John Harris

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As Hancock exits, the future looks the same: hope mixed with dread | John Harris

Whoever may come and go in the new era of ‘living with the virus’, this government lacks the skills to see us through
Two days before Matt Hancock began his tumble towards resignation, you could sample news stories about the immediate future of the Covid crisis and choose from two completely different narratives: one all about apparently boundless optimism, the other a mixture of caution and despair.
Thanks to government sources, the Times announced

Anywhere but Westminster: 10 years in 10 minutes – video

After a decade of reports from all over the UK, the Guardian’s flagship video series has won this year’s Orwell prize for political journalism. Here, John Harris and John Domokos collect the highlights of their journey and ask viewers a simple question: where should they go next?
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Summer festivals are crying out for help – but the Tories don’t want to hear it | John Harris

The pandemic has revealed the Johnson government’s attitude to the arts: a mixture of indifference and hostility
Human beings need to regularly gather together. Over the past 15 or so months, the fact that we have largely been deprived of such opportunities has been a key reason why so many people have felt so listless and disoriented – and, for that matter, why some have been driven to break the rules. Obviously, to understand what…

What the loss of a Conservative seat tells us about England’s changing middle class | John Harris

The shock result in Chesham and Amersham isn’t just about HS2. Deeper shifts are occurring that ought to worry the Tories
Four days ago, a former insider at a London-based thinktank wrote a piece for the Spectator about the forthcoming Chesham and Amersham byelection, and his sense that this little-remarked political episode would soon be over, with the minimum of fuss. “Hopefully then we can stop hearing any rubbish about how the Lib…

Enough ‘autism awareness’. The necessity now is action | John Harris

Progress has been made, but the release of the profound film, The Reason I Jump, shows how much further we need to go
A film comes out this month that is among the most profound, thought-provoking and moving feats of documentary-making I have ever seen. It is about autism, and a state of being that far too many people either misunderstand or ignore. But as it ranges across lives played out in Japan, Britain, the…

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