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If there is no smoke, can there be fire?

The would be Labour leaders sniff the signals
Anthony Barnett
Anthony Barnett
23 July 2010

My OK Co-Editor, Guy Aitchison, asks the Labour leadership candidates if they are willing to take drugs out of the hands of criminals and other unregulated capitalists, and bring them under public control. Here are their answers:

In today's New Statesman there is a survey of their habits. With the exception of Andy Burnham saying he'd inhaled merely a "pathetic" amount of cannabis at Cambridge, they all deny taking any drugs at all. What can they be on?

US election: what's at stake for the rest of us?

Our editor-in-chief, Mary Fitzgerald, is on the ground in key battleground states ahead of the US election.

There's never been more at stake. But the pandemic has kept many foreign journalists away. Hundreds of international observers who normally oversee US elections aren't there.

Hear Mary describe what she's seeing and hearing across the country, from regular citizens to social justice activists to right-wing militias arming themselves for election day.

Plus: hear from the journalists behind openDemocracy's latest big 'follow-the-money' investigation, which lifts the lid on how Trump-linked groups have exported their culture wars across the world.

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