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: BBC Trustee, Bilderberger and Chairman of Barclays Marcus Agius at the Treasury Select Committee. Would you trust this man with your money? Extract from The Keiser report: Financial journalist Ian Fraser explains how and when the rot set in at the City of London. Last City trial County NatWest ‘Blue Arrow’, (not ‘Blue Circle’, apols.) which took place in 1992. After a crooked Court Of Appeal aquittal Serious Fraud Office (SFO) allegedly said: “The message has come down from ‘on high’. There will never again be a prosecution of a high level banker or a mainstream city institution”. Deregulation of the City further opened the door to impunity: False accounting, defrauding clients and money laundering has been going on ever since. Olympics’ private security fiasco: Director General of MI5 and Bilderberger Jonathan Evans gives the all-clear, as does former QinetiQ boss & Bilderberger Pauline Neville-Jones, but 2 weeks later 3,500 soldiers are drafted into London Olympics security duty. G4S private security firm ‘let the country down’, according to Home Affairs select committee chair Keith Vaz. G4S whistleblower Ben Fellows, aka. Lee Hazledean, explains how sometimes it helps to see ‘the bigger picture’. Western Intelligence agencies fomenting terror to justify their own budget and as a political tool, such as in NATO’s Operation Gladio. English Defence League (EDL) march ”against Islamification of Bristol’ tomorrow. But are the EDL connected to Anders Beivik, to the Zionist movement & who funds the EDL? News review with Cllr Simon Rayner (Lib)
Second hour: Was Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat assassinated by the Israeli Cabinet in 2004 with radioactive Polonium? Who are the West’s favourite Syrian government in exile, the Syrian National Council? Keith Allen’s ‘Unlawful Killing’ documentary about the assassination of Princess Diana has been censored by Prince Philip’s lawyers. Impossible to get insurance on the film but English language Iranian channel Press TV did review it in their CinePolitics series. Tax Havens: John Christensen from the Tax Justice Network. Annual tax evasion loss to UK exchequer is £70bn, plus £25bn in tax avoidance is lost. Lord Chancellor and Bilderberger Kenneth Clarke ‘blushes’ on BBC’s Question time as he pledges to close tax havens but does he really mean what he says? Three measures that need to be adopted: 1. Automatic Information Exchange when accounts are opened, 2. Require multinational companies to disclose their accounts in every country they operate. 3. Britain must stop blocking tax haven reforms. Eva Rausing, whose death was announced this week, used cruise ship ‘The World‘ as a tax haven. We must end non-domicile status for oligarchs etc., who live in Britain but don’t pay tax here. Shadow banking system of Structured Investment Vehicles (SIVs) explained. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney exposed as keeping his wealth in the Cayman Islands. Like Civil Service, the BBC are paying some staff to facilitate tax avoidance. Bristol ACTSA: Anti-Apartheid leader and former South African government minister Ronnie Kasrils launches the new book London Recruits edited by Ken Keable in the Colston Hall. Ronnie recommends documentaries Have You Heard From Johannesburg and Mandela Son Of Africa, Father Of A Nation.