news review with Conservative group leader & Stoke Bishop Councillor Peter Abrahams. Mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Austerity biting but national debt is increasing. Britain's debt in 2010: £760bn; in 2012: £1tn; projection for 2015: £1.36tn. Housing benefit is rising, in 2010: £16bn billion to, in 2012, £21.6bn. Further discussions on debt including the billionaires cabinet and tax havens. Tory Conference: Boris Johnson's'mop' speech on cleaning items, old conservatives used to agree with Keynes' economics. ATOS, Scotland is no longer not using them - lack of jobs, possible solution is the citizen's income. Tory conference: finale of Prime Minister David Cameron's speech about his father Ian who was disabled but pioneered the use of tax havens such as the Cayman Islands and Panama to put savings beyond the reach of the taxman - aspiration nation. Energy and food prices are rising, financial determinism vs. regulation. House of Lords discuss the collapse of First Group West Coast Mainline train franchise and ask about independence of the people conducting enquiry into the fiasco. Council tax changes, Bristol City Council holding consultation including discussion on rates, nobody complained about the system when the council tax was brought in in the 1980s.