BCfm’s weekly politics show presented by Tony Gosling
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First hour: News review with Whitchurch Park Councillor and Executive member for Transport Tim Kent. The word Mortgage means ‘the grip of death’ in French. Debt at the heart of the financial crisis. Creation of money sub-contracted to the private sector, better for the Treasury to create debt-free money and spend it directly into the economy. UK finance chiefs expect double dip recession for 2012. US president Barack Obama plans to slash defence spending by half-a-trillion dollars. Cheaper ways to assassinate religious and political leaders with drones – looking to fight future wars with ‘click and kill’ technology but is it a war crime because no-one can surrender to a drone. Grant F. Smith: how Israeli financing of US politicians and publicatons is influencing the US economy and foreign policy. Convicted fraudster Gerald Ronson and hedge fund manager Paul Ruddock who made millions of pounds from the collapse of Northern Rock both awarded knighthoods. Is Diane Abbot MP a racist as she tweets ‘White people love playing divide and rule, we should not play their game’? Labour leader Ed Milliband forces her to apologise and former Labour and Respect MP George Galloway supports Diane Abbott. Tories bring return to 1890s University fees as tuition fees leap to £9,000 per year and government funding for higher education falls by half. Bristol Cathedral announce they will; be taking legal proceedings to evict the Occupy Bristol camp on College Green.
Second hour: Super-buses, bus-rapid-transit planned for Bristol but Steve Satan from Rail Future has his doubts. Are these bio-methane powered guided buses as effective as trams and trains at getting people out of their cars? UK train fares have just risen by an average of 9% Britons pay up to ten times more that commuters on the continent to get to work by rail. Oil companies laughing at Bristol’s public transport being in a mess. Creating bio-methane fuel from Bristol’s food waste to power new guided buses. Significant rail transport investments by Bristol City Council being announced next week. The competition commission investigated Bristol’s buses and believe First Bus are profiteering. Police criticise Bristol’s bonkers bus-stops which stick right out into the road on showcase bus routes as ‘unsafe’, forcing cyclists and drivers to pull out into oncoming traffic. Credit cards to be used to pay bus fares? Revelation that MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke Jack Lopresti is a Freemason but what do Masons get up to in their secret temples at the bottom of Park Street? Investigative journalist Martin Short compares Freemasonry to a religious cult based on legend and lies, or a pyramid selling scheme. From a 1989 Granada TV documentary ‘Inside The Brotherhood’, ordinary people of Southend-On-Sea in Essex give their views on Freemasonry. Professor Anthony J. Hall, author of ‘Earth into Property: Colonization, Decolonization, and Capitalism‘. Washington at the core of an informal US empire justifying a permanent war economy. Fraudulent interpretation of 9/11 a diversionary tactic used by Israel to make its Middle Eastern enemies the enemies of the US and NATO. Requisitioning resources from indigenous people and dispossessing domestic middle classes. Great tragedy of our times that certain religions and peoples are demonised just as Hitler did in the 1930s and 1940s and we can’t believe Rupert Murdoch’s News International or the BBC, pollution of the mental environment and poisoning of consciousness. Professor Antony Sutton describes US dark forces The Order of the Skull and Bones at Yale University.