BCfm’s weekly politics show presented by Tony Gosling
For all the shows back to Easter 2009 visit the Friday Drivetime archive page.
First hour: UK vetos Euro treaty, so ‘accord’ signed without the UK… but are they re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic? Bristol’s annual care & health budgets slashed by £5m; closure threats to day care & Bristol City Council’s 11 residential care homes; will the new Open Data Institute be breaking the Data Protection Act? Sharing of private data with pharmecutical and healthcare companies. Survey says anger with police fuelled summer riots. Bristol’s Easter 2011 disturbances. Caught on Camera, top lobbyists boasting how they influence the prime minister, top lobbying firm Bell Pottinger using ‘dark arts’ to manipulate internet searches; The arms company, the oligarch (Boris Berezovsky) and the ex-PM’s sister-in-law: lobby firm’s Wikipedia hit list; news review with Bristol City Council’s LibDem Cabinet member for Care and Health, Councillor Jon Rogers.
Second hour: China tells its navy to prepare for war; Rupert Murdoch’s Fox TV News broadcasts blazing Greek riot footage as if it was shot in this week’s Moscow election demonstration; relation between financial crisis and war. Is NATO ‘missile defence’ system starting a new arms race? Russian elections. Are Western Israeli/NATO special forces already attacking Iran? Tricky – Black Steel (1995). NHS whistleblowing safeguards are not working, new local safeguards from South West Whistleblowers Health Action Group (SWWHAG) contacts: SWwhistleblowers@gmail.com & 07971 968244. Tricky – Hell Is Round The Corner (1995); Will Stone from the Avon & Bristol Law Centre, UK Human Rights Act: human rights day tomorrow, Kenneth Clarke delays £350m legal aid cuts; EU Convention of Human Rights; Government slashes solar power tariff; alternative energy and Frack Off campaign’s anti-fracking action with Mike Birkin from South West Friends of the Earth