BTS 5/5/08: IN and NC Primaries; Labour Party Upset; Financial Crisis

Listen: Play - Download

Indiana and North Carolina vote tomorrow in the narrowing and contested Democratic Primary. Analyst and Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson talks about the white working class vote that eludes Obama and why.

In Britain, the Finance Aristocracy takes over the Finance Capitol – in a huge upset, the Labour Party suffered its worst council election results for 40 years when the aristocratic and colorful Boris Johnson rubbed salt into Gordon Brown's wounds by winning a sensational victory over Ken Livingstone in the election for London Mayor. We talk to Lambeth Councillor and national Equalities Officer for Unison, Pav Akhtar.

We then turn to the economy as we continue our updates and analysis of the epic recession: the press and the Bank CEO’s are saying the crisis is over and that the recession may not even be here. Jack Rasmus joins us to debunk the financial crisis.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Harold Meyerson is Editor-At-Large for the American Prospect. He also contributes regularly to the Washington Post. His articles on politics, labor, the economy, foreign policy and American culture have also appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nation, The New Statesman; the op-ed, commentary and book review sections of The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and in numerous other publications. He is a member of the editorial board of Dissent, to which he is a frequent contributor of political analyses.

2. Pav Akhtar is a British Labour Party politician, and currently councillor for Stockwell in the London Borough of Lambeth. He was the first non-white President of the Cambridge University Students Union. He was previously a journalist for The Daily Telegraph. He now works for the British trade union UNISON.

3. Jack Rasmus is currently chair of the San Francisco Bay Area's National Writers Union local chapter 3, UAW 1981, AFL-CIO. Jack has worked many years both as a union organizer, business agent, local president, and labor educator, as well as a journalist, playwright, producer, and most recently book author. As a union organizer, Jack worked for the United Steelworkers, Service Employees, Hotel & Restaurant Workers and Communications Workers unions. For several years he served as a local vice-president and president with the CWA responsible for collective bargaining, arbitrations, and strike coordination and served as a delegate to national conventions and several labor councils. Jack also taught and was a director of labor studies programs in several community colleges in California. Jack has previously written The Political Economy of Wage and Price Controls. He is currently working on the non-fiction book, forthcoming in late summer 2004, entitled The War At Home: The Bush-Corporate Offensive Against American Workers and Their Unions.