John Harris

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I was relaxed about Britain’s drug culture revolution – but not any more | John Harris

With deaths at record levels, calls for legalisation feel simplistic. But we must do more to make drugs such as ecstasy safe
Thirty years ago this November, a DJ called Danny Rampling co-founded a club night in Southwark, London, that he called Shoom. Essentially, he was trying to capture what he had experienced that summer on the Balearic island of Ibiza: a celebratory subculture built around so-called house music, and the drug methylenedioxymethamphetamine…

Life’s complex enough. I fear your next iPhone will make things worse | John Harris

The iPhone X is a thing of beauty, but I wonder about its true value. We’re putting ourselves at the mercy of systems we barely understand
It was just before 10am, Pacific time, on Tuesday, and as the crowd gathered at the new Steve Jobs Theatre in California for the launch of Apple’s latest products-cum-miracles, they were serenaded with the Beatles’ All You Need Is Love. It had been chosen, presumably, as a…

Life’s complex enough. I fear your next iPhone will make things worse | John Harris

The iPhone X is a thing of beauty, but I wonder about its true value. We’re putting ourselves at the mercy of systems we barely understand
It was just before 10am, Pacific time, on Tuesday, and as the crowd gathered at the new Steve Jobs Theatre in California for the launch of Apple’s latest products-cum-miracles, they were serenaded with the Beatles’ All You Need Is Love. It had been chosen, presumably, as a…

These Europeans came to live a British dream. Is it all over? | John Harris

Hard-working and self-reliant, they moved to the UK to get ahead. But tough talk on immigration makes many fear for the future
On the southern edge of Peterborough is a new residential development called Cardea – a huge expanse of housing served by a solitary Morrisons supermarket and a self-styled “clean, modern pub” called the Apple Cart – which has become a byword for the more affluent elements of the city’s Polish population.
On roads…

SEN assessment: one of the Cameron era’s most howling disasters | John Harris

Changes to England’s special educational needs system have led to an absurdly complex regime full of trapdoors• ‘People give up’: the crisis
It was March 2011 when the coalition government announced proposals to reform England’s special educational needs (SEN) system. Some of the initial noise around their plans was grim: government sources said as many as 450,000 children could be taken out of the category of special needs altogether, while the dependably sensitive…

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