John Harris

Journalist & Author

Brexit breakdown: affluence, decay and fury in the Tory heartlands – video

As Tory tensions over leaving the EU continue to grow, John Harris and John Domokos take a trip through the Conservatives’ Thames valley heartlands, starting in Theresa May’s backyard. It’s all there: unbelievable opulence, social decay and a bitter clash between a neighbouring remainer Tory MP and the hardcore local leavers who claim he is a ‘traitor’ 
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In May’s home county, Tory problems run much deeper than Brexit | John Harris

The effects of austerity and the housing crisis in the Thames valley make clear the wider crisis in English Conservatism
“It’s a shithole,” she said. “It’s supposed to be Theresa May’s area, and, I’m not being funny, but would you want to live here?”
I’ve seen worse places, I said.
Related: What I found in Theresa May’s heartland: an England in miniature | Ian Jack
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Street battle: the activists fighting to save their neighbourhood from the tech giants

Facebook, Google and Amazon have not just colonised the internet: their hubs, campuses and offices are taking over huge sections of cities around the world. But campaigners from New York to Toronto and Berlin are fighting back
‘It’s a challenge out here. The way the tech companies are building and increasing their size is just pricing people out. Families who have been here for generations can’t afford to be here any more. They’re being pushed…

Petitions and jokes will not halt this march into Brexit calamity | John Harris

Our response to the crisis has been too English. By the time the irony turns to anger, it will be too late
It could conceivably have happened on any day over the past couple of years, but my own peak of anger about Brexit and its absurdities arrived last Wednesday. Jacob Rees-Mogg was in the Commons chamber, making quips about the fact that another Conservative MP had been to Winchester rather than Eton (“My honourable…

The global battle for the internet is just starting | John Harris

Two competing visions of our digital future have emerged from China and Silicon Valley. But are they really so different?
If only for a moment, set aside the comparatively parochial drama of Brexit, think about the giant swath of humanity that now uses the internet, and consider one of the most basic facets of how 4 billion of us live our lives. This is a 21st-century story, but it will ring bells with people old…

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