John Harris

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The pitched battle over lockdowns is missing the point: Covid-19 is a class issue | John Harris

The UK coronavirus crisis – even more so in its second phase – is all about basic inequalities – and lockdown makes these worse

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Just as our final exit from the EU comes into view, noise from the media and politics about Covid-19 is sounding discomfortingly similar to the furies that erupted around the 2016 referendum.
On one side stands the political right, opposed…

Local lockdowns dreamed up in London are causing nightmares for the rest of England | John Harris

Dealing with Covid is hard enough for cities like Manchester. Centralised power and a shambolic government make it even harder

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At the heart of England’s passage through the Covid-19 era are two key factors which have combined to create a mess of failure and mishap.
One is the government’s simple incompetence. The other centres on a centralised system of power and administration that…

Modern, multicultural and surprisingly liberal: this is the real ‘red wall’ | John Harris

It’s wrong to stereotype Labour’s lost heartlands. They have more in common with metropolitan Britain than you may think
The election of 2019 and the political climate surrounding it now feel like relics of a different age. But one of the key elements of those distant weeks has stuck around: the concept of the red wall, a byword for the post-industrial places in the Midlands, the north of England and north Wales that were…

Beyond the Red Wall by Deborah Mattinson and The Northern Question by Tom Hazeldine – review

Why did the Red Wall collapse? Voices from the heartlands on Labour and the north-south divide
In mid-2019, a former employee of the Conservative party called James Kanagasooriam began looking at recent electoral statistics for parts of England long associated with support for the Labour party. As a teenager, he had been fixated with a duvet cover featuring a map of the UK, and the fact that, in political terms, “the bottom half was blue…

Under cover of coronavirus, the Tory government is bulldozing basic liberties | John Harris

The Tories have been increasing police powers, bringing in laws by diktat and sowing mistrust. When will the left speak up?

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Towards the end of last week, someone I know posted a video and photograph on social media, taken one balmy afternoon on Hampstead Heath in north London. They showed a group of young people – who, by the look of them, had…

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