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 and Marina Morris
For all the shows back to Easter 2009 visit the Friday Drivetime archive page
First hour: news review with South West LibDem MEP Sir Graham Watson who is based in Langport Somerset. Stories covered: Cyprus – it’s natural gas resources and loans from Moscow; Graham discusses his role in the EU, the European Arrest Warrant, and other EU issues; voxpop by Marina Morris on the European Union – Graham Watson mentions positive achievements of the EU – the Euro, economic collapse, Economists Milton Friedman, former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) David Blanchflower’s article reminding us of what his colleagues explained after the 2010 election, George Osborne’s austerity cannot and will not work. The 1986 Big Bang; parties celebrating Mrs Thatcher’s death; voxpop by Marina Morris about Maggie Thatcher and further discussion; Sheffield Hallam University report on welfare cuts – £19 billion a year out of the economy, the north hit worse; Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) police now failing to confirm who they are arresting based on ‘Leveson recommendations’ citing Chris Jefferies case where he was then accused of the murder of Jo Yeates. However Avon & Somerset police are being sued by Jefferies for wrongly arresting him and possibly briefing the press that he was the murderer. Police state being ushered in? Severn Barrage and bankruptcies of two founders; KPMG face audit inquiry over the failure of HBOS bank having failed to spot £47bn of losses in the company’s accounts in successive audits; Lord Berkeley tables private members bill calling for the annual £18.3m Prince Charles’ 120,000 acre Duchy of Cornwall estate to be given to Cornwall residents.
Second hour: Was Margaret Thatcher’s 1986 ‘Big Bang’ responsible for the banks collapsing in 2008? Monetary reformer and former Bank of England employee turned international consultant Muhammad Rafeeq. Wikileaks release searchable index of ‘The Kissinger Cables’ from and to Nixon’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who had a secret foreign policy of coups, massacres and death squads. Senior Italian judge says he has evidence that Ken Clarke’s secret Bilderberg club were behind terrorist attacks across Europe as part of Operation Gladio. Anders Breivik massacre relatives prepare to sue Norwegian police & authorities. Julian Parry discusses the legacy of Margaret Thatcher who died on Monday. Several of the same individuals who removed Maggie over her attitude to European EMU integration involved in alleged illegal South African nuclear arms deal with Astra Holdings headed by former MI6 officer Stephan Koch. BBC make a documentary with The Guardian to mark the decade since the start of the Iraq war in March 2013 but then fail to screen it. Its content exposes appalling crimes by US Colonel James Steele in Iraq. America’s Hired Death Squads and Torture Teams Are Still Operating in Iraq – A 15-month investigation exploring war crimes long denied by the Pentagon lays out the tragic truth. James Steele: America’s mystery man in Iraq – video. Next Saturday sees Bristol’s Anarchist Bookfair 11am-6pm at the Trinity Centre at the East end of Old Market.