John Harris

Journalist & Author

Brexit breakdown: a big day in the north – video

Some hardcore remainers think they have heard enough from leave-voting northern towns, but people in those places are still desperate to be heard: about poverty, cuts, and how and when we might leave the EU. As Theresa May’s deal hits the skids, Anywhere But Westminster hits Wigan: 64% leave, and still waiting for the answers

Brexit breakdown: fear and anger on the Irish border – video
Brexit breakdown: southern discomfort – video

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Britain’s Brexit crisis is rooted in the power of our public schools | John Harris

Learning from this mess, we must cut the ties that bind the state and key professions to a tiny number of schools
Among the myriad absurdities of Brexit, one has repeatedly taken the whole thing into the realms of the surreal: the gifting of the whip hand to the Tory faction known as the European Research Group. At the start of yet another watershed week, it is still this 90-strong band of ideologues…

Local communities are being silenced. We’re in the age of the ‘Unplace’ | John Harris

Towns and cities across the country are losing their radio shows. Who will tell their stories now?
If you want to understand a country’s basic pulse, listen to its commercial music radio. In the US, whatever genre of music they play, the stations crowded on to the FM waveband mix crass adverts with waves of songs uncluttered by any talking, suggesting that the only really important things are calmly getting through another very long drive…

Could robots make us better humans?

Machines can already write music and beat us at games like chess and Go. But the rise of artificial intelligence should inspire hope as well as fear, says Marcus du Sautoy
As Marcus du Sautoy greets me at the entrance to New College, Oxford, his appearance is a quiet riot of colour. His clothes rather suggest someone who ran into White Stuff or Fat Face and frantically grabbed anything he could find – in this…

The unanswered question: why do antisemites think Labour is the party for them? | John Harris

The left used to side with the victims of bigotry. Now it’s denying and doubting them
I had a conversation last week with a Jewish woman from a family of Holocaust survivors, and people murdered by the Nazis. She has been a Labour party member for nearly 40 years. “It feels like being in an abusive relationship,” she said. A year ago she made an official complaint to the party about what she has experienced,…

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