John Harris

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The Brexit threat hanging over startups in the UK tech sector

EU departure is hitting staffing and triggering animosity to European employees
“We allow cultures to understand each other better,” says Bernhard Niesner, the co-founder and chief executive of a language-learning app called Busuu.
Its HQ is near Old Street tube station, on the edge of east London’s Silicon Roundabout district. About 100 people work at Busuu, helping users learn languages including French, English, Polish, Arabic and Chinese. Defying the usual tech stereotypes, 40% of the…

England can be better than the Brexit caricature. We have to make the case for it | John Harris

It’s time we started building a new England – one that is modern, diverse and open
There are two kinds of questions to be asked about Brexit. One of them defines the day-to-day grind at Westminster, and is about an urgent set of issues that encompasses everything from the most basic framework for trade to the future of Northern Ireland, and which still seem all but insoluble. But as all the parliamentary drama on goes…

The Final Days of EMI review – from Beatles glory to Coldplay toothbrushes

Eamonn Forde’s account of the fall of the music company, whose acts included the Sex Pistols and Rolling Stones, is full of comedy and tragedy
In the summer of 1965, the Rolling Stones released “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. On the US version, its B-side was a makeweight piece titled “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man”, which directed sneering contempt on some poor unfortunate who worked for the group’s record label: “I promo groups…

No deal, no problem? – Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart is joined by Dan Sabbagh, Michael Savage and Katy Balls to discuss the UK’s growing appetite for a no-deal Brexit . Also the view from Britain with John Harris and the view from Europe with Jennifer Rankin. Also up for discussion is parliament, proxy voting and pregnant MPs
Despite desperate entreaties from business and MPs, Theresa May is steadfastly refusing to take the possibility of a no-deal Brexit off the table, and the…

No deal, no problem? – Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart is joined by Dan Sabbagh, Michael Savage and Katy Balls to discuss the UK’s growing appetite for a no-deal Brexit . Also the view from Britain with John Harris and the view from Europe with Jennifer Rankin. Also up for discussion is parliament, proxy voting and pregnant MPs
Despite desperate entreaties from business and MPs, Theresa May is steadfastly refusing to take the possibility of a no-deal Brexit off the table, and the…

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