BCfm’s weekly politics show presented by Tony Gosling
First Hour: News review with Daniella Radice, Bristol Green Party leader and councillor for Bishopston. The badger cull cost £4000 per badger but £50m 2007 DEFRA report to justify cull cost £27,000 per badger – total £30,000 per badger! Green party cabinet member Gus Hoyty Toyty and the bedroom tax; Traders and Residents Against Sainsbury’s at Horfield (TRASH) campaign to stop a Sainsbury’s being built in Bristol Rovers’ Memorial Ground at top of Gloucester Road – football, planning gain and corporate raiders in the football world; Ed Miliband’s speech about bringing more competition into banking – zombie casino banks still not dealt with, bonuses and short-termism; Is £38m of Bristol City Council public money for Bristol Arena justified? Arena costing total of £91m. City Deal, Public Property Board is chaired by the Mayor of Bristol and has representatives from the Homes and Communities Agency, Government Property Unit, Bristol City Council and two representatives from the Business Community, Local Enterprise partnership; Bristol 24-7 coment page Economic vision blind to closing gap between Bristol’s rich and poor: Until we address the real problems of equality of opportunity, the city will never realise its true economic and social potential, writes Tessa Coombes. PMQs Milliband and Cameron on housing – building firms sitting on land; PMQs Tessa Munt on fracking and bribes to local government; FoI request Guardian: Emails reveal UK helped shale gas industry manage fracking opposition: Government officials accused of cheerleading for fracking by sharing ‘lines to take’ and meeting for post-dinner drinks: LibDem Tory Coalition government departments with a very cosy relationship with Fracking companies pushing fracking; former LibDem Energy Secretary Chris Huhne was not so friendly. European elections coming up in May: UKIP leader Nigel Farage on the United States of Europe and Goldman Sachs controlling what is now totally undemocratic Greece – The Green Party stand on how unbridled immigration affects Britain from Europe.
Second Hour: Interview with Chris Bollyn, freelance photographer, author and journalist. He used to work for US newspaper American Free Press, and covered Bilderberg in early 2000s as a photographer. He has written books on 9/11 and had trouble with undercover cops. He was not let in to UK recently due to this trouble. Further revelations from Edward Snowden on the NSA – devices planted in laptops enabling surveillance and text message surveillance – no legal basis, NSA leaks: British spies were given access to US ‘Dishfire’ system that reads hundreds of millions of texts from around the world. NSA infiltrated more than 100,000 offline computers using covert devices, say leaks: The intelligence agency reportedly inserted radio-transmitters into computers via spies and unwitting users to crack disconnected devices. Stasi State, US internet companies losing business. Jewish American Edwin Black who wrote ‘IBM and the Holocaust’ – Prescott Bush trading the Nazis. The corruption of Britain: UK’s key institutions infiltrated by criminals: Investigations editor Tom Harper’s story in The Independent about criminal groups infiltrating the Metropolitan Police using Freemason lodges – Scotland Yard investigated this in Operation Tiberius. Follows on from Project Riverside from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). UK politicisans’ and armed forces chiefs’ Iraq war crimes go to the top as Public Interest Lawyers two year long report to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Seamus Milne on George Galloway’s Saturday Russia Today show Sputnik – discussing Thatcher government’s use of security services to crush Arthur Scargill and the miner’s strike who nearly won the battle to save the pits fairly. Roger Waters, lead singer and Pink Floyd guitarist compares Israel to Nazi Germany, says treatment of Palestinians by Israelis is like the Holocaust.