Bristol Metro Mayor hustings with Aaron Foot, Lesley Mansell, Stephen Williams and Darren Hall

Friday 28th April 2017

BCfm’s weekly Politics Show presented by Tony Gosling

At five – discussing the big stories in Bristol, Britain and around the world
After six –
 straight talking and investigative reports with Martin Summers

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BCfm audio files usually available 30mins, Radio4All 3/4hrs, after TX
Any probs mp3s should be on alternative links below by then

Metro Mayor website – candidates and their web sites:
Green party – Darren
Labour – Lesley Mansell –
Lib Dem – Stephen Williams –
UKIP – Aaron Foot –
[Conservative – Tim Bowles –]
[Independent Merchant Venturer – John Savage –]
Attended BCfm hustings – [did not attend]
tudio engineer: Stave Satan

First hour: Hour one of BCfm Politics show Metro Mayor debate – Apologies/explanation why Tory Tim Bowles and Merchant Venturer John Savage did not attend these hustings. Q1 Whose idea was having a Metro Mayor and what will your annual budget be? Q2 Why was their no referendum for Metro Mayor? Consultation of about 1000 people. Q3 Less than half of the electorate are likely to vote. How would you address voter apathy? Particularly young voters, and effect of mass media, Q4 £30m cuts to Bristol City Council is same as extra amount given to Metro Mayor every year, Tory trickle down ideology; Q5 Colston Hall is to change it’s name after objections to use of slave trader Edward Colston’s name – do you agree and what should the new name be? Bristol’s involvement in the slave trade; Q6 Do the city’s elite Merchant Venturers have a role in making Bristol a better city to live in? – transparency, soft power, inequality; Q7 Housing – lots of talk but little action, Bristol Labour Mayor is building 1,700 council houses now. How to deal with homeless and 20,000 on housing waiting list? The slow process of getting council houses built. It takes at least four years. New Homelessness Prevention bill and how just housing people is cheaper than  consequences of homelessness; Q8 Tidal energy in the Severn – the planning system, will tidal cost more or less then Hinkley nuclear power station? Renewable energies; Q9 Should the Bristol Arena go ahead? Q10 Will Metrobus ease congestion?
Radio4All download pages
BCfm audio file
Radio4All audio file

Second hour: Hour two of BCfm Politics show Metro Mayor debate: Q11 Has congestion charge already been decided? Will it be run by Nazi Holocaust collaborators IBM? Or ‘privatised government’ firm Capita? Flexible working hours, clean air zones penalising poorer people who own diesel cars and rewarding the rich – will oil industry allow us to get rid of cars? Q12 potholes in our roads – government cuts; Q13 how will candidates boost employment and economic growth? – Brexit, living wage and living rent; Q14 what will your priorities be for adult education? – Q15 Why have Tories called a general election now? And is it a second Brexit vote? last PMQs before run up to surprise ‘snap’ general election on Thursday 8th June 2017. Wage rises not keeping up with inflation. Will the Labour Party crash the economy? A myth? 2015 Tory election fraud charges looming? Is Jeremy Corbyn supported by Labour MPs or not? Proportional Representation voting, Tory benefit cuts ‘cruel’ and cost more than they save? Q16 What are candidates views on Trump and UK foreign policy? Q17 What are the best and worst things about the Bristol region?
Radio4All download pages
BCfm audio file
Radio4All audio file


Beginning his working life in the aviation industry and trained by the BBC, Tony Gosling is a British land rights activist, historian & investigative radio journalist. Over the last 20 years he has been exposing the secret power of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and élite Bilderberg Conferences where the dark forces of corporations, media, banks and royalty conspire to accumulate wealth and power through extortion and war. Tony has spent much of his life too advocating solutions which heal the wealth divide, such as free housing for all and a press which reflects the concerns of ordinary people rather than attempting to lead opinion, sensationalise or dumb-down. Tony tweets at @TonyGosling. Tune in to his Friday politics show at BCfm here

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