BCfm’s weekly Politics Show presented by Tony Gosling
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First hour: news review: with Esther Giles and Ras Kuomba Balogun. Interview with Nana Kwaku Agyemang formerly known as Kuomba Balogun, a civil rights leader in Bristol from the 1980s, who says he had to leave the city and live in Ghana after alleged murder attempt by Bristol Labour mayor Marvin Rees’s father, Valentine Walker; Bristol riots in 1980 – how they got started – police racism and harassment; why Balogun and others fire bombed a Nottingham police station after police racism; Balogun is released from prison after two years, walking straight into job of Bristol West Labour party chair and running St Pauls’ Development Agency; Balogun organised black political activism and anti-council rallies in Bristol; which is when alleged miscarriage of justice takes place over machete attack [see article below]; cocaine arrives disrupting St. Pauls’ black community, setting people against each other, allegedly via Valentine Walker’s ‘Crystal Dove’ blues club on the corner of Grosvenor Road and St. Nicholas’ Road; Valentine Walker an alleged police informer; Oliver North and Iran Contra running cocaine from Colombia – Hollywood film Kill The Messenger – he is now one of leading media sports commentators in Ghana; he linked up with Sinn Fein, got hate mail and had to leave Bristol. Esther Giles, part of Labour Party and Finance Officer for NHS, discusses Momentum’s document about how to deal with cuts – ‘Defending Bristol’s Communities and Services – A Progressive, Anti-Austerity Response to Local Government Cuts’: the 19 points and ideas in document on how to do this; event tomorrow, 1pm at Baggator on All Hallows Road, Easton; do Bristol staff have enough knowledge of accountancy; Mayoral system and democracy; Marvin Rees’s ‘State of the City’ speech – about the budget and cuts. PMQs Corbyn – sprinklers in social housing tower blocks – Universal Credit and rent arrears.
Community worker is cleared of machete attack on Rastafarian
The Guardian (London) April 9, 1988 – LENGTH: 255 words
A jury yesterday cleared a community worker on charges of attacking Rastafarian Mr Kuomba Balogun with a machete.
Earlier, Mr Balogun, aged 26, was fined £150 by the judge at Bristol crown court for turning up late on the second day of the trial.
Mr Justice Smithies told his counsel, Mr Ian Glenn: ‘A fine would be a proper way of expressing public disapproval.’
The judge also ordered Mr Balogun to pay £100 towards his defence costs but Mr Glenn said that he did not intend to claim them.
The jury found Mr Valentine Walker, aged 36, of Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol, not guilty of unlawfully wounding Mr Balogun with intent. An alternative charge of unlawful wounding was also dismissed.
The prosecution claimed that Mr Walker, former vice-chairman of the St Paul’s Community Association, of which Mr Balogun is chairman had struck a 2ft 6in machete into Mr Bologun’s neck. Mr Mark Horton, prosecuting, said the blow came within one centimetre of severing his juglar vein.
The court was told that Mr Balogun did not initially report the incident to the police and discharged himself from Bristol Royal Infirmary after treatment.
In his address to the jury, Mr Nicholas O’Brien, the defence counsel said: ‘Mr Balogun is an evil man who does not share society’s standards or values.’
Mr Walker did not appear during the two-day hearing and the judge said that an arrest warrant still stood but was now with bail so that he would not have to be immediately arrested when found.
Second hour: Investigative reports: Saudi Arabia King to step down and 32 year old son to take over: Israel and Saudi Arabia see Iran as an enemy; war with Iran. UN: Yemen Blockade Must End or 1000s Will Die. Israeli Military Chief Gives Unprecedented Interview to Saudi Media: ‘Ready to Share Intel on Iran’. Briton’s returning from ISIS territory ‘DO NOT justify prosecution’ says terror watchdog. EXPLOSIVE: BBC admits US “coalition” working with ISIS, providing safe passage to terrorist fighters. Iraq’s Kurds beef up, move back defence line around oil-rich Kirkuk. Lebanon PM accepts invite to France. Russia makes 9 media channels, connected to Radio Free Europe, foreign agents – in retaliation to US doing the same to RT America. Theresa May talking about Russia interfering with elections. On Monday, Theresa May said Vladimir Putin’s government was trying to “undermine free societies” and was “planting fake stories” to “sow discord in the West”. Although on Wednesday, the Prime Minister appeared to soften her language. She told parliament: “if [Labour MPs] cared to look at the speech I gave on Monday they will see that the examples I gave of Russian interference were not in the United Kingdom.” – West intervening in elections with ‘The National Endowment for Democracy’. Another False Flag Terror Admission: Snipers in the 2014 Kiev Maidan “Protests”. US Commander in Japan: North Korea Diplomacy Requires ‘Military Power’. BBC journalist deletes tweet about UK’s ‘corrupt’ relationship with Israel. Homeless ex-soldier, 82, dies hours after being evicted from squat. Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett are wealthier than poorest half of US. To protect John Redwood’s job as an investment manager, he warned his wealthy clients to get their money out before the disaster hits. To me, this smacks of disaster capitalism. Engineer a crash while ensuring your own interests are protected, then clean. Philip May has ‘questions to answer’ over Paradise Papers – The Prime Minister’s husband’s company is linked to investments made via offshore tax havens in the Paradise Papers. Jacob Rees-Mogg: We must give NHS £350m a week post-Brexit. Carl Sargeant not given natural justice, family says. From January on will UK banks be sharing your details with organised crime? Fears grow that ‘open banking’ will increase fraud threat – getting rid of cash. Blacklisted News – Is America Becoming A Police State Where Churches Can’t Feed The Homeless And Kids Can’t Set Up Lemonade Stands? PMQs Dennis Skinner – HS2 – most expensive rail ever – £403m a mile – £250,000 a yard – £111bn all together. Jean Pierre de Smet discussing Albert Pike and his predictions – WWIII – atheists vs nihilists.