Friday Drivetime

BCfm’s weekly politics show presented by Tony Gosling

At five: discussing the big stories in Bristol, Britain and around the world
After six: straight talking and investigative reports with Martin Summers and Marina Morris

For all the shows back to Easter 2009 visit the Friday Drivetime archive page.

First hour: After a general economics & budget roundup we hear actor and Equity member Sam West’s speech from Hyde Park anti-cuts rally last Saturday. David Cameron was acting like the school bully this week at Prime Minister’s questions, what kind of example is he setting the nation? And Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, whose wife runs a private healthcare lobbying firm, comes in for a pasting in a viral new ‘no to NHS privatisation’ rap song by MC Next Gen. We also hear more bad news from the stricken nuclear power complex at Fukushima in Japan, this time Dr. Chris Busby explains that neither people nor robots can get near the reactor cores now they have melted down.
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Second hour: Martin Summers and Billy Quain discuss the pros and cons of the Alternative Vote (AV) voting system which will be decided in a referendum in a month’s time. Merlin Emmanuel is the nephew of black singer/songwriter Smiley Culture and he brings us up to date on the fallout from Smiley’s death during a drugs raid by the Metropolitan Police explaining there is a facebook campaign for justice for Smiley Culture. Tim Hurford from local band The Transpersonals then joins us in a discussion about the music industry and subliminal messages in some of the hyped music videos. Then Robert Mitchell joins us as we explore the possibility that much of our politics and culture is being subverted by dark forces in the form of secret societies citing the works of John Robison and the Abbé Barreul.
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