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 National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) SW representative and Clevedon Chemistry teacher Anne Lemon. The recent strike on pay, pensions and conditions discussed. Further issues covered to do with education – Free Schools, the privatising of Academy Schools which are now being run as chains such as Harris Carpets, McDonald’s running US schools, teachers only lasting five years in the system due to masses of paperwork and low morale. Marina Morris’s voxpop on schools, teaching & education. Martin Summers discusses the macroeconomics of the cuts explaining why they are counter-productive. Energy price fixing – price of living crisis – nationalising energy; Stephen Hepburn MP: “Tories a political front for the Hedge Funds and the City”; food bank usage trebling; ambulance waiting times too long.
Second hour: David Powell from South West Friends of the Earth on the energy price inflation. An explanation of energy cartels, fossil fuels, green energy, Germans generating their own energy with solar, wind etc., insulation, nuclear power contracts renewed despite failings and new ways to stop fracking by claiming mineral rights under one’s property like Mohammed Al Fayed did in 2010. BMW, which is highly secretive and built on Nazi money give Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat party 700k euros, Germans promise David Cameron that they will drop their opposition to his protecting high bankers’ bonuses and the EU emission regulations are dropped. Round up of international news stories with Martin Summers: We hear from David Cameron at PMQs on The Guardian being a ‘threat to national security’ Edward Snowden himself on GCHQ & NSA programmes – Cameron wants the Guardian investigated – and Liam Fox on security in PMQ; former Labour defence minister Nick Brown says ‘snoopers charter’ an attempt to legalise GCHQ criminality– former GCHQ director Sir Francis Richards says Sir Malcolm Rifkind not the right man for top job at Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC); former cabinet minister Chris Huhne says government not told about Tempora or Prism spying programs. Investigative reports into the probable assassination in a Mercedes car crash of award winning US journalist Michael Hastings who was investigating CIA Director John Brennan’s role in press crackdown before his death. Was his Mercedes hacked? David Mowat on Abolish Empty Office Blocks (AEOB) meeting this Thursday evening at 6:30pm in St. Stephen’s Church in Bristol City Centre.