BCfm’s weekly politics show presented by Tony Gosling
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First hour: news review with Conservative councillor for Horfield Claire Hiscott. Economics update on more fraud in the City of London, this time in foreign exchange markets, and George Osborne’s ‘decision’ not to split RBS. UNITE the Union and their protest against employers Ineos at Grangemouth refinery which was threatened with closure – intimidation or legitimate tactics?; Labour leader Ed Miliband questions why energy retail prices are going up around 10% while wholesale prices have hardly risen; claims Prime Minister David Cameron is a PR man for the energy companies, energy policy; should the Coalition be privatising the probation service? Government’s £1bn ‘Youth Contract’ branded a failure by government’s own advisers, Marina Morris’s voxpop, a health check on British democracy; who are the ‘permanent government’? the security services. City of London and Wall St; former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and the phone hacking trial but are they just the fall guys and girls for Rupert Murdoch? News of the World reporter Sean Hoare, who died last year after ‘telling all’ to the New York Times, would have been a key witness in the case, dead men tell no tales; Jimmy Savile’s driver David Smith, 67, mysteriously dies the day he was due to appear in court and give evidence against paedophile protecting BBC staff and police officers.
Second hour: Round up of international news stories with Martin Summers: Newport’s annual Chartist convention; Cameron’s attack against the Guardian for Snowden leaks; Lauri Love arrested for allegedly hacking NASA, the Pentagon and US army computers; Kevin Cahill exposes secret US FISA court orders for US corporations Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, to illegally steal UK data for NSA; illegal drone attacks; the secret services fomenting terrorism – Ferdinando Imposimato. US Secretary of State John Kerry’s ‘Brotherhood of Death’ Skull and Bones secret society: Why are the mainstream press peddling paranoid scare stories about peace loving nations like Iran and Syria when our ‘big guns’ nuclear ‘ally’, US Secretary of State John Kerry, is a member of and UK born Professor Antony Sutton is an expert on the ‘Brotherhood of Death’, Skull and Bones society at Yale University? Thousands of US leaders and businessmen are initiates of this society whose catch phrase is ‘Might is Right’. A clip of Sarah Gildea from her film The History of the World Economy, discussing how our immoral banking system specifically goes against the 10 commandments. A clip of Iran’s Press TV – banned by Ofcom, drone cases come into the courts in Pakistan – Lawyer Mirza Shazad Akbar discusses illegal drone strikes ordered by the as yet unnamed CIA station chief in Pakistan and how these are war crimes in several ways.