This video from Britain says about itself:
20 December 2013
Former Labour cabinet minister and Stop the War Coalition President Tony Benn talks to the host of Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi about the alleged war crimes of Tony Blair. He shares stories of intelligence goings on during his time as an MP, featured in his memoirs, including a threat to assassinate him if he ever became Prime Minister. They also discuss voter apathy and how austerity could lead to fascism on the streets of Britain.
By Conrad Landin in Britain:
Saturday 11th April 2015
Critic Meades slams the warmongering former PM
In an exclusive interview with the Morning Star, Mr Meades launched a fierce attack on the former PM for “frivolously waging war in a completely unnecessary way.”
Mr Meades, who has written and presented dozens of television documentaries for the BBC focusing on architecture, also called for “draconian” measures to combat the “scandal” of non-doms snapping up empty homes for investment.
He added: “At least with Thatcher you knew what you were getting and she did have a kind of directness and an antipathy to euphemism.
Mr Meades now lives in France but was in London to launch his new spoken-word record Pedigree Mongrel.
He praised “bolshie” campaigners resisting the gentrification of Earl’s Court in London, and said politicians should call time on vulture investors.
“One is getting great swathes of London that is being bought by non-doms. They don’t live in them and it exacerbates the housing crisis.
“I think they should be compulsorily purchased. You shouldn’t be able to buy somewhere and not live in it.
“I can’t see any party having the wit or the nerve to do such a thing, to take such a draconian measure.”
Councils are currently allowed to increase homeowners’ council tax by 50 per cent if they leave properties empty for two or more years.
But, last year, research by the BBC found the charge had been levied on only 4,399 of London’s 80,489 empty homes.
Seven London boroughs had not applied it to a single property.
Labour has called for the fines to be doubled.
Mr Meades is known for his forthright views on urban planning and establishment figures but has intervened on specific policy issues more rarely.