BCfm’s weekly politics show presented by Tony Gosling
First hour: News review with Doug Naysmith, Labour councillor for Avonmouth, and former MP for Bristol North West. Voting boundary changes in Bristol North West constituency. Doug is on Bristol’s Health and Well-Being scrutiny commission, George Ferguson has not appointed a proper health officer in the city, left situation vacant. LibDems had budget amendments ruled out of order by Bristol’s Section 105 Finance Officer. Home secretary announces Public Enquiry into police infiltrators during corrupted Steven Lawrence murder case. Ed Miliband and David Cameron agree about Ukraine at Prime Minister’s Questions; Lord Jacob Rothschild predicts financial markets wobbling dangerously in the next year – building more houses instead of ‘help to buy’; paper leaked by Cameron’s Deputy National Security Adviser shows Britain will not support military action against Russia in Ukraine because the City say so; PMQs Ed Miliband on Ukraine denouncing Russia’s actions – compared to the Cuban missile crisis; leaked phone call between Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Catherine Ashton from the EU, claiming doctor ‘Olga’ says some snipers in Kiev shooting protesters, were from far-right groups that are now in parliament; internet legislation blocking some search terms – could be used for censorship of legitimate searches; Fury as Tory party donors are handed NHS contracts worth £1.5BILLION under health reforms given to prominent Tory MPs who donate to Tory office – Sir Paul Ruddock gives £7000 to Tory Party for Landsdown Company contract; private company East Coast Ambulance Service goes bust – need FOI for contracting system; PMQs Kerry McCarthy – 40% of food wasted and food banks; PMQs Steven Mosely MP – youth unemployment down and apprenticeships; Iain Duncan-Smith accused of statistical foul play for the fourth time in a year – national statistics guidelines not followed; Government’s Universal Job Match – 350,000 jobs don’t fulfil website criteria and 11,000 jobs don’t exist.
Second hour: Marina Morris Ukraine dispatch from Kharkov: Friday Drivetime’s Marina Morris is back this week from her native Ukraine and gives her view of the crisis and general opinion in her family and on the street in Kharkov. Ukrainians generally happy to be rid of Viktor Yanukovych’s corrupt regime and supporting the new government in Kiev. Ukraine discussed generally including Donetsk and China’s support for Russia at the UN Security Council. Former US Presidential Republican candidate John McCain, keynote speaker, at the AIPAC Conference. He discusses Ukraine and the middle east. Also discussed – Putin, Ukraine economy, Iran and Syria, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and lack of action by Obama. Also New York Orthodox Rabbi, Steven Veil, at the AIPAC Conference. He claims all rabbis are united for Israel, although there is actually a spread of opinion, particularly amongst Orthodox Jews many of whom reject Zionism. Tim Malnick, promotes next Saturday’s ‘Your Money and Your Life’ conference 2-5pm at St Michael’s Church Gloucester Road BS7 8NT between the ‘One In Eight’ and Bristol Tools. This is to inform people to think about issues of money and community – the psychology of money, value judgements. Clip from the banned film ‘Unlawful Killing’ about the death of Lady Diana – which is now on the internet for the first time.