BCfm’s weekly Politics Show presented by Tony Gosling
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First hour: News review: with LibDem Councillor for Cotham Anthony Negus. How has the transition to Mayor gone? – scrutiny committees, unaccountable Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP); Metrobus and Arena; Libraries under threat; Bristol Energy Company. Osborne’s Budget: housing – clip of Abigail Davies from Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) discussing government’s plans for social housing, reducing security of tenure, private rented versus social housing, First Past Post versus PR voting system; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) picks budget apart for the BBC says 13 million of Britain’s poorer families to be worse off after this week’s budget – taking more from the poor than the rich: regressive taxation, working tax credits, Tory lies on balancing deficit, the economy and banking system are bust. Will Greece do a deal with the Eurogroup, IMF and ECB? – Chinese stock market down, restructuring of debt, more independence with own currency. Christine Townsend discusses Bristol’s Academy schools and unlawful admission arrangements – Cathedral School, fragmentation of school system, council should prioritise ‘free school meal’ & poorer children. PMQs Teresa Pearce MP – 1m elderly not washed, dressed or fed properly; Ofwat says Bristol Water must cut it’s bills – Scottish Water nationalised; Nick Gargan, Chief Constable, has got his job back after sexual harassment case – Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
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Second hour: Investigative reports: Britain sleepwalking toward a police state with Basil Valentine from 21st. Century Wire. Interview with Basil Valentine, from 21st Century Wire – he discusses a creeping police state and cuts to civil liberties: Inquiries Act 2005; Civil Contingencies Act 2004; Tory government suggesting extremism or dissent could be criminalised; total surveillance; abolishing Human Rights Act 1998 would mean lowering protection for sexually abused children; western intelligence agencies behind terror attacks; cuts to Police but not intelligence services; new para-military SAS rapid reaction forces; TTIP in secret European court; cuts to legal aid; social engineering; the press – battle for people’s minds; PMQs with Harriet Harman – the Human Rights Act 1998 is being watered down; the permanent government; BBC – government carving up BBC budget to cut corporation 20%; interview, by C4 News, with Rona Fairhead – head of BBC and Risk Director at HSBC; she hasn’t made a fuss about BBC budget cuts so is she being blackmailed or just dim? Free country? Access to law and freedom of expression. Basil Valentine can be seen and heard at www.21stCenturyWire.com Interview with Kevin Cahill, author of ‘Who Owns the World’ and journalist at Exaro News: Hillsborough; Met Chief Constable Bernard Hogan-Howe prosecuting journalists and gagging the press at public expense; establishment in crisis; PRISM and the USA spying on us being a criminal offence – Kevin is taking several corporations that are part of PRISM to court e.g. Microsoft, Google, Facebook; The companies, revealed by NSA’s whistleblower Edward Snowden to be using Prism to steal data are Apple, Microsoft (including Hotmail) Google, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube, PalTalk, AOL and Skype. The CIA, NSA, GCHQ. Iran nuclear deal nearing a conclusion but US and Israel trying to scupper it. Remote Gordonstoun School in the Scottish Highlands – where various male royals have been sent – papers to do with allegations of child sex abuse have disappeared and teacher Derek Jones who was sexually abusing pupils has died in a car accident. The West is losing twitter battle so the British Army should use social media to spread lies. Hacks and spooks – 50% of media are working for NATO intelligence agencies.
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