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Nick Robinson talks about what’s really going on in British politics.

Political Thinking with Nick Robinson BBC

    • News & Politics
    • 4.8, 1.7K Ratings

Nick Robinson talks about what’s really going on in British politics.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

LizaDB ,

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.


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'.

SH, Oxford ,

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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