John Harris

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Housing associations face storm of complaints over new-build homes

Residents of London developments built with public funding tell of damp, lack of security, rats and poor customer service
‘There is no point calling them’ – residents’ stories
Housing associations responsible for more than 175,000 homes are facing allegations of serial neglect of their residents and properties, focused on an array of new-build developments in London that have received more than £60m in public money.
The issues uncovered by a Guardian investigation include…

Can anyone rescue Labour from this deep irrelevance? | John Harris

The turf wars go on, while the leadership appears bafflingly unable to address the national post-Brexit turmoil
If we hadn’t fully grasped it during the period of phony war that began on 24 June last year, now we know: for the foreseeable future, Brexit and its fallout will define British politics, and subjects that were once barely discussed – trade, tariffs, the fate of our farms and fisheries – will be at the heart…

Don’t heed the hysterical voices of ‘patriotism’. Britain isn’t broken | John Harris

Alt-right populists such as Arron Banks, Katie Hopkins and Nigel Farage point to terrorist attacks as a sign of social meltdown. They couldn’t be more wrong
As proved by Paris, Berlin, Brussels, and now Westminster, it is increasingly as much a part of the awful theatre of terrorism as the acts themselves: inside an hour or two of the news starting to break, figureheads of the so-called…

The shameless Tories have betrayed the self-employed – and themselves | John Harris

It’s a cynical Conservative trick: the budget exposed a party happy to help the big company bosses while penalising the little people
Superficially it looks like the rightwing press falling into yet another fit of specious morality. The morning after the budget, newspaper pages brimmed with testimony from sole traders and small-business owners, as if Philip Hammond’s budget pushed them to the brink of destitution. By contrast, there have been no…

Hard Brexit is making the case for Scottish independence | John Harris

Politics in England has become mean, callous and small-state, marginalising the values of most Scots. Who wouldn’t want to leave that behind?
On the issue that now defines modern Britain and the stances taken by England and Wales’s two main parties, is it time to start using the dread term “consensus politics”? As Martin Kettle pointed out in the Guardian this week, for all Labour’s sound and fury, its position on Britain’s future…

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