​The drug war, shadow political ad campaigns, & phones for drones (E186)

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the war on drugs. Author, journalist and producer Johann Hari argues that after 100 years, the war on drugs, which stemmed from one man’s “hatred of addicts, and hatred of African Americans,” has been given a fair attempt and it has failed, and to stop unnecessary harm and death we need to follow Portugal’s example and decriminalize. Sam Delaney talks about advertising, politics and the “shadow campaigns” that say the things too extreme for politicians to utter. Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, it turns out British troops are back in Northern Ireland. Caroline Lucas battles against NHS privatization in PMQs. And allegations that BT are assisting US drone strikes in Yemen are rejected by officials.

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