John Harris

Journalist & Author

This Copeland disaster shows just how big Labour’s problems are | John Harris

Yes, there are flashes of hope, and campaigning in Stoke was dogged. But the party is racked by a historic crisis that preceded the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn
Amid Trump, and Brexit, and the political hurly-burly that now regularly grips mainland Europe, it is easy to get the impression that politics no longer follows hard-and-fast rules, and amounts instead to a series of unforeseen events and complete accidents.
Still, at the risk of sounding hopelessly…

What’s the point of building a million new homes if they’re not fit to live in? | John Harris

The dream of a property-owning democracy is ridden with cracks and leaks: ministers say build, build, build – but then fail to ensure proper regulation
They might be the most ubiquitous feature of the modern English landscape, and yet they barely attract any comment: those sprawling newbuild housing developments that seem to surround almost every town and city, offering a promise of comfort and security and a vital foot on the property ladder.
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‘They don’t care about us’: the anger and apathy behind the Stoke byelection – video

As the media get in a lather about the byelection contest between Labour and Ukip, John Harris visits Stoke-on-Trent, the supposed ‘Brexit capital of Britain’. He investigates why so many people there simply don’t vote, and whether the new breed of energetic Labour activists who have arrived in town en masse can somehow change their minds

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Twitter parodies won’t worry Corbyn. But his supporters deserting him should | John Harris

The Labour leader was mocked for saying ‘the real fight starts now’ over Brexit terms. Where is his party’s competence, vision and strategic nous?
Oh, Labour – 118 characters, 23 words, and the awfulness of the party’s current position has been revealed in full. “Real fight starts now,” tweeted Jeremy Corbyn, or whoever does these things for him, in the aftermath of the House of Commons’ second vote on article 50.…

Housing association agrees to buy back homes on ’substandard’ development

Orchard Village in east London, which was built with £31m of public money, plagued by issues of poor building quality
Britain’s largest housing association has agreed to buy back some of the properties on a new London housing development so plagued with issues relating to building quality that it is facing calls for its demolition.
Orchard Village, in the east London borough of Havering, was built with the aid of £31m of public money, and…

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