Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM is broadcast across Sittingbourne and Swale as well as the world on http://www.sfmradio.com.
In the first hour Jason asks “Who’s the Voice”; the 2nd hour the audience guess the word in Blankety Blank and in the 30 hour – it’s music history time with Pick Of The Number One Pops – the songs we play were number one on this day.
Kyra has the latest travel news and updates from the audience and Jan keeps us upto date with the latest news.
Also on today’s show- as it was revealed that Yoko Ono has been tweeting pearls of wisdom – we also ask the audience to text in with theirs.
Daniel Morgan was a private investigator who was murdered in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham in March 1987. He was said to have been close to exposing important police corruption. His death was the subject of several failed police inquiries and in 2011 was at the centre of allegations concerning the suspect conduct of News of the World journalists. Was he second alleged victim of the infamous gangster Kenneth Noye? And what part did his former business partner Jonathan Rees and the last to speak to him have in his murder? Sid Fillery, who led the initial murder investigation, retired from the Metropolitan Police on medical grounds and took over Daniel Morgan’s position as Jonathan Rees’s partner at Southern Investigations.
In 1998 Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Roy Clark conducted a third, secret, inquiry into the murder during which Southern Investigations’s office was bugged. In December 2000, Jonathan Rees was found guilty of conspiring to plant cocaine on an innocent woman in order to discredit her in a child custody battle and sentenced to seven years imprisonment for attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Jason McCrossan spoke to author and journalist Peter Jukes who outlined the history of the case and developments that he himself has discovered that shine a light on links between journalists and met police which strike at the heart of the British justice system.
Sophie A. Matthews was an officer in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). She policed the streets of London for a decade, initially as a uniformed police officer on the frontline, and later on as a detective in CID. For five years, she has worked as a homicide detective on the well-respected Homicide and Serious Crime Command in London.
Sophie speaks to Jason McCrossan about her new book: The Thinner Blue Line and shares some of her experiences on the front line.
On Monday Matters: Our featured artist tonight is Elvis Costello. It’s his birthday this week.
In our Night-Time Report: Police say no further victims have been found at the site of the Shoreham air crash – after the vintage jet was removed from the scene today.
Monday Matters– Tribute to – Michael Jackson – The King of Pop – it would have been his birthday on August 29, 1958 – he would have been – 57. That’s in the final hour.
In the final hour Jason McCrossan speaks to the author and journalist Peter Jukes after 9pm about the murder of Private Detective Daniel Morgan in 1987. In the twenty years following his death five police inquiries were conducted but none – resolved the issue of who actually killed him. Allegations of police corruption, drug trafficking and robbery have surrounded this case.
Unity is often seen as a good thing. And depending on what’s being united – that can be the case. However, the current Labour unity against Jeremy Corbyn is going as well as can be expected.
There is so much bad blood flowing around the Labour party at the moment (from its heart to its toe nails) I’m surprised it hasn’t been wheeled into an NHS hospital for a transfusion! Then again, with the track record of some NHS hospitals (Romford Queen’s Hospital) – maybe staying out is the medicine which is keeping it alive.
The belief is that Jeremy Corbyn is a problem for Labour and it’s election chances of 2020. I don’t actually think that Jeremy is the problem at.
The problem in so far as I can see isn’t with Jeremy – but with the uninspiring nature of the other candidates. Why aren’t they doing better? If Labour doesn’t really like them – who will?
If NONE of them seem able to even come close to Jeremy – in terms of engagement, charisma, warmth, charm & voice- what chance does Labour have in 2020 when fighting a real opponent? This particular Labour leader election – must be, must be – one of the worst managed, handled and executed election ever. It’s a disaster in terms of PR, the available candidates and the future election prospects of the party.
If you believe the polls (and after May 2015 why would we?) Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper haven’t captured party members imagination in the same way that Corbyn has. But maybe this reflects the wider trend away from party suits with plukes (spots for those unfamiliar). Just evaluate the Corbyn effect – with the Nigel Farage effect. Great at grabbing headlines. Great at getting party members enthused and great at getting them active in their communities. The problem with Farage is, of course, no one outside his gabble of groupies – want to see him actually running the country!
So, I understand why the Labour party fear a Corbyn win. It would probably be his last success. Capturing the hearts of your party is one thing. Capturing the hearts of a nation is another. As David Cameron has shown us twice – you don’t need to be a brilliant politician or outstanding Prime Minister. But, as RuPaul would say on her drag race “Good luck….and DON’T fuck it up”. Unfortunately since 2007 – the Labour Party hasn’t heeded Lady Ru’s words of rudom.
But surely the bigger problem here is the total lack of enthusiasm for any of the other candidates. A number of Labour’s ‘big beasts’ or just ‘beastly beasts’ have come out for Liz Kendall including David Miliband, Tristram Hunt, Chuka Ummuna, & Margaret Hodge. Liz Kendall? A future leader? A future Prime Minister on the global stage? Really? She ain’t no Angela Merkel or Barbara Castle. One wonders if some of those names attached to her are giving their backing knowing that the public are as likely to vote for Liz as they are for compulsory syphilis injections (and yes, some will) – thereby giving them time to grow within themselves and prepare for their own Labour leadership bid in 2020?
And then…into the debate tumbles Tony Blair, Alistair Campbell and Gordon Brown – all with one message. A message which appears to go against the ‘holy grail’ in which new Labour was built. Negative campaigning on one subject – in which you force feed a message that no one ordered nor has the appetite to taste – let alone devour.
The lack of a future Prime Minister between here & 2025 is a problem for Labour and the problem is that no one seems to know how to handle it. From Blair to Brown; Burnham to Cooper – the undignified way this contest is being played out should give much comfort to Chancellor George Osborne – whose chances of being PM are now looking stronger than ever – especially as he’s had plenty of time to practice and improve his communication skills. By 2020 he will be a force to be reckoned with & could be “our” Tony Blair to “their” David Cameron. We’ve almost forgotten how insignificant and floundering Cameron used to look at the dispatch box when up against Blair. Cameron never did and never could win when facing formidable competition.
Whoever wins the leadership of the Labour party – will face the hardest tests of their political career. They are up against a Tory party machine that survived a major recession and a rather under performing Prime Minister – who then won an election.
The next Labour leader has to not only get the policy right. They must, as Ed Milliband found to his cost, look and sound like someone who could lead the country. For me, the jury is still out on whether this is possible between now and 2025. And I think that’s a real shame.
Born on 4 August 1792 Percy Bysshe Shelley was the son of Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley. In his position as oldest male child, young Percy was beloved and admired by his sisters, his parents, and even the servants in his early reign as young lord of Field Place, the family home near Horsham, Sussex. Playful and imaginative, he devised games to play with his sisters and told ghost stories to an enrapt and willing-to-be-thrilled audience.
On Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan every Saturday morning – Jason presents Tranquil Time where a poem is read.
Monday Matters with Jason McCrossan is broadcast on 106.9 SFM.
On the show tonight: Jason speaks to former police officer Sophie A Matthews – who has written a book about her life in the Met.
In our Night-Time Report – Chief executives of the UK’s top 100 FTSE companies earned 183 times the salaries of the average full-time worker last year, a new study has revealed. We have a report on this after 8.
Our featured group tonight is Dexys Midnight Runners. who had several hits in the early 1980s, with songs such as “Geno” and “Come On Eileen”. Singer Kevin Rowland celebrates his birthday in this week.
Kyra brings us the latest music news & in the final hour John Lennon the singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles – is our tribute as we play music and interviews from his life.