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Political Thinking with Nick Robinson

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

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

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A question of experience

By Domic57 - Nov 21 2019
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Nick has what it takes to ask thoughtful, insightful questions that bring out the essence of his guests.

Highly recommended

By Spoonamus - Jun 17 2018
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Nick Robinson gives a great weekly take on the behind the scenes manoeuvrings at Westminster while also doing a good job of teasing out the more human side of his guests.

iTunes Ratings

56 Ratings
Average Ratings
46
5
3
1
1

A question of experience

By Domic57 - Nov 21 2019
Read more
Nick has what it takes to ask thoughtful, insightful questions that bring out the essence of his guests.

Highly recommended

By Spoonamus - Jun 17 2018
Read more
Nick Robinson gives a great weekly take on the behind the scenes manoeuvrings at Westminster while also doing a good job of teasing out the more human side of his guests.
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Political Thinking with Nick Robinson

Latest release on Oct 02, 2020

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

Rank #1: Bonus podcast: Corbyn’s Labour Episode 1

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In a bonus podcast for Political Thinking subscribers over the summer break, Steve Richards presents the first episode in the Radio 4 series, ‘The Long March of Corbyn’s Labour’. He examines the year since the general election and looks at how Jeremy Corbyn has changed as leader. Political Thinking will return in September.

Aug 03 2018

28mins

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Rank #2: The Armando Iannucci One

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The comedy brain behind The Thick of It, Veep and The Death of Stalin talks with Nick about the importance of language in politics, why comedy needs to be more like journalism and which one of them was the bigger teenage political trainspotter.

Nov 24 2017

36mins

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Rank #3: The Tom Tugendhat One

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The soldier turned politician on talking to your enemies, surviving in the battlefield and taking responsibility when things go wrong.

Apr 20 2018

31mins

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Rank #4: The David Lammy One

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The campaigning Labour MP on politicians standing up to "their bloody electorates", taking on the establishment over Grenfell and Windrush and how singing changed his life.

May 11 2018

42mins

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Rank #5: The David Miliband One

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David discusses Davos, his refugee parents, the case for another referendum, the future of British politics, and where he feels at home.

Jan 25 2019

43mins

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Rank #6: The William Hague One

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The former Foreign Secretary on why he thinks Parliament will prevent a no-deal Brexit, the threat to the Union and why he has no desire to return to frontline politics

Jul 18 2019

45mins

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Rank #7: The Anna Soubry One

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From her tough school days to her backbench battle against the Brexiteers, the former criminal barrister tells Nick why she doesn't scare easy, how Theresa May can take back control and what could make her leave the Conservative Party.

Feb 23 2018

40mins

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Rank #8: The Nick Boles One

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The Conservative MP on his plan to block a no-deal Brexit, why his time in Parliament may be up and why he now lives every moment.

Jan 18 2019

48mins

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Rank #9: The Mayday One

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Behind the scenes on a day of turmoil, Nick explains all via banter with his colleagues, Jacob Rees Mogg, a shouting numismatist and a well-informed schoolgirl.

Nov 16 2018

35mins

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Rank #10: The Alastair Campbell One

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The People's Vote campaigner on dealing with depression, admiring Bill Clinton's speaking style and why Labour will be 'marmalized' at the European elections unless it commits to a second referendum

Apr 26 2019

53mins

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Rank #11: The Len McCluskey One

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The Unite leader on the dangers of the gig economy, why he wouldn't weep if Tony Blair left the Labour Party, his enduring love of poetry and the end of a friendship.

Sep 14 2018

34mins

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Rank #12: The Sir John Major One

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The former PM on soapbox politics, why Universal Credit needs to change, dealing with his 'Maastricht bastards' and his sympathy for Theresa May.

Oct 11 2018

45mins

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Rank #13: The Keir Starmer One

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Labour's Brexit Secretary discusses the ups and downs of his upbringing, his youthful attacks on 'reformist passivity' and how he let burglars steal his television

Mar 09 2018

39mins

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Rank #14: The Dominic Raab One

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The Housing Minister on ticking all the diversity boxes, coping with a divided household over the World Cup and negotiating the "rocky bridge" towards Brexit.

Jul 05 2018

48mins

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Rank #15: The Tom Watson One

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Labour's Deputy Leader on how losing weight has lifted his 'brain fog', his fears when confronting Rupert Murdoch, and how he could now be 'taken out' by a former friend

Jun 14 2018

26mins

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Rank #16: The Geoffrey Cox One

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The Attorney General on the 'difficult birth' of Brexit, talking to Corbyn and why 'April is the cruellest month'

Apr 04 2019

44mins

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Rank #17: Bonus Podcast: Cameron Years Episode 2

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Part Two focuses on David Cameron's mission to modernise and transform the Conservative party and its thinking, exploring ideas such as the Big Society, the major shake-up of education and health policy, social reforms such as same-sex marriage and the ambition to make the party more environmentally conscious. We examine the impact of the financial crisis and "austerity" on the Cameron governments. We ask whether there is such a thing as "Cameronism" and we assess the success of David Cameron's mission to make the Conservatives more diverse and representative of modern Britain.

Feb 14 2018

27mins

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Rank #18: Bonus Podcast: Cameron Years Episode 3

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In this final part, Steve Richards explores the record of the coalition years, comparing David Cameron's approach with that of the current Prime Minister, Theresa May, also governing in a hung parliament. He examines other key aspects of the Cameron era such as his relationship with the media, his handling of the Scottish independence referendum, and his dramatic final days in office. What will David Cameron's legacy be and what are the lessons of his premiership?
The series was produced by Leala Padmanabhan.

Feb 21 2018

27mins

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Rank #19: Bonus podcast: Cameron Years Episode 1

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In a bonus podcast for Political Thinking subscribers, Steve Richards presents a series looking back at David Cameron's dramatic years in power. Part one explores the issue of Europe which overwhelmed his premiership.

Feb 07 2018

28mins

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Rank #20: The Rory Stewart One

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The new International Development Secretary on his pitch for the top job, the climate change 'emergency' and the joy of walking

May 03 2019

41mins

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The Siân Berry One

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The Green Party co-leader on her childhood love of wildlife, taking on 4x4s and whether the Greens can change politics

Oct 02 2020

32mins

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The Simon Coveney One

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The Irish Foreign Minister on his Anglo-Irish roots, the prospects for a Brexit deal and taking his centenarian grandmother to Lords

Sep 25 2020

39mins

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The George Eustice One

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The Environment Secretary on the spirit of Poldark, answering questions for David Cameron and the price of fish fingers.

Sep 18 2020

35mins

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The Anneliese Dodds One

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The Shadow Chancellor on her Presbyterian roots, being a student protestor and whether she’s prepared to say ‘no’

Sep 11 2020

34mins

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The Douglas Ross One

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The new Scottish Conservative leader on football refereeing, his unusual knowledge of cattle and whether he can stop a second independence referendum

Sep 04 2020

33mins

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The Layla Moran One

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The LibDem leadership contender discusses the meaning of liberalism, the threat of fat-shaming, and the common humanity of being stardust but not necessarily pansexual

Jul 24 2020

36mins

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The Thérèse Coffey One

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The Work and Pensions Secretary on her Liverpudlian roots, applying science to politics, dealing with the rise in unemployment and her passion for karaoke

Jul 17 2020

32mins

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The Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds One

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Labour's shadow home secretary on his village with seven MPs, the collective spirit of the Welsh valleys, what Michael Foot told him as a teenager, and his golfing name

Jul 10 2020

32mins

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The Mark Regev One

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Israel's former ambassador to the UK on arguing his country's case, why he doesn't like being called 'silver-tongued', why he changed his name, and his reasons for optimism

Jul 03 2020

35mins

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The Neil Ferguson One

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The leading epidemiologist on how science and politics can best work together, being forced to resign from a government committee, and his media nickname of 'Professor Lockdown'

Jun 26 2020

35mins

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The Robert Buckland One

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The Justice Secretary on loneliness in politics, kneeling, how courts respond to covid, and why there is no such thing as 'normal' - plus he demonstrates his love of music

Jun 19 2020

38mins

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The Maro Itoje One

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The leading England rugby player on racism, Black Lives Matter, statues, finding middle ground, the diversity of Harrow School, and being impressed by Keir Starmer

Jun 12 2020

36mins

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The Arlene Foster One

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Northern Ireland's First Minister on what happened to her family during the Troubles, her discussions with Boris Johnson over Brexit, and what she's missed most during lockdown

Jun 05 2020

36mins

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The Jonathan Sumption One

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The former Supreme Court justice on why lockdown is 'despotic', being a libertarian, not being a politician, what Lord Hutton's inquiry got wrong and what Keith Joseph got right

May 29 2020

33mins

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The Jeremy Hunt covid one

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Jeremy Hunt talks about making mistakes, learning from Asia, his dispute with the junior doctors, and the trials of family life

May 22 2020

35mins

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The Mark Drakeford One

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Wales's First Minister on tackling the virus, working with Boris & digging the allotment

May 15 2020

32mins

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The Richard Horton One

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The editor of the Lancet discusses problems in the relationship between science and politics, why he thinks the lockdown must go on, and whether he is really a headline chaser.

May 07 2020

33mins

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The new Keir Starmer one

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Labour's new leader Keir Starmer talks about his background, upbringing, legal career and core values (in an interview recorded in 2018)

Apr 06 2020

27mins

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The Rosena Allin-Khan One

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The Labour deputy leadership candidate and doctor on being prepared for coronavirus, why she chose politics and that Love Actually video

Mar 13 2020

40mins

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The Rebecca Long-Bailey One

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The Labour leadership candidate on her Mancunian roots, why she didn't go into politics straight away and raising her eyebrows

Mar 06 2020

38mins

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iTunes Ratings

56 Ratings
Average Ratings
46
5
3
1
1

A question of experience

By Domic57 - Nov 21 2019
Read more
Nick has what it takes to ask thoughtful, insightful questions that bring out the essence of his guests.

Highly recommended

By Spoonamus - Jun 17 2018
Read more
Nick Robinson gives a great weekly take on the behind the scenes manoeuvrings at Westminster while also doing a good job of teasing out the more human side of his guests.