BCfm’s weekly Politics Show presented by Tony Gosling
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First hour: news review: with former mayor of Bristol George Ferguson: What George has been up to, jetting around the world to speaking engagements; present Labour Mayor Marvin Rees not replying to invites to appear on this show – his State of the City address last week – his promised slavery memorial, slavery generally, George’s ‘Museum of Slavery and Civil Liberties’ idea, history of nineteenth century Bristol Whig MP Edmund Burke “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”; Brexit – pros and cons of referendums; Catalonia declares independence as Spain prepares to impose direct rule – EU won’t let them stay in, Franco and the mass graves in Spain – Paul Preston’s book ‘The Spanish Holocaust’; The Eurozone has likely entered its final calendar year, contraction on The Saker; ex Chief Exec. Of Bristol Council and her £70,000 pay off – disruption, library cuts, cuts of Bristol Council, Marvin Rees is supposed to be in charge but is he really in charge or is it back to ‘rule by committee’ under his director of communications Kevin Slocombe? Some of Marvin’s State of the City address – about young people and education; Marvin endorses corporate sponsorship of education, eg. EDF energy; Marvin Rees stumbling over his words and misreading the autocue; Bristol’s Merchant Venturer run Academies breaking the law and failing Ofsted standards; Bristol City Council will put forward ANOTHER £25million worth of cuts almost doubling that of previous announcements – The figure is on top of the £33million already cut this year – austerity doesn’t work, devolution – Metro Mayor; Marvin Rees’ devastating Bristol library cuts – charities run them? PMQs Corbyn – low pay – Brexit and run on the Pound, Tories good with economy? Big business runs things.
Second hour: Investigative reports: Kevin Cahill, author of ‘Who Owns Britain’, ‘Who Owns The World’, journalist, and analyst of PRISM – US CIA surveillance, joins the show to review the news. 100 years since the Balfour Declaration: problems Britain has created; why was deal signed?; Suez Canal being protected; Zionism. Cyber attack on NHS – blamed on N.Korea – anti-Russian news bias. PRISM – US mass surveillance system running also in UK – StuxNet virus on Iran nuclear plant, malware. Crimea was Russian. Ukraine coup backed by West. Kenya rerun of elections and violence. Break up the Google-Facebook-Amazon web monopoly. – laws to stop monopolies. Mainstream media has lost balanced reporting, advertisers affecting media. Congestion charge in London – old diesels must pay an extra £10 – regressive tax. Google searches affected by media bias. RT and Sputnik stopped from using Twitter to promote their channel. No evidence that Russia hacked US election – National Endowment for Democracy spends lots of money influencing elections. Criminally intercepted e-mails – Barack Obama didn’t know what PRISM was doing was illegal. Class Action against Google – didn’t work. Courts judged PRISM illegal – why haven’t governments acted on this? Watching terrorist propaganda online to become a criminal offence, says Tory Home Secretary Amber Rudd. ‘Crazy Killer’ confession may end 30-year-old Belgian mystery – death bed confession on Brabant Massacre – Gladio films. Terrorist attacks in UK before elections – to influence?