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23 September 2010

In this week’s New Statesman: the 50 people who matter

Harriet Harman interview | Laurie Penny: curves aren’t progress | John Pilger on WikiLeaks.

By George Eaton

In this week’s New Statesman we publish our annual survey of the world’s 50 most influential figures. After topping last year’s list, Barack Obama falls to number two as the Murdochs take top spot. Also look out for appearances by Lady Gaga, Julian Assange, Hugo Chávez and Paul Krugman.

Elsewhere, ahead of the Labour leadership election result and the party’s annual conference, Mehdi Hasan explains why Ed Balls must be the next shadow chancellor, James Macintyre talks to the acting leader, Harriet Harman, and Roy Hattersley sets out the philosophy that should guide the new leader.

Also this week, David Blanchflower explains why Sarah Palin and the right are much happier than us lefties, Laurie Penny argues that using “curvy” models doesn’t represent progress and Ian Williams talks to the under-fire UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.

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