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BCfm’s weekly Politics Show presented by Tony Gosling with Irish Republican Labour activist Martin Summers was forced off FM, now online only. ‘Rested due to the pandemic’ on 24 March 2020 by BCfm charity ‘CEO’ Pat Hart who is a personal friend of the right-wing Labour Bristol mayor Marvin Rees. This Internet only NOT The BCfm Politics Show is now available 17:00-20:00 live on Fridays. Pat Hart has replaced us with a dumbed-down student show repeating BBC stories called The Bristol Agenda. If you’d like to request our reinstatement you can contact the BCfm board and manager here.
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Part One – News Review and Investigative Reports
Gary Hopkins, Lib Dem Councillor, and Leader of Lib Dem Group for Bristol, joins Tony and Martin. Referendum to remove Mayoral role. Local Council affairs. Pay gap – inequalities in society. Colin Molton, Council consultant for redevelopment deals, earns £1,450 a day! Mayoral and local elections in May. Bristol Energy disaster – £50m down the drain – audit reports not followed through. Bristol integrated transport system. The annual debate at Full Council on the city council’s pay policy had a certain fairytale quality to it this year, entirely due to the Reverend’s hapless OVERPAID EXECUTIVE ARSEHOLE, Colin “Head Boy” Molton’s unorthodox employment and salary arrangements – yet again – taking centre stage. “The salary for Executive Director roles will range from £135,000 to £165,000 with a mid-point of £150,000,” chirped the Reverend’s LUDICROUS REPORT prepared by HR committee chair and Labour loyalist councillor John “Smelly” Wellington, entirely overlooking Executive Director, Head Boy’s £350K A YEAR PRO RATA HANDOUT. “The Council’s top earner will be on a salary of up to £165,000 and the lowest-paid person will be on a salary of at least £17,364. This means that the Council’s top to lowest salary ratio is 9.50:1,” Smelly Welly’s report SHAMELESSLY continued, entirely overlooking Executive Director, Head Boy’s £350K A YEAR PRO RATA HANDOUT. THIS COMPLETE AND UTTER BOLLOCKS attracted the attention of quite a few opposition councillors and even left many Labour councillors shifting uncomfortably in their seats at the Reverend’s latest BRAZEN INSULT to the people of Bristol and their elected representatives. Although it was Tory Richard “Bunter” Eddy who, perhaps, best summed up the mood. “Since the interim director of growth and regeneration receives £275,000 and this is not reflected in the pay policy table, this makes a COMPLETE MOCKERY of the report,” said Bunter.
Affordable housing quota not met by Marvin. Eviction of a squat on Gloucester Rd. Problems with housing in Britain. Bristol squatters: arrests for Covid breaches during eviction ‘utterly ridiculous’ says police monitoring group The squatters were evicted from a Gloucester Road building yesterday Avon and Somerset Police has today (February 11) said the three people were arrested for breaching covid-19 regulations when they failed to provide their details to officers when asked. The spokeswoman continued: “The premises are not considered a dwelling. As such, it was deemed that those inside were in breach of COVID-19 regulations, namely, contravening a requirement to not participate in an indoor gathering of two or more people. “Officers employed the ‘four Es’ approach which has been standard throughout the pandemic, engaging with individuals and explaining/educating as to why they were breaching the regulations before using enforcement as a final resort. “Unfortunately, an officer was assaulted whilst attempting to manage the situation.” Yesterday (March 10), one of the occupants raised concerns of police abusing their powers, saying officers used coronavirus as a scapegoat to arrest people.
CRIMINALISING TRESPASS, PART THREE: SUFFOCATING SPACES OF RESISTANCE by Tesni Clare For those who don’t know and there are many who don’t, because the press have been worryingly silent on the matter until recently there are a number of small, self-organised communities of activists living in tents and treehouses between London and Birmingham, along the proposed route of high speed railway HS2. The railway, and the protest camps, thread through some of this country’s last remaining pockets of ancient broadleaf woodland. Whilst many have been evicted, some camps have been there for over a year. I recently went to stay at Crackley Woods protection camp in Kenilworth, which acts as the safehold of all camps along the route: a place where activists can rest and recuperate and monitor construction from a rickety watchtower, and a place where people new to the campaign against HS2 can learn about the railway, learn to climb trees, and meet other activists. Despite HS2 Ltd’s multiple attempts to litigate against the camps, they are not criminal places. I found Crackley to be a place of community, care and knowledge-sharing; a place where strangers, bound by nothing but a common love for wilderness, would share meals and build shelters. I felt a strange deja vu for a time I’d never lived, remembering the zealous grassroots activism and ad-hoc, communal living Id seen in photos of the Twyford Down protest camps of 1992. In the soft white moonlight, under a kaleidoscope of stars, I sat with camp residents as smoke spiralled from a glowing fire into the night above. People were sharing melancholic stories of the now 10-year struggle against HS2. Whilst the environmental case against the railway is glaringly obvious, a woman told me that there is a deeply social side to this problem. I then learnt of the necessary acquisition of over 17,000 acres of land, including common land and ancient woodland, and the 50,000 Compulsory Purchase Orders that would be, or already had been issued: people losing their land, family homes and livelihoods, for little or no compensation.
PMQs Karen Smith – apprenticeships for young people. PMQs Kier Starmer – Boris’s promises for NHS broken. Decrease in pay for nurses with inflation. PMQs Jack Lopresti – Government drop idea of Great Western Free Port for Bristol Metro Mayor, Tim Bowles, is leaving.
Murder of Sarah Everard suspect is a police officer – the suspect arrested is Wayne Couzens – but the media news line should not be ‘men attacking women’ and demands for nationwide 6pm curfews for men – called for by Green Party’s Dame Jenny Jones – as the propagenda London media are leading us into – but the fact that this murder may have been committed by a royal diplomatic protection police officer who’d allegedly been committing criminal indecent acts three days previously in a London kebab shop but wasn’t arrested or charged for the offences he’d allegedly committed – also with the thousands of deaths at the hands of the police – are the police above the law – THAT’S the debate we should be having – how is a potential murderer finding safe harbour as an armed – anti terrorist command officer based at the palace of Westminster – guarding the US embassy on the day Sarah disappeared,??? And why has his UK no 1 anti terror boss – much loved by MI5 – Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu not been on TV explaining how one of his officers has become a potential murderer.
Oprah’s interview with Meghan and Harry: Piers Morgan clashing with weather man Alex Beresford; parts of interview not aired on TV – where Meghan discusses the breakdown of her relationship with her father.
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Part Two – Covid-19 Scamdemic Casedemic latest and investigations
Hong Kong election candidates vetted by China. 10 years since the Syrian war began – Peter Ford, former Ambassador to Syria, discusses how the West prepared to get rid of Assad. The Pope in Iraq who were victims of the US STORY antiwar.com LINK**.
List of places under US sanctions. Peter Ford – what Assad and his wife are like and Russo-phobia.
Iran racing to make nuclear bomb STORY LINK**. Israel and US first meeting on Iran. US planning cyber attack on Russia in retaliation for Solar Winds.
Meghan Markle’s history of treating those close to her badly – cut out her first husband of two years Trevor Engelson; permanently blanked her father Thomas; her brother Thomas Markle Jr.; and sister Samantha Markle – who’s published a book ‘Diary Of Princess Pushy’s Sister (Part 1)’ – Meghan then went on to attack the royal family too – maybe she doesn’t like families? ‘It’s not too late!’ ‘What kind of person starts out by using her own father until he’s bankrupt, then forgets about him in Mexico leaving him broke, over mostly all her debts,’ the letter continued. ‘And when it’s time to pay him back she forgets her own father like she never knew him. ‘It’s very apparent that her tiny bit of Hollywood fame has gone to her head. Meghan Markle’s brother Thomas pens extraordinary open letter telling Prince Harry ‘this is the biggest mistake in royal wedding history’ – as he brands his sister ‘jaded, shallow and conceited’ Thomas Markle Jr has warned the 33-year-old royal to ditch the May 19 union Insists that Meghan ‘will make a joke of Harry and the royal family heritage’ 51-year-old from Oregon adds his sister is a ‘jaded, shallow, conceited woman’ Mr Markle claims their father went into debt to support Markle’s acting dream Has not seen his sister since 2011 when the pair were at grandmother’s funeral
Meghan and Harry’s sensational claims fact-checked: How friend contradicted Meghan’s claim she never Googled Harry, the truth about that secret wedding and whether Archie really should have been a prince Meghan and Harry unleashed bombshell after bombshell in their Oprah interview that was sure to send shockwaves pulsing through the heart of the monarchy. They made jaw-dropping claims of brazen racism and delved into difficult conversations of family rifts. Although much of the interview was an outpouring of emotion, many of the claims can be stood up – or knocked down – with facts. Here, MailOnline drills down into some of the central claims of the interview. Meghan never researched the Royal Family prior to joining Meghan said: ‘I didn’t do any research about what that would mean,’ she said. ‘I never looked up my husband online.’ Fact check: Unlikely Meghan’s claim that she never researched Harry, nor the Royal Family, before entering into the relationship is at odds with claims made in the couple’s biography. Although the Sussexes maintain they did not contribute to Finding Freedom, it was written by friendly journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who say the book was impeccably well-sourced by those closest to the couple. Prior to their first date at Dean Street Townhouse in 2016, the authors write: ‘Naturally both participants in this blind date did their homework with a thorough Google search. Harry, who scoped out Meghan on social media, was interested.’ A friend is also claimed to have impressed on Meghan the attention she would command for dating Harry, saying: ‘This could be crazy…you will be the most wanted woman’. Harry and Meghan were actually secretly wed three days before the Windsor ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury Meghan said: ‘You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that… We called the Archbishop and we just said, ‘Look, this thing, this spectacle is for the world but we want our union between us.’ Fact check: Unlikely Church of England marriages require at least two witnesses and the public must also have unrestricted access to the building during any marriage ceremony to allow for valid objections against the marriage. At the time the couple were living in the grounds of Kensington Palace, and their residence is off limits to the public. A couple who are already lawfully married cannot choose to re-marry each other, unless there is some doubt as to the validity of the earlier marriage. Reverend David Green, Vicar of St Mary’s, West Malling and the Rector of St Michael’s, Offham, said it was impossible to have had two weddings, adding: ‘I think the Archbishop needs to clarify what did or did not happen three days before.’ This means that one of the two ceremonies was more likely just an exchange of vows rather than a legally recognized wedding.
Archie has a birthright to be a prince Meghan said: Idea of the first member of colour in this family, not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be… It’s not their right to take it away’ Fact check: False Archie did not have a birthright to be a prince, but could potentially become one when Charles accedes to the throne. That William and Kate’s children have the HRH title and are styled as prince and princesses – and Archie is not – stems from a ruling more than 100 years ago. In 1917, King George V issued a written order that only royal offspring who are in the direct line of succession could be made a prince and receive HRH titles. The Letters Patent read: ‘…the grandchildren of the sons of any such sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of dukes of these our realms.’ Under the rules, only Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest son Prince George – as a great-grandson of the monarch down the direct line of succession to the throne – was originally entitled to be a prince. The Queen stepped in ahead of George’s birth in 2013 to issue a Letters Patent to ensure all George’s siblings – as the children of future monarch William – would have fitting titles, meaning they were extended to Charles and Louis. Under the George V rules, Archie would be entitled to be an HRH or a prince when his grandfather Charles, the Prince of Wales, accedes to the throne. Archie wouldn’t get 24/7 security because he wasn’t a prince Meghan said: In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we (had) the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title. Fact check: False Being a prince or princess does not automatically mean royals have police protection. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie’s security is no longer paid for by the taxpayer. Harry and Meghan no longer receive British police protection, and are understood to be paying for private security. Kate made Meghan cry before her wedding to Harry Responding to claims that she reduced Kate to tears, Meghan said: ‘No, no. The reverse happened.’ Fact check: Contested Reports of a pre-wedding clash between the duchesses first emerged in November 2018, when sources claimed Meghan had been left displeased with a ‘stressful’ dress fitting for the flower girls. Accounts differed as to the source of the row. Some said it was a disagreement on whether the bridesmaids should wear tights – Meghan reportedly believed they should not. Other reports said it stemmed from Princess Charlotte’s dress not fitting, meaning another had to be scheduled. A source said at the time: ‘Kate had only just given birth to her third child, Prince Louis, and was feeling quite emotional.’ But during the Oprah interview Meghan flatly denied the reports and claimed it was Kate that left her upset.
Couple witnessed racism inside the monarchy Meghan said: [There were] concerns and conversations about how dark his [Archie’s] skin might be when he’s born’ Fact check: Almost impossible to verify Harry and Meghan said they will never reveal the person who made these comments. However Oprah revealed that Harry confirmed it was not the Queen nor Prince Philip. While currently not commenting on the contents interview, Buckingham Palace are almost certain to push back on suggestions of institutional racism. They could launch an investigation – as they have done with claims of bullying. Harry was financially cut off by the royals Harry said: ‘My family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us’ Fact check: They wanted to be financially independent When Harry and Meghan announced their intention to step back from being senior royals, they said they wanted to be ‘financially independent’. Before cutting ties, 95 per cent of their money came from Prince Charles’s income from the Duchy of Cornwall, and 5 per cent from the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant. Princes William and Harry received most of a £13million fortune left by their mother Princess Diana. Harry is also thought to have had millions left to him by the Queen mother. Meghan has not seen Samantha Markle in almost 20 years Meghan said: ‘The last time I saw her must have been at least 18, 19 years.’ Fact check: False During the interview Meghan distanced herself from her half-sister Samantha, who she said she hardly knows and she grew up ‘an only child’. A photograph from 2008 – 13 years ago – shows Meghan with Samantha at her graduation. Meghan had to turn over her passport, keys and driving licence to royal aides Meghan said: ‘When I joined that family, that was the last time I saw my passport, my driving licence, my keys – all of that gets turned over.’ Fact check: Difficult to verify Senior royals are often pictured driving themselves and it is believed there have never been prior claims of a royal having keys and passports held. Harry and Meghan received police protection, meaning their travel was meticulously planned by officers. Meghan’s press team didn’t defend her when ‘things weren’t true’ Oprah asked Meghan about stories that she made Kate cry, saying: ‘So, all the time the stories were out that you had made Kate cry, you knew all along, and people around you knew that that wasn’t true.’ Meghan replied: ‘Everyone in the institution knew it wasn’t true.’ And Oprah then said: ‘So, why didn’t somebody just say that?’ Meghan said: ‘That’s a good question.’ Fact check: Contested Making a wider point, Mail on Sunday royal correspondent Emily Andrews has said that Meghan’s press team did in fact defend untrue stories, saying this was ‘just not right’. Ms Andrews said that she interacted with a press team who defended the Sussexes ‘again and again and again, told me things were wrong – so didn’t publish – and indeed tried to stop me when true.’
Peter Ford on archaic ineffectiveness of British Royalty and courtiers – Prince Andrew patted him on the head. Do lockdowns work or not?
Dr Stanley Laham, retired immunologist, on pandemics used as biological warfare, immunity passed through generations, and faulty protocols, based on profits not health, killing Covid patients.
Sell-out Adam Curtis’s new documentary series: JFK assassination, Discordians on a mission to ridicule research on two hugely important criminal conspiracies both the CIA assassination of JFK the Bavarian Illuminati’s 250 year long plot to infiltrate all religions and governments in an attempt to take over the world.
‘Secret Societies’ cause sacking of the BBC Director General – explosive series on BBC in 1980s, by Duncan Campbell and Alistair Milne – two banned documentaries Secret Cabinet Committees and Zircon.
This is the untold story of how some of Germany’s top aristocrats contributed to Hitler’s secret diplomacy during the Third Reich, providing a direct line to their influential contacts and relations across Europe – especially in Britain, where their contacts included the press baron and Daily Mail owner Lord Rothermere and the future King Edward VIII. Using previously unexplored sources from Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and the USA, Karina Urbach unravels the story of top-level go-betweens such as the Duke of Coburg, grandson of Queen Victoria, and the seductive Stephanie von Hohenlohe, who rose from a life of poverty in Vienna to become a princess and an intimate of Adolf Hitler. As Urbach shows, Coburg and other senior aristocrats were tasked with some of Germany’s most secret foreign policy missions from the First World War onwards, culminating in their role as Hitler’s trusted go-betweens, as he readied Germany for conflict during the 1930s – and later, in the Second World War. Tracing what became of these high-level go-betweens in the years after the Nazi collapse in 1945 – from prominent media careers to sunny retirements in Marbella – the book concludes with an assessment of their overall significance in the foreign policy of the Third Reich.
Meghan Markle or Wallace Simpson? Royal racism or Hollywood PsyOp? Echoes perhaps of the scandal with Edward and Mrs Simpson abdicating from ‘The Firm’ in 1936? Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson’s timeline of treachery triggering the bombing of Britain researched by German academic Karina Urbach, author of ‘Go-Betweens For Hitler (2015). A look back at Britain’s Nazi King – Edward Windsor
- 20 January 1936 – George V dies and Edward VIII ascends to the British throne
- 11 December 1936 – Edward VIII abdicates – becomes Duke of Windsor
- 03 June 1937 – Edward marries Mrs Simpson in France and refuses to return to the UK
- 11–23 October 1937 – Duke of Windsor and Wallace Simpson tour Nazi Germany
- 01 September 1939 – World War Two declared by Britain on Germany after Nazi invasion of Poland
- 10 May 1940 – Tory Winston Churchill (a Liberal for the 20 years around WWI) becomes prime minister
- 18 June 1940 – Churchill ‘Battle of Britain’ ‘Christian civilisation’ ‘perverted science’ ‘their finest hour’ speech
- 25 June 1940 – Edward VIII Duke of Windsor tells Spanish diplomat Don Javier Bermejillo: ‘you must bomb Britain to the negotiating table’
- 26 June 1940 – opening raids of Battle of Britain – Luftwaffe begin mine-laying and reconnaissance
- 17 July 1940 – Göring’s Luftwaffe start bombing British ports
- 13 August 1940 – two-month bombing campaign of British airfields begins, an unsuccessful attempt to destroy the RAF
- 18 August 1940 – the Duke of Windsor is made governor of the Bahamas to get him out of the way
- 07 September 1940 – The Blitz commences – ultimately 42,000 British civilians killed and 120,000 injured over eight months
- 24 November 1940 – enormous raid on Bristol city centre – the Old Dutch House is burnt out – former Castle Park shopping streets flattened – St Peters Church in Castle Park burned out, Temple church too. Sadly both remain shells to this day, memorials to this night.
- 2 December 1940 – Bristol’s Portland Square is bombed, damage only now being rebuilt in 2021, eighty years later.
- 11 May 1941 – RAF achieve air superiority – end of The Blitz as Hitler opens up the Eastern front war with the Soviet Union
17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History by Andrew Morton The story of the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, and his abdication in order to marry the divorcée, has provoked fascination and discussion for decades. However, the full story of the couple’s links with the German aristocracy and Hitler has until now remained untold. Meticulously researched, 17 Carnations chronicles this entanglement, starting with Hitler’s early attempts to matchmake between Edward and a German noblewoman. While the German foreign minister sent Simpson seventeen carnations daily, each one representing a night they had spent together, she and the Duke of Windsor corresponded regularly with the German elite. Known to be pro-German sympathizers, the couple became embroiled in a conspiracy to install Edward as a puppet king after the Allies were defeated. After the war, the Duke’s letters were hidden in a German castle that had fallen to American soldiers. They were then suppressed for years, as the British establishment attempted to cover up this connection between the House of Windsor and Hitler. Drawing on FBI documents, material from the German and British Royal Archives, and the personal correspondence of Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower and the Windsors themselves, 17 Carnations reveals the whole fascinating story, throwing sharp new light on a dark chapter of history.
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