BCfm’s weekly politics show presented by Tony Gosling
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First hour: news review with the longest serving member of the Conservative party in Britain, retired army officer, Bristol born, Harry Beckhough, who at 98, has been a member continuously for 85 years. Harry was a code breaker in World War Two, ran and started various clothing businesses and started a prep school which is still going strong in the Vale of York. He is the author of several books including an autobiography Thinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and books about Germany’s Fourth Reich as he believes the Nazis continued their evil work after the end of the second world war, abandoning the swastika in public and laundering the money they looted from Europe to create a secret financial and industrial empire. No longer using panzer tanks but finance capital to ‘buy up’ their enemies and take them over that way instead. He is a staunch anti EU campaigner as he believes an undemocratic EU promotes this Nazi power today. The weeks news stories are reviewed by Harry & Martin Summers: LibDem leader Nick Clegg’s speech, five years into his job as LibDem leader, but Clegg seems to be a waffling salesman, out of touch with reality; Wikileaks is arguably the most courageous publisher in the Western world today and we hear founder Julian Assange who gave a ‘Christmas Message’ from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London this week expressing contempt for lying UK mainstream media which is now lying to the public saying it has been captured by enemies of ordinary people. The censored film ‘Unlawful Killing’, Victor Lewis-Smith and Keith Allen’s 2011 documentary about what is officially the murder of Princess Diana since the inquest jury returned the unlawful killing verdict, was available to watch in the UK online for the first time this week – now taken down it got around 2.2 million downloads, nevertheless this documentary is still banned here in the UK, it blames several riders of high powered motorcycles and the driver of a white Fiat Uno for the killing, not the Paparazzi as the British press have intimated; the final Prime Minister’s Questions before the Christmas holiday: David Crausby MP, asking why the City Bankers have not been arrested yet, reminding the house of the Great Train Robbers who were jailed for decdes but stole far less money, seeing how much values and morals have changed since then; Prime Minister David Cameron PMQ confrontation with Labour leader Ed Miliband who talks about the rise in the use of Food Banks, including for the working poor; plus one MP, Ian Lavery, waves a suicide note from a now dead disabled person who had their social security money cut but the Prime Minister denies there have been any cuts to benefits for disabled people in Britain that they are indeed getting more money now.
Second hour: Interview with John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington. He is a Labour party leadership contender and explains how he would like to lead a more radical Labour policy against coalition austerity and cuts. He is concerned that Labour may be loosing it’s core voters, who may simply not be voting, by compromising on the cuts. British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, breaking constitutional tradition to inculcate herself into the highest political circles and decision making body in the land, even attending cabinet this week for the first time in 230 years since George III did so in 1781. Britain is being run by a tiny cult-like group of Eton Bullingdon Club members who believe they have been born to rule. Not unlike the queen, which makes one wonder if they really believe in democracy at all. The United States navy has moved two Aircraft Carriers from the Eastern to the Western Mediterranean which suggests they may be cooling off on intentions to attack President Assad of Syria. Martin and Harry discuss possible reasons for this enigmatic move and conclude that a deal may have been done with the Russians behind the scenes, particularly after the arrival of Russian Iskander missiles in Syria which can destroy Patriot missile launchers and Aircraft Carriers. Discussion with Harry Beckhough about the European Union and the recent rise in military power of the German armed forces which, as of this year, are authorised to operate outside Germany for the first time since World War 2. Tony Cripps, late of Occupy Bristol, has moved with scores of others into All Hallows Hall in Easton which is being turned into a community centre less controlled than the one run by the council. Tonight’s ‘Doomsday Machine’ gig, marking the ‘Mayan prophecy’ night of 21st December 2012 is likely to be a success. Moheen Yaseen is the director of Islamic think tank ‘Global Vision 2000’ and he examines what his group believes are the spiritual roots of the financial crisis, describing the western banking cartel as ‘Draculas’.