BCfm’s weekly politics show presented by Tony Gosling
First hour: News review with Gary Hopkins, Lib Dem councillor for Knowle, and chair of Resources Scrutiny Committee. The council budget – £500m a year, and cuts – about £25m a year over the next three years; First Bus increased use and profits and how the LibDems plan to make improvements to Bristol’s buses; Tory, Ian McKellen (who lives in Limehouse, East London) and alleged anti-gay comments by proposed Lord Mayor Chris Windows; Kerry McCarthy lead a delegation to the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia to counter what she calls anti-gay propaganda; 15 student protesters accosted by private security and arrested in Birmingham University; conservatives in Worcestershire deny poverty exists in UK despite food bank usage tripling in one year and national use of food banks set to hit one million people in 2014; charges dropped by Iceland supermarket against people taking food from skips, police return food to Iceland only for them to put it in the bin again; PMQs Ed Miliband – Tories had said 50p tax rate set in stone and then dropped it; PMQs – ‘wrong kind of recovery’ fuelled by property bubble; PMQs – flooding on the Somerset levels; dreadful response to flooding by overpaid Chair of the Environment Agency, Chris Smith; total incompetence of Chris Smith’s Environment Agency (EA) mismanagers leaving Huntspill CLOSED so North Levels cannot drain into the sea; opinions of Somerset levels Muchelney residents Chris Matthews and Bryony Sadler from Flooding on the Levels Action Group (FLAG); Mark Carney, head of the Bank of England, warns Scots they will have to pay if they want a Scottish pound.
Second hour: Interview with Ian Fraser, journalist, blogger and author of ‘Shredded: The Rise and Fall of RBS‘ He discusses banking, fraud and the terrible practices of RBS – including Global Restructuring Group (GRG) deliberately engineering the default of viable companies and then asset stripping them, pension funds fraud, and persecuting individuals who try to bring legal cases against them. Descent into mass criminality in the City of London who now seem to have resorted to being attractive as the most criminal financial centre in the war where everybody knows that nobody will be prosecuted for any crime. CPS, SFO and City of London police are so corrupt that Prosecutions for crimes taking place in the City of London are now only taking place in the US: SFO left shamefaced after US nails City fraudster. Commercial Lending in the UK is unregulated. Ed Pennings of State Street overcharged clients by £12.2m = Gross Misconduct, fined £23m on 31st January 2014 by Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). HBOS Nine charged with blackmail, etc. etc. Andrew Bailey, no. 2 at Financial Services Authority (FSA) knew Co-operative bank had liquidity and capital problems but pushed through the bank as preferred bidder for sale of Lloyds branches agreed with the European Union (EU). NatWest Three committed massive fraud at Enron. Lawrence Tomlinson’s November 2013 report into GRG: Royal Bank of Scotland’s Derek Carlisle of Global Restructuring Group (GRG) said “We will destroy you and your family” and did. GRG’s ‘malicious’, ‘vindictive’ and ‘nasty’ intimidate solicitors saying “We’re going to hound you”. Martin Summers discusses the recent tapering of quantitative easing in the US, the effect of this on the emerging stock markets of the BRICS countries, the world’s commodities markets and a possible impending financial crash. The director of UK surveillance agency GCHQ Ian Lobban stands down – due to revelations of criminality within by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden? Edwin Black’s ‘IBM and the Holocaust’, Nazis used databases and computers for mass genocide, and consolidated databases like the one for NHS medical records (opt out here). Former US Marine Ken O’ Keefe on ‘The People’s Voice’ internet TV channel, discussing 9/11 as a False Flag operation.