BCfm’s weekly politics show presented by Tony Gosling
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First hour: News review with Tess Green, Green Party councillor for Southville. Green Party vision for Bristol discussed – how to break the domination of cars and supermarkets; Ed Miliband has good press; Royal Mail flogged off cheap as shares rocket so government undersold it by roughly £1.2bn, or £100 per UK family. More privatisation so our votes mean less and rich individuals and businesses run the country; compensation and apology from construction companies who blacklisted staff and how police gave information to these companies; Compensation for ruined careers could be enormous. Keir, formerly May Gurney who went bust, have a contract with Bristol City Council but despite full council passing Tess Green’s motion saying no council contracts would be awarded to blacklisting firms this contract will continue. Ed Miliband in PMQs on cost of living and energy prices – poor paying the price for mistakes of the rich; the Red Cross have begun distributing food aid for the first time since 2nd World War; Citizens Income in Switzerland and Cyprus; long term job seekers up; Marina Morris’s voxpop on the financial crisis; reshuffle puts TV presenters in government; First Great Western’s franchise is renewed again with no competition; UK Uncut marched this week to oppose ConDem Coalition government’s Legal Aid cuts.
Second hour: Interview with Mark Leftly from the Independant Newspaper. Part privatisation of weapons procurement at MOD Filton Abbey Wood discussed. Details of mainly US companies interested in the contracts and how the US government apparently thinks it a crazy unworkable idea, mainly due to security issues. Daphne Havercroft, from SWWHAG, discusses how privatisation of the NHS is progressing. Pathology in Bristol is being merged and problems with this. Also homes being built on the Frenchay site and PFIs. Round up of international news stories with Martin Summers: Andrew Parker, head of MI5, complains of security issues over Snowdens’ revelations, his new four door Maserati is allegedly spotted in Kilmersdown in Somerset; clip of David Ormand, former head of GCHQ; security services false flags; Phillip Hammond, Defence Secretary, says Britain is war weary unless there is another 9/11; Mercedes Benz , driverless technology, and mysterious car crashes. Clip from Tom Valentines Radio Free America show of former USMC and CIA Operation Pegasus soldier Trenton Parker discussing Martin Bormann and the Nazi Gold being hidden in Spain.