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: Bristol City Council LibDem Deputy leader Christian Martin Link to Christian’s film ‘Cal’ councillor for Clifton East. Christian discusses his films he has made Cal and Shank; Universal Credit and more mess ups £150m Universal Credit money written off this week by Iain Duncan-Smith which would employ 10,000 people for a year! Blaming wasted money on his secretary, should he lose his job? 5 disabled people win appeal to stop Independent Living fund being abolished – government breaking the law; 600.000 on JobSeeker’s allowance sanctioned – 2000 NHS workers lose jobs and are rehired – wasting time and money; Bristol Rovers football stadium – judicial review and Sainsbury’s to be built in deal; clips of GCHQ, MI5, and MI6 grilled at Intelligence and Security Committee and Andrew Parker, DG of MI5 – NATO terrorism – MI6 lead agency in creating Al Qaeda in Operation Cyclone [see feature film Charlie Wilson’s War] & Italian chief judge Ferdinando Imposimato blames intelligence services for domestic terrorist campaign in Italy; Marina Morris’s voxpop about Snowden leaks and our intelligence services, do people mind GCHQ listening to their phone calls and how do people avoid surveillance (changing phone numbers).
Second hour: Avon & Somerset Police Federation’s Kevin Phillips on ‘Direct Entry’, Custody suite privatisation police cuts and Plebgate. Kevin Phillips, chairman of Avon and Somerset Police Federation discusses Direct Entry – when someone without police experience gets a top police job. Also the privatising of probation, cuts, and Plebgate discussed. Mendips fracking update Mike Birkin from SW Friends of the Earth with Steve Dales from Hull on the Oxypod. Mike Birkin, from South West Friends of the Earth, discusses fracking, Hinckley, alternative energies, and up-coming events. Steve Dales, discusses the Oxypod, a pod like device you can attach to your water pipes that can decrease your heating bills by up to 30%. Sir John Sawers, the chief of MI6, Andrew Parker, the director general of MI5, and Sir Iain Lobban, the director of GCHQ in front of Sir Malcolm Rifkind and the Intelligence and Security Committee. Andrew ‘Nosy’ Parker, DG of MI5, and David Ormand, DG of GCHQ discussing how Edward Snowden’s leaks have threatened national security. Psychological Warfare: Mainstream media PsyWar. Strategic Communications is killing journalism with Tim Burt and Sven Hughes, former British Army Psychological Warfare Officer, from documentary ‘Big Boys Gone Bananas’ film [trailer].