Political Thinking with Nick Robinson

Political Thinking with Nick Robinson

Published by: BBC Radio 4
117 Episodes | First Released: Apr 9 '17 | 🇬🇧
Nick Robinson talks about what’s really going on in British politics.
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SWSBy
May 11
Rating:   4
Conservative Party Political Podcast by BBC news journalist

Why? Nick Robinson is a good interviewer who also regularly presents a national BBC radio 4 (talk radio) news programme, the Today programme, which starts the day, six days a week, for many in the UK. These autobiographical interviews have the highest production values possible, they are well researched, well paced and disproportionately represent the Conservative Party. Approaching their subjects autobiographically, these interviews put politicians at their ease (without critical examination of the policies for which they are responsible). Nothing wrong with that, it's compelling listening, if there was balance in the BBC's represenation of the UK's political parties and if the BBC was not the only public broadcaster. Without balance to the political ideology of these interviewees, there are effects very damaging to UK democracy:1) When later invited to interview by Nick Robinson on the Today programme, autobiographical familiarity creates an intimacy in tone and delivery that implies exceptional trustworthiness with the politician - no matter what the news or the policy that has caused them to be called to account by the (supposedly) impartial public broadcaster;2) The reputation for reliable impartiality from the public broadcaster is undermined through exposing its bias. By promoting the reputations of individual politicians belonging exclusively to one political party in a multi-party State, the BBC actively contributes to 'fake news'.

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SH, Oxford
May 11
Rating:   4
Informative, but biased

The interviewing on this podcast is excellent, as one would expect from Mick Robinson. But the past 8 politicians have all been Tories. Why is this? The producers of this show should make more effort to give exposure to representatives from different parties. I thought the NBC is meant to be impartial?

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LizaDB
May 11
Rating:   10
Thoughtful, incisive podcast

Nick Robinson proves with each and every interview on this podcast why he is one of the best political journalists of this era. The long form interview allows for thoughtful and intelligent discussion with politicians and others involved with politics, led in large part by Robinson’s ability to weave each subject’s life story into their present ideology. It says a lot that politicians I fundamentally disagree with can be given an opportunity to express their views in a meaningful and considered way that allows the listener to understand the reasons behind differing ideologies.Truly a superb podcast.

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Robertsjg
May 4
Rating:   10
Terrific interview

Always enjoyable and informative. The Rory Stewart interview was exceptional with as ever Nick posing insightful questions and giving time to allow the subject’s character and personality to emerge.

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Hughesy1967
Apr 27
Rating:   10
Interesting

Interesting Alastair Campbell’s response to lying is ‘I was always cleared’ rather than ‘I didn’t lie’.... says a lot

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Rich 101 :-)
Apr 22
Rating:   10
Enlightening

Love the extended format and less confrontational style. It’s very useful to understand something of our politician’s upbringing and family life that frames their thinking and decision making.

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Quickslow
Apr 14
Rating:   10
Nick is Brilliant

Awesome interviews that get me as a listener really thinking about things on a greater level. The Steve Baker and Geoffrey Cox interview were fascinating and uplifting.

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凤珊
Apr 13
Rating:   6
Keir Starmer won’t play! And it’s all got a bit “tribal” in series 2.

Can you please fix the app so that we are able to listen to the Keir Starmer one - every time I try to play it it says it’s “temporarily unavailable” - more like permanently unavailable.Really enjoyed the first series - an insight into the politicians before they were politicians / what shaped them. The latter half of series 2 has been dominated my Brexit and posturing of, mainly Tories, in different factions of what they want from Brexit. Don’t need any more of that thanks.Becky Long Bailey next please.

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# alone at xmas
Apr 6
Rating:   10
Mr Cox

What a solid voice one that commands and anchors he should be PM simply because he feels safe and someone to trust

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Claire WP
Apr 5
Rating:   10
Nick Robinson

Listen to this every week, loved the Geoffrey Cox one. Nick Robinson gets down to the important stuff seemlessly and his conclusions at the end are always thought provoking. Reminds you politics is about people.

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LisaClaire1
Mar 18
Rating:   8
Excellent - NI Voice Missing

Informative and enlightening. Gives an excellent insight into the character and motives of Westminster MPs and is therefore a truly valuable addition to public debate. It would be great to see Northern Irish MPs on the podcast and not just DUP but independents and Sinn Féin too for different perspectives...

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@RBW
Mar 16
Rating:   8
Ester McVey

Excellent summary pre and post interview. As always. EMcV really does polarise opinion. Surprising admission of her agreement to third May vote. As a ‘remainer’ I suspect this has been May’s objective all along. A managed exit within a Customs Union. Thus limiting the damage while still technically leaving. A v v clever outcome depending on your viewpoint. History will judge May well when all this noise is over. Johnson, Rees-Mogg and ERG all politically dead and should step down.

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Kshdbdokl
Mar 10
Rating:   8
Good but missed opportunity

The intimate style is refreshing, and it’s interesting to see what makes politicians tick, but because Nick’s interest is about political machinations, he misses the chance to get his guests’ deeper opinions about their specific area. For example, Gavin Williamson, Defence Secretary. Where are the questions about the arms treaty that US-Russia just pulled out of? How does he defend our nuke capability? How do we respond to China’s huge and developing military? How should Europe respond to these challenges? To get beyond sound-bites on these issues - that would be a real treat.

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Village ID-I-AT
Mar 3
Rating:   10
Village Id-I-AT

Nick Robinson delves deep into the real issues in a fascinating way that few have done since John Sergeant and Brian Walden.

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Becfhola
Feb 28
Rating:   10
Anna Soubry

Have just been introduced to these interviews so I've a lot to catch up on!This interview was excellent. Nick Robinson's technique is first class.Anna Soubry is one of my favourite politicians - she tells it like it is and is fearless in the face of her detractors.Well done, Nick!

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# alone at xmas
Feb 28
Rating:   10
Nick Robbins

Well done and good luck to Independent party we need to change and I hope this works

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CatLee29
Feb 24
Rating:   10
Contex in a time of change

This podcast gives time needed for an experienced and knowledgable Nic to expertly draw out context from key people, providing some understanding to some of the decisions and comments made in a time of fast news and rapid change.

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Dave C 36
Feb 24
Rating:   10
First class political commentary

The format of this podcast is engaging, varied and thoughtful.Nick Robinson is without doubt one of the finest political journalists and interviewers operating today

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brendan1971
Feb 23
Rating:   10
Excellent

Thoughtful and insightful interviews from Nick. A longer form makes for a much more conversational discourse (rather than interrupting and hurrying along as they must have to do on the today show). Thanks!

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the english expat
Feb 21
Rating:   10
Excellent podcast

I only discovered the podcast recently and have just listened to the David Lammy one. It really does what it says, it shows you why the politician believes what he does. It goes beyond the headlines

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