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: News review with Lib Dem councillor for Knowle Gary Hopkins. Martin Summers gives an update on recent economic news. Former chairman of HSBC bank when it was laundering money for Mexican drug cartels Lord Green leaves the government as Cameron backs jailing bankers; Tuesday’s full council meeting on Bristol Mayor George Ferguson’s proposed residents parking scheme, attempt to explain how decision making at the council works since the introduction of the Mayor; Care Quality Commission CQC cover up report into their own failings; Data Protection Act used as an excuse; as part of a ‘rescue deal’ shares in the Co-op Bank are listed on the Stock Market; Prime Minister’s Questions Labour MP Michael Meacher explains how the rich are getting richer, the richest 1000 people in the UK gaining an extra £170m each since the ‘financial crash’ in 2008; Mark Kindrick MP on how child poverty has gone up; BBC Lawyers and Station Manager Tim Pemberton fail in bid to remove clip of KPMG delivering ‘Business News’ on BBC Radio Bristol.
Second hour: Round up of international news with Martin Summers: the G8 and Syria, and the Iranian elections. Former Fraud Squad detective, Rowan Bosworth-Davies, on this week’s Parliamentary Banking Commission report. He believes the City of London IS the government because it has bought off Scotland Yard. Poor showing by Labour leader Ed Miliband who bought the lie that we need new legislation to deal with the bankers, we don’t. Theft Act and Fraud Act perfectly adequate. Biggest arms manufacturers in Europe, EADS, and Britain, BAe Systems, attended Bilderberg 2013 in Watford. Prohibition of recreational drugs fuelling organised crime. Could Bristol be the first city to decriminalise cannabis? Former Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Tom Lloyd explains why legalisation of drugs will help stamp out organised crime in the UK. [Cambridge University talk] Marina Morris’s vox pop asks do you want legalisation of cannabis?