BCfm’s weekly politics show presented by Tony Gosling
First hour: News review with Charles Lucas, Conservative councillor for Clifton. He discusses wine and his main property business Alexander Hastings. Why so many empty offices in Bristol city centre? Property bubble, flattened buildings, business rate relief, council housing; HSBC and REWARD for FAILURE: RBS loses £46bn but still awarding £576m this year in bonuses; Bristol Arena going ahead; Max Wide – a serial outsourcer – being employed by Bristol Council; should Airbus stay in Filton – Alison Devonshire of group ‘BS10’ complains of the 8000 homes to be built there; PMQs – church leaders raising issues of poverty; the definition of child poverty to be changed; PMQs – HSBC bankers bonuses up and pay rise 140% – banking system bust – dependant on quantitative easing – property bubble; PMQs – constituent having to eat out of skips – food banks use up – low paid jobs; GCHQ web cam spying – Optic Nerve campaign hacking into Yahoo! webcams – revelation from Snowden – denial of service attacks; PMQs – is ATOS pulling out of incapacity benefit assessments? – 158,000 appeals upheld – penniless people made destitute may have to pay for appeals in future.
Second hour: NATO-Russia tug-of-war in Ukraine. The troubles in Ukraine discussed. Is Ukraine one country? The history of Ukraine – maybe similar to Yugoslavia; far right elements of ‘protesters’; economic collapse; NATO; identical leaflets in Egypt and Ukraine; CANVAS. During Operation Barbarossa, the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union (USSR), and the subsequent German–Soviet War, millions of Red Army prisoners of war were taken. Some of them were arbitrarily executed in the field by the German forces, died under inhuman conditions in German prisoner of war camps and during ruthless death marches from the front lines, or were shipped to Nazi concentration camps for extermination. Some 3.3 million Soviet POWs died in Nazi custody, out of 5.7 million. This figure represents a total of 57% of all Soviet POWs and may be contrasted with only 8,300 out of 231,000 British and US prisoners, or 3.6%. Some estimates range as high as 5 million dead, including those killed immediately after surrendering. Ireland peace deal and the letters of immunity from prosecution: John Downey case – coincidence with events related to murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. He was arrested, despite the peace agreement on the day of the Rigby murder. IRA weapons hand over; false flag attacks, was the Woolwich murder orchestrated by MI5 controlling the two African Muslim converts? British army’s Brigadier Gordon Kerr was carrying out these kinds of false flag attacks in Northern Ireland. Clip from 2004 documentary Aspartame – ‘Sweet Misery, A poisoned world’ about the detrimental health affects of aspartame – lobbying of governments. Paul Mason’s World War One: 2 of 4 The Slaughter. Discussion about 1st World War based on Paul Mason’s idea for a documentary ‘The Peoples 1st World War’. Part 2 The Slaughter: trenches and use of chlorine and mustard gas; naval warfare and blockade to hit the civilian population; 1 million dead in the 1916 battle of the Somme; Winston Churchill’s failed battle of Gallipoli which attempted to capture Constantinople in Ottoman Turkey; Brusilov offensive, prelude to revolutions. 20th anniversary of the death of US comedian Bill Hicks, on the JFK assassination ‘Go back to bed America’. 20th anniversary of the death of Texas comedian Bill Hicks.