big issues – Brexit foremost among them
The best politicians inspire, but part of their job is also to orientate: to survey an often confounding set of national circumstances, and tell us not just where we all are, but also what our position means and where we need to go next. A year on from that remarkable general election result,…

In a world of digital nomads, we will all be made homeless | John Harris

Whose utopia is this, when people have to sever emotional links and leave where they grew up to find dependable work?
The office-space empire WeWork was founded eight years ago in New York. It currently leases 240,000 sq metres of real estate in London alone, which reportedly makes it the city’s largest user of offices after the British government. The basic deal is simple enough: you can either pay to put your laptop wherever…

Nationalisation isn’t enough. For better transport, you’ve got to go local | John Harris

Behind the Northern Rail crisis is a system that’s staggeringly overcentralised. Power to change transport must be devolved
What a very British disgrace it all is. After endless delays, strikes and ticket-price hikes, as the latest crisis on the railways grinds on, the outgoing chief executive of Network Rail is made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, whatever that is. The secretary of state for transport faces

Our schools are broke – so why aren’t we talking about it? | John Harris

Soaring class sizes, teaching hours cut, neglected repairs. Brexit has taken attention away from the cost of ideology-driven cuts
Michelle Gay is the headteacher of Osborne primary, a 270-pupil local authority school in Erdington, on the north-eastern edge of Birmingham. In total, 25% of her pupils are categorised as having special educational needs, 39% have a first language other than English, and 43% are eligible for free school meals.
Osborne primary has an urgent…

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