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 BCFM Drivetime 
 with Southmead Councillor Jenny Smith (Labour)
 Weekly Program
 
 Bristol Broadband Co-operative  
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http://www.bcfm.org.uk/2012/05/11/17/friday-drivetime-70/17112
Weekly news review with Southmead Councillor Jenny Smith (Lab). The Jack Lopresti report - has the promised Bristol Freemasons' Provincial Yearbook arrived yet? No. Bristol Freemasons' Hall open day Saturday 16th June. Jenny has Labour's Health and Social Care portfolio. Possible closure of Bristol City Council's Elderly Peoples' Homes. Is privatised 'Homecare' a suitable alternative to elderly people's care homes? Day centres also under threat: for elderly; disabled; mentally ill. Some worrying facts coming out about anti-democratic powers of Bristol's new mayor who can pass the budget on 1/3 of the councillors and choose cabinet members from their own party even if it is a minority party. This is not democracy and it is far less so than the London mayor. Member of the former Slave Trade financiers, The Society of Merchant Venturers, George Ferguson used to be a Liberal Democrat Councillor so how can he be an Independent mayoral candidate? On Britain's fraught economy isn't it better to default on unpayable debts or else to nationalise the banking system? But these solutions seem to be taboo in the mainstream media. Government guaranteeing a certain amount of money for each individual bank account but rich people will lose everything over that amount. Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and other public sector unions on strike over pensions yesteday as a new public sector tax appears on their payslips as a deduction for the Treasury to pay off the deficit. We hear from Roger Thomas from PCS. Some public sector unions have withdrawn support from the Labour party but Ed Miliband is still tryiong to please a few 'swing voters' just like the two other main parties. People are coming to Bristol who cannot afford to live in London. Some individuals, particularly youngsters are becoming 'Non-People' due to being excluded. Michael Meacher MP's blog post points out that the 1000 richest in Sunday Times UK Rich List have increased their wealth by £155bn. They could pay off the entire UK deficit tomorrow with £30bn to spare. Many at the poorest end of society in Southmead are feeling they can't cope and small local shops are also being forced to close. First Bus withdrawing services doesn't help. In this year's Westminster budget Tory Chancellor of the Exchequer and Bullingdon Club 'Oik' George Osborne gave Britain's 40,000 millionaires £14,000 per week, that's £3bn in tax dished out for lowering the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p. Bristol's 8.4% council house rent increase is way over inflation and impossible for many to pay. Simon from Somerset calls in to BBC Radio 5 live on Monday morning and explains some home truths about the financial situation, saying the government doesn't really govern the country, it is in fact governed by the City Of London and private bankers who decide what the government can and cannot afford. Their debt is slavery. Private bankers govern the world and the thing they are most afraid of is that our elected representatives should print their own money, they want to keep their private oligopoly on money. The US Greenback under president Abraham Lincoln was government issued money and he won the American Civil war on the back of it. We in Britain could do the same today. What's the point in voting if the private banks are pulling the strings? Information tribunal tells government to publish the NHS risk register but Health Secretary and the Cabinet veto the decision and refuse to publish it. Andy Coulson former editor and phone hacking mastermind at the News of the World, then Director of Communications for Prime Minister David Cameron at No. 10 Downing Street appears at the Leveson enquiry. But it seems when he took the Downing Street job Cameron did not ask him about why he left the News of the World if you can believe that! Coulson was SSC vetted by a private company not DV vetted as required, but nevertheless he had access to Top Secret files which is a serious breach of national security. Europe Day on Wednesday: UKIP leader Nigel Farrage predicts civil unrest and possibly even revolution in Europe and a rejection of the centralised EU by the European people, he owes no allegiance to the EU flag. New survey indicates 71% of UK public believe it's time to renationalise the water industry and we on the programme agree that it's a good place to start.

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