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
For all the shows back to Easter 2009 visit the Friday Drivetime archive page.
First hour: News review with Gus Hoyt, Green councillor for Ashley ward and member of Bristol City Council Cabinet along with Simon Cooke (Lib), Geoff Gollop (Con) and mayor, George Ferguson. Gus Hoyt’s new role in the Cabinet, spending our money but the budget is already decided. Martin Summers explains why Labour decided not to join the Cabinet. Discussion about the Preview Bar in Fairfax Street squat in Bristol City centre that got illegally evicted by police at midnight last night shortly after starting and one of the new occupiers explains what they were planning, live music, political discussion workshops & a donations only cafe, and why? Clip of Geraldine widow of Republican Pat Finucane and discussion of this story of the conspiracy to murder republican lawyer Pat Finucane by the British army and Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) police force, collusion in N. Ireland. Story about the present housing crisis and discussion. 2 million people on housing waiting lists & 75,000 children homeless this Christmas in the UK. The Greater Bristol Bus Network being nominated in the UK Bus Awards. First Group can’t be trusted, just look at the West coast main line franchise fisaco, running a privatised bus racket. West Somerset Council going bankrupt even though it is one of the richest counties in the country. Clip of David Cameron’s gaff ar Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) in House of Commons: “We are raising more money for the rich.” The SNP’s Western Isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil gets shouted down by Tory MPs, as he tries to make the case against austerity by flagging up Iceland. Iceland’s successful economy driven by domestic demand & delivering growth of 2.5% after arresting and prosecuting bankers. Story of HSBC being fined for taking money from drug trafficking now being fined £1.2bn and Lord Green, former HSBC chairman, is still in the cabinet . Labour MP Dennis Skinner in House of Commons on the ‘snoopers’ charter’ Communications and Data bill. Clip of Williamson from the House of Commons talking about the Green Investment Bank.
Second hour: Interview with Kevin Philips, Chairman of Avon and Somerset Police Federation. He talks about police cuts and how they are considering striking, a ballot taking place early in 2013. General agreement that the government needs to continue to negotiate with the police federation if it values law and order. Discussion on the role of the new Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. Lee Salter, Senior Journalism Lecturer at the University of West of England, (UWE) film he has just made about the City of London called Secret City. website – www.secretcity-thefilm.com. Former ambassador to Uzbekistan and head of maritime law at the Craig Murray talking about ‘real politik’ how deals are made in the Middle East. Syria arms race latest: Discussion of international news stories with Martin summers.