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 BCFM Drivetime 
 Discussion about powers of the new elected mayor
 Weekly Program
 Gus Hoyt, David Cameron, Martin Summers
 Bristol Broadband Co-operative  
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http://bcfm.org.uk/2012/05/25/17/friday-drivetime-72/17682
News review with Ashley ward Councillor Gus Hoyt (Grn). Will the future Bristol mayor cut through bureaucracy or cut through democracy? Could the mayor even be an elected dictatorship? How is Bristol's May Gurney waste contract working out? Recycling levels improving but complaints about far too much street litter just 'blowing about'. Euro crisis and discussion about likely Greek departure from the Euro. Debts that can't be paid won't be paid. Insolvent banking sector needs to be wound up in an orderly fashion. Greens would focus on policies for schools, community centres and the NHS. Lessons to learn from Iceland which jailed bankers and politicians and Argentina which underwent total financial meltdown in 2000. Which? magazine survey finds all major supermarkets are using confidence tricks on customers with their fake 'half price', 'buy one get one free'and other 'special offers'. But who can destroy the power of the supermarkets especially when they are colluding on deceptive pricing? City of London banking regulator Andrew Bailey signals the end of 'free banking' but, as we hear, account charges and banks' ability to make up money out of nowhere and lend it at interest should mean free banking. Banking should be run as a public utility, a public service for all. Banking sector regulators Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Financial Services Authority (FSA) are more propaganda outfits than regulators as they are funded by the banks. Bankers are not like chrities, like an old fashioned feudal aristocracy. Credit unions are a viable alternative which keeps the wealth in the local community. The Bristol pound to be launched soon. Music: Editor of New York's Trends Journal The Gerald Celente Mix by Robin Carvell. LibDem MP for Bristol West Stephen Williams asks awkward Prime Ministerial Question this week of David Cameron about policies for growth. Speaker asks Cameron to retract unparliamentary language calling Labour's shadow chancellor Ed Balls a 'muttering idiot' but Cameron only pays lip service to the speaker's demand. We are now in a 'double dip' recession because you can not have growth and austerity at the same time. Bad language and behaviour at Prime Ministers' Questions led, on this occasion by David Cameron himself. Gus doesn't want to build new homes but bring 7000 empty homes back into use and wonders why any offices are being built when so many around the city are empty. Apparent pointlessness of the local enterprise zone (LEZ) at Temple Meads. Tory party funder Adrian Beecroft's report suggests employers should be able to 'fire at will' which causes tension with LibDem coalition partners. English Defence League (EDL) planning to march on the same day as Bristol Gay Pride march on Saturday 14th July. We are told that marches will take place at different times so there will be no clash, if you believe that. Comparison to the marching season in Northern Ireland and tensions there. South Gloucestershire Council scraps cabinet system and goes back to the old committee system after accusations of abuse of power by the Conservative cabinet. Imagine if LibDem councillor Gary Hopkins had been made mayor of Bristol, he may have forced through the sell off of green spaces in Bristol. Mayoral candidate George Ferguson is the bookies' bet to become mayor. BBC Radio Bristol audience plummets has lost 25% of its audience in the last six months after losing 50% from October 2010 to October 2011. BBC Radio Bristol's former BFBS presenter John Darble's simpering interview with corrupt Defence Secretary and North Somerset MP Liam Fox. Welfare to work firm A4E auditor Eddie Hutchinson says the company was set up to facilitate fraud for Tory party favourite and 'families' czar' Emma Harrison. Gus brings to our attention a recent New Economics Foundation (NEF) report which suggests Britain should have a 21 hour working week.

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