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: Explanation of likely ‘Knights Templar’ arrests on Friday 13th October 1307 as origin of the Friday 13th superstitions after Bath based astrologer Steve Judd on BBC Radio Bristol’s John Darvall show, produced by Nicki Ledgard, said at 10:20 that there was ‘no reference to Friday 13th before the 1880s’. Good documentary on the Crusades made by former Monty Python comedian Terry Jones. Private Eye‘s biggest local government planning fraud story since the 1960s John Poulson affair: Fraud, theft, death and planning conspiracy in Gloucestershire’s Cotswold Water Park – news review with LibDem Cotswold District Councillor Esmund Jenkins. Banking and Britain’s unpayable debts; Iceland jails four bankers and surges ahead economically; should MPs pay be raised? The huge gap between the rich and poor in Cameron’s Britain; a clip of Mandela’s lawyer, Lord Joffe, from Today in Parliament, explaining how courageous he was; Gil Scott-Heron’s 1976 song ‘Johannesburg’ from the album ‘From South Africa to South Carolina’. Esmond Jenkins discusses planning corruption around The Cotswold Water Park in forensic detail, involving large amounts of money. Dennis Grant was jailed in 2011 for fraud but Esmond believes there are others involved. Several people have died in the process including Stroud based Public Relations consultant and journalist Declan Cunningham who, we reveal tonight, wrote the Cotswold Water Park corruption stories up for Private Eye.
Second hour: Gloucestershire’s Cotswold Water Park planning corruption continues. Gloucestershire Freemasons: ten names handed to police who fail to investigate. Esmond Jenkins continues with his story about The Cotswold Water Park. He discusses what he believes is Freemasonry connections in the planning scandal. Clips of Martin Short who wrote ‘Inside the Brotherhood’ about police, the City of London and Freemasonry, also what is Freemasonry? Nikki Clark, from Stop Hinckley, explains why she is against nuclear power. Nuclear waste, how much it costs and how to deal with it is covered in detail – Cumbria may be a recipient even though the local authority voted against it. Also alternative energies, Blacklisting firm Amec is a potential contractor to build Hinkley C. Economics of nuclear energy, it can never pay and Britain is at least half a decade behind countries like Germany. Stop Hinkley campaigner Nikki explains her reasons for opposing Hinkley C nuclear deal. Former MI5 officer Annie Machon explains the inner workings of GCHQ and dire implications of the Edward Snowden leaks for British democracy on radio channel Voice of Russia. Terrible dangers of today’s unaccountable intelligence services. Frank Sinatra song ”