Political Thinking with Nick Robinson

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Arthur Sludge
 May 11, 2020
A great listen

David B
 Apr 27, 2019
Great interviews. Insightful but not aggressive

Dave May
 Sep 27, 2018
love the laid back approach that helps cut through the 'on stage' personas of politicians. Nick has helped reform my views on several from both sides of the political divide.

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 Jul 25, 2018

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Nick Robinson has a conversation with, not an interrogation of, the people who shape our political thinking about what shaped theirs.

Episode Date
The Kit Malthouse One
2645
Nick Robinson talks to the new education secretary, Kit Malthouse, about growing up in Liverpool, battling Labour students at university and his priorities for education in England.
Sep 30, 2022
The Jeremy Corbyn One
3235
Nick Robinson talks to former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn about how he became a socialist, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and whether he'll be allowed to stand again as a Labour candidate.
Sep 23, 2022
The Christopher Steele One
2449
Nick Robinson talks to Christopher Steele, the author of the 'Trump-Russia dossier'. They discuss his time as an intelligence officer in the Soviet Union, how he became an overnight public figure and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Sep 17, 2022
The Christopher Steele One
2449
Nick Robinson talks to Christopher Steele, the author of the the 'Trump-Russia dossier'. They discuss his time as an intelligence officer in the Soviet Union, how he became an overnight public figure and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Sep 17, 2022
10/09/2022
1492
Nick Robinson has a conversation with, not an interrogation of, the people who shape our political thinking about what shaped theirs.
Sep 09, 2022
The Liz Truss One - Revisited
2160
Nick Robinson revisits his interview with the new prime minister, Liz Truss, from July 2018. The then-chief secretary to the treasury discusses her transition from Lib Dem to Conservative, her plans for a low-tax, small state UK and comparisons with Mrs Thatcher.
Sep 05, 2022
The Liz Truss Foreign Secretary One - Revisited
2568
Nick Robinson revisits his interview with Liz Truss from December 2021. The foreign secretary discusses facing down Russia on the global stage, the way we view British history and comparisons with Mrs Thatcher
Jul 21, 2022
The Rishi Sunak One - Revisited
1954
Nick Robinson revisits his interview with Rishi Sunak from November 2019. The then-chief secretary to the treasury discusses working in his mother’s pharmacy, why he chose to vote Leave and his knowledge of The Force
Jul 21, 2022
The Johnson Succession One
1802
With Boris Johnson having resigned as Conservative leader, Nick Robinson takes a look through the Political Thinking archives, to see what has shaped the thinking of the men and women hoping to become the UK’s next prime minister
Jul 08, 2022
The David Lammy Shadow Foreign Secretary One
2249
Nick Robinson talks to the shadow foreign secretary, David Lammy, about loneliness, belonging and Britain's place in the world
Jul 01, 2022
The Martin Lewis One
2546
Nick Robinson talks to the journalist and founder of Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis, about his love of numbers, the cost of living crisis and his application to become a crossbench peer
Jun 22, 2022
The Naomi Long One
2277
Nick Robinson talks to Naomi Long, the leader of the Alliance Party and Northern Ireland's Justice Minister, about growing up during the Troubles, the ongoing implications of Brexit and her decision not to identify as nationalist or unionist
Jun 17, 2022
The Yvette Cooper One
2234
Nick Robinson talks to Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, about immigration policy, being a working mum in politics and Labour's chances of winning back power.
Jun 10, 2022
The Sara Khan One
2069
Nick Robinson talks to the government's social cohesion adviser, Dame Sarah Khan, about her efforts to counter extremism and the upcoming review of the Prevent counter-terror strategy
Jun 03, 2022
The Mick Lynch One
2145
Nick Robinson speaks to Mick Lynch, the general secretary of the RMT, about his union's planned strike action this summer
May 27, 2022
The Nimco Ali One
2064
Nick Robinson speaks to Nimco Ali, the government's adviser on violence against women and girls about her campaigning on female genital mutilation, calls for street harassment to be made a crime and her friendship with Carrie Johnson.
May 20, 2022
The Nadine Dorries One
2180
Nick Robinson speaks to the Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries MP about her efforts to clean up social media, her upbringing in Liverpool, and being a bestselling author. Producer: Jack Fenwick.
May 13, 2022
The Jacob Rees-Mogg Leadership Crisis One
2798
Nick Robinson talks to Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg about the Prime Minister's survival, cake, dead cats and banned words
Jan 28, 2022
The Steve Baker One
2368
Nick Robinson talks to Conservative MP Steve Baker about the PM, the pandemic and parachutes
Jan 21, 2022
The Gary Neville One
1440
Nick Robinson talks to Gary Neville about his footballing career, the state of English football and his own political ambitions
Jan 14, 2022
The Wes Streeting One
2980
The Shadow Health Secretary on bouncing back after illness, living with Covid and his connection to Christine Keeler
Jan 07, 2022
The 2022 New Year Special One
1496
Nick Robinson reviews the highlights of Political Thinking in 2021 including interviews with leading politicians and public figures
Jan 01, 2022
The Ed Balls Christmas Special One
2268
The former Cabinet Minister on his passion for cooking, dancing, documentary-making and his previous career in politics.
Dec 27, 2021
The Katharine Birbalsingh One
2572
The Chair of the Social Mobility Commission on why she ‘came out’ as a conservative, the purpose of education and the perils of smartphones
Dec 17, 2021
The Liz Truss Foreign Secretary One
2793
The Foreign Secretary on the ‘network of liberty’, those Mrs Thatcher-styled photoshoots and being too busy to hold Christmas parties
Dec 10, 2021
The Chris Bryant One
2584
The Chair of the Commons Standards Committee on upholding the rules, being gay and why he could never have been 007
Dec 03, 2021
The Keir Starmer Opposition Leader One
2946
The Labour leader on his family, the migrant boats crisis and why Boris Johnson makes him angry
Nov 26, 2021
The Nick Carter One
2253
The Chief of the Defence Staff discusses the lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, and being kicked out of his school's cadet force for playing golf.
Oct 01, 2021
The Rachel Reeves One
2175
The Shadow Chancellor on learning from Labour’s defeats, playing aggressive chess and that ‘boring snoring’ Tweet
Sep 24, 2021
The Sajid Javid Health Secretary One
2676
The Health Secretary on the reshuffle, health inequalities after the pandemic and a missing pair of scissors
Sep 17, 2021
The Jeffrey Donaldson One
2024
The DUP leader on his fear of further unrest in Northern Ireland, what he learned from Boris Johnson and the Mountains of Mourne
Sep 10, 2021
The Tom Tugendhat Afghanistan One
1792
The Foreign Affairs Select Committee Chair on shame, Afghanistan and Global Britain
Sep 03, 2021
The Oliver Dowden One
2595
The Culture Secretary on culture wars, suburban values, football heritage and treading the boards
Jun 25, 2021
The Alok Sharma One
2546
The COP26 President on the ‘decisive decade’ to tackle climate change, why Swampy runs Britain’s boardrooms and being Mr Boring
Jun 18, 2021
The Gordon Brown One
2447
The former Prime Minister on tips for chairing the G7, footballers taking the knee and ‘not being silent’ on Scotland’s future
Jun 11, 2021
The Ed Miliband Reunion One
2685
The Shadow Business Secretary and former Labour leader on thinking ‘big’, standing against his brother and emergency-charging his electric car
Jun 04, 2021
The Christina McAnea One
2118
The Unison General Secretary on Red Clydeside, the art of negotiation and words of advice for Labour
May 28, 2021
The Kate Forbes One
2135
The Scottish Finance Secretary on growing up in India, her faith and how another independence referendum will be fought
May 21, 2021
The Rachel de Souza One
2352
The Children’s Commissioner on tackling failing schools, online safety and knowing your Aristotle
May 14, 2021
The Len McCluskey Election Special One
2640
The Unite General Secretary on Labour’s electoral woes, Starmer’s ‘failure’ and the politics of football
May 07, 2021
The Jonathan Reynolds One
2508
The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary on Labour’s ‘vast’ challenge, having an autistic child and why he would like to run Sunderland FC
Apr 30, 2021
The Justin Welby One
2674
The Archbishop of Canterbury on being involved in politics, how leaders today are more moral than their predecessors, the need for reconciliation, and why he likes The West Wing
Apr 23, 2021
The Alistair Carmichael One
2039
The longest-serving LibDem MP on the benefits of island life, why beef farming in Shetland shouldn’t be stopped by fears over global warming, working with Tories, and the perils of nationalism
Apr 16, 2021
The Jeane Freeman One
2686
Scotland’s Health Secretary on her journey from communism via Labour to the SNP; why she says Alex Salmond is not fit to hold office; and what went wrong in Scotland’s care homes over covid
Apr 08, 2021
The Nadhim Zahawi One
1751
The vaccines minister on fleeing Iraq, losing and making money, the role of entrepreneurs in vaccine development, and Shakespeare.
Apr 01, 2021
The Kwasi Kwarteng One
1919
The new Business Secretary on whether he’s changed his mind on Thatcherite economics, his ‘Sunday’ name, views of Empire, and the quality of Nick’s interview research
Jan 29, 2021
The Michelle O'Neill One
2032
Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister and Sinn Fein leader discusses the likely impact of Joe Biden, her Irish Republican childhood and fighting covid
Jan 21, 2021
The Mark Sedwill One
2219
The former Cabinet Secretary on handling crises, the end of the Trump era and speaking frankly to Boris
Jan 15, 2021
The Kate Bingham One
2354
The former head of the Vaccine Taskforce on finding a vaccine, getting caught in the political crossfire and whether the UK can be ‘world-beating’
Jan 08, 2021
The Jake Berry One
2033
The Conservative MP on a year of heartbreak, his friendship with the PM and his ambitions for the North
Dec 18, 2020
The Kate Green One
2439
The Shadow Education Secretary on her despair at Jeremy Corbyn, abolishing Eton and reforming the honours system.
Dec 11, 2020
The Steve Rotheram One
2485
The Liverpool Metro Mayor discusses his city’s image, Hillsborough, class politics, and why he did he a deal with Boris Johnson but won’t shake his hand
Dec 04, 2020
The Kemi Badenoch One
2276
The Equalities Minister on redefining Black History Month, racial inequality and her love for Mrs Thatcher
Nov 27, 2020
The Siân Berry One
1963
The Green Party co-leader on her childhood love of wildlife, taking on 4x4s and whether the Greens can change politics
Oct 02, 2020
The Simon Coveney One
2391
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
The George Eustice One
2103
The Environment Secretary on the spirit of Poldark, answering questions for David Cameron and the price of fish fingers.
Sep 18, 2020
The Anneliese Dodds One
2095
The Shadow Chancellor on her Presbyterian roots, being a student protestor and whether she’s prepared to say ‘no’
Sep 11, 2020
The Douglas Ross One
2017
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
The Layla Moran One
2181
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
The Thérèse Coffey One
1974
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
The Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds One
1958
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
The Mark Regev One
2137
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
The Neil Ferguson One
2146
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
The Robert Buckland One
2289
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
The Maro Itoje One
2211
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
The Arlene Foster One
2178
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
The Jonathan Sumption One
2001
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
The Jeremy Hunt covid one
2123
Jeremy Hunt talks about making mistakes, learning from Asia, his dispute with the junior doctors, and the trials of family life
May 22, 2020
The Mark Drakeford One
1931
Wales's First Minister on tackling the virus, working with Boris & digging the allotment
May 15, 2020
The Richard Horton One
2023
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
The new Keir Starmer one
1668
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
The Rosena Allin-Khan One
2457
The Labour deputy leadership candidate and doctor on being prepared for coronavirus, why she chose politics and that Love Actually video
Mar 13, 2020
The Rebecca Long-Bailey One
2286
The Labour leadership candidate on her Mancunian roots, why she didn't go into politics straight away and raising her eyebrows
Mar 06, 2020
The Ian Murray One
2581
The Labour deputy leadership candidate on uniting Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, saving Hearts FC and why Labour has to recover in Scotland if it is ever to win in Westminster again
Feb 28, 2020
The Inside Story of Election 19 One
1765
A bonus episode, with Anne McElvoy's behind-the-scenes documentary about the 2019 election
Feb 17, 2020
The What Does Boris Johnson Really Think One
1795
Pragmatist, libertarian or cakeist? Heathite or Trumpesque? Nick explores what drives the political views of Boris Johnson.
Feb 07, 2020
The Nigel Farage Brexit Day One
2074
The leading Brexit campaigner on the lessons he learnt as a City trader, what he thought of the 1975 referendum, and how he changed the 2019 election
Jan 31, 2020
The Andy Street One
2084
The Mayor of the West Midlands on his passion for HS2, why he nearly became a social worker and encouraging mavericks
Jan 30, 2020
The Nicky Morgan One
2140
The Culture Secretary on why she went from Remainer rebel to Boris loyalist, her decision to quit frontline politics and the uncertain future of the BBC
Jan 23, 2020
The Lisa Nandy One
3048
The Labour leadership candidate on her Liberal Grandfather, Marxist Dad, reviving towns and a love of Britney
Jan 17, 2020
The Ben Wallace One
1980
The Defence Secretary on getting the MoD's house in order, how he discovered a ticking bomb and why Boris Johnson is a 'left-wing Tory'
Dec 20, 2019
The Prime Ministerial Debate One
3833
A special edition with audio of Boris Johnson v Jeremy Corbyn, plus Nick's reflections after the debate
Dec 07, 2019
The General Election One with Bartley and Hancock
3442
Green Party Co-Leader Jonathan Bartley reveals why an encounter with David Cameron led him into politics, while Health Secretary Matt Hancock discusses his loyalty to Boris Johnson and why he keeps his mobile phone at bay
Dec 04, 2019
The General Election One with Gwynne and Curtice
3070
Labour's campaign coordinator Andrew Gwynne discusses mental health, Waspi women and darts commentary, while John Curtice talks about exit polls and haircuts
Nov 27, 2019
The General Election One with Price and Cherry
3350
Plaid Cymru's Adam Price and the SNP's Joanna Cherry on their personal journeys into politics and their ambitions for an independent Wales and Scotland
Nov 21, 2019
The General Election One with Tice and Ummuna
3550
Chukka Ummuna and Richard Tice on big political risks, loyalty and election high stakes.
Nov 14, 2019
The Lindsay Hoyle One
2851
The new Speaker on how he'll be different from his predecessor, his Lancastrian roots and the roll call of his 'political' pets
Nov 07, 2019
The Laura Pidcock One
2543
Labour's shadow employment rights spokesperson discusses class politics, friends and enemies, and the commentariat
Oct 31, 2019
The Robert Jenrick One
1999
The Housing Secretary on sleeping rough, owning homes, the Grenfell inquiry - and being the youngest cabinet minister
Oct 25, 2019
The Sadiq Khan One
2585
London's Mayor on the benefits of boxing, why it's good to be friends with Tories, and his arguments with Donald Trump
Oct 18, 2019
The Rishi Sunak One
2151
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury on why the Wirral meeting may go down in history, loosening the purse strings and his knowledge of The Force
Oct 11, 2019
The Grant Shapps One
1945
The Transport Secretary on planning for a no deal Brexit, using a spreadsheet to back Boris Johnson and why he's grateful to Ronald McDonald
Oct 03, 2019
The Ken Clarke One
2518
The Father of the House on whether he still wants the top job, the politics of discord and finding relaxation through jazz
Sep 27, 2019
The Stephen Kinnock One
2192
The Labour MP on being the son of a party leader, the husband of a prime minister, a difficult encounter with the Russian police, and why his colleagues should back a Brexit deal
Sep 19, 2019
The Jon Trickett One
2241
The Shadow Commons Leader on how a conversation with his grandfather sparked his political ambition and why Labour shouldn't turn its back on Leave voters
Sep 13, 2019
The Alistair Burt One
3579
The rebel Tory MP on the experience of being purged, how the Conservative Party is changing, and why Jacob Rees-Mogg should sit up straight in the Commons
Sep 05, 2019
The Ian Blackford One
2234
The SNP's Westminster leader discusses strategy at PMQs, parliamentary manoeuvres over Brexit, and how to deal with a procedural fankle or a political stramash
Jul 26, 2019
The William Hague One
2722
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
The Harriet Harman One
1952
The longstanding campaigner for women's rights on why the next Labour leader and the next Commons Speaker must be women, her plans for a podcast, and why she now talks to Tories
Jul 11, 2019
The Philip Hammond One
2438
The Chancellor on blocking a no-deal Brexit, spreading muck, the benefits of being dull, and the 'bizarre' feeling of finding himself on the far left of the Conservative party
Jul 05, 2019
The Ed Davey One
2501
The Liberal Democrat leadership contender on why liberalism has a future (despite President Putin's comments), his call for a government of national unity and why he wants his homework back from Ed Balls
Jun 28, 2019
The Steve Barclay One
2364
The Brexit Secretary on his Lancastrian roots, the 'challenges' facing the new PM and his days as a scrum-half
Jun 21, 2019
The David Lidington One
2766
The Deputy Prime Minister on doing PMQs, the Tory leadership battle and the dreaded 3am phone call, plus some Elizabethan history and a re-enactment of University Challenge
Jun 14, 2019
The Tory Leadership Campaign One
2094
Nick reviews what contenders have said about their background and values on the Political Thinking podcast
Jun 07, 2019
The Jeremy Hunt One
2180
The Foreign Secretary on his inner toughness, the biggest jolt he's received while in the cabinet, the genius of Japan, and how to have fun dancing the lambada - plus a taste test
May 31, 2019
The Michael Gove One
2894
The Environment Secretary on why he's running to be prime minister, how being adopted as a boy has influenced his thinking, and whether he can really be trusted.
May 26, 2019
The Helle Thorning-Schmidt One
2661
The former Danish PM offers advice on life after office, dealing with populists and whether she wants to run the EU
May 23, 2019
The Stella Creasy One
2106
The Labour MP on her mum's career advice, campaigning against payday lending and trying to avoid the Pythonesque giant foot of Brexit.
May 17, 2019
The Sajid Javid One
2748
The Home Secretary explains how as a son of an immigrant bus driver he defied advice to become a banker and cabinet minister - but where will his ambitions take him next?
May 10, 2019
The Rory Stewart One
2473
The new International Development Secretary on his pitch for the top job, the climate change 'emergency' and the joy of walking
May 03, 2019
The Alastair Campbell One
3236
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
The Jed Mercurio One
2667
The writer of Line of Duty and Bodyguard explains his approach to writing with authenticity about politics, the police and the NHS
Apr 18, 2019
The Steve Baker One
2683
The Conservative Eurosceptic MP on righteous anger, herding tigers, not surrendering and why he's a left wing free marketeer
Apr 12, 2019
The Geoffrey Cox One
2668
The Attorney General on the 'difficult birth' of Brexit, talking to Corbyn and why 'April is the cruellest month'
Apr 04, 2019
The Oliver Letwin One
2442
A former Thatcherite with a record of gaffes, is he now usurping the role of prime minister or has he become a Mr. Fixit taking responsibility to tackle a national crisis?
Mar 29, 2019
The Greg Clark One
1988
The Business Secretary on why Theresa May's address to the nation 'wasn't a great success', finding common ground on Brexit and whether his name is actually Greg.
Mar 22, 2019
The Esther McVey One
2676
The former Cabinet Minister on deciding to back May's deal, ensuring a 'dignified' exit for the PM and her Liverpudlian roots.
Mar 15, 2019
The Gavin Williamson One
2529
The Defence Secretary on why the Prime Minister should go 'on and on', speaking plain Yorkshire and why he kept a tarantula.
Mar 08, 2019
The Tobias Ellwood One
2566
The Defence Minister on escaping 'Carry On Brexit', Britain's place in the world and the personal impact of terrorism
Mar 01, 2019
The Luciana Berger One
2487
The Independent MP on the trauma of leaving Labour, the stresses of facing anti-Semitism and the difficult process of forging a new political force
Feb 22, 2019
The Gloria De Piero One
2596
The Labour MP on why she dreamed of going to Skegness, the importance of listening to Leave voters and why her colleagues need to keep the faith.
Feb 15, 2019
The Jonathan Ashworth One
2549
The Shadow Health Secretary on coming to terms with his Dad's alcoholism, his fears over Brexit and why he's a Croslandite and not a Corbynite
Feb 08, 2019
The Sir Graham Brady One
2971
The Chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee on delaying Article 50, championing grammar schools and where he keeps his safe.
Feb 01, 2019
The David Miliband One
2626
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
The Nick Boles One
2935
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
The Personal is Political One
1676
Nick reflects on what the personal interviews from the podcast over the last year reveal about the state of today's politics
Jan 04, 2019
The David Gauke One
2400
The Justice Secretary on slaying unicorns, why he might quit the Cabinet and his overnight stay in prison.
Dec 21, 2018
The Hilary Benn One
2557
The Chair of the Brexit Committee on Theresa May's options, why he disagreed with his father's views on Europe and the art of keeping a diary
Dec 14, 2018
The Justine Greening One
2636
The former cabinet minister on being a Rotherham Tory, breaking the class ceiling, why resigning from government preserved her self-respect, and the case for another referendum
Dec 07, 2018
The James Brokenshire One
2328
The Communities Secretary on his former life as a voiceover artist, dealing with cancer and his role in negotiating the Northern Ireland backstop.
Nov 29, 2018
The Diane Abbott One
2721
The Shadow Home Secretary on why she's sure Brexit will happen next spring, how working at the Home Office got her into politics and why her staff persuaded her to talk about the online abuse she's received.
Nov 23, 2018
The Mayday One
2115
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
The Damian Hinds One
2735
The Education Secretary on why we need to 'buckle up' as Brexit approaches, asking for more than 'little extras' for schools and why he used to carry a guitar pick in his pocket.
Nov 09, 2018
The Shaun Bailey One
2556
The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London on his Jamaican mum, getting racist abuse from MPs and attending his first political meeting after a fight with a drug dealer.
Nov 02, 2018
The John McDonnell One
2524
The Shadow Chancellor on whether the profit motive is moral, how he's now careful with his language, and why he became a Marxist not a priest.
Oct 26, 2018
The Amber Rudd One
2383
The former Home Secretary on why civil servants let her down over Windrush, why she wants her old job back and the making of Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Oct 19, 2018
The Sir John Major One
2724
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
The David Davis One
3124
The former Brexit Secretary on his Communist grandfather, how sugar turned him into a Eurosceptic and why he blames Philip Hammond for problems in the Brexit negotiations.
Oct 05, 2018
The Andy Burnham One
2100
The Mayor of Greater Manchester on why he blames social media for losing to Jeremy Corbyn and growing up in Manchester but never losing his Merseyside roots.
Sep 28, 2018
The Vince Cable One
1845
The LibDem leader discusses spasms, how racism affected his family, his respect for Blair and Brown, the prospects for liberalism, and his future career - as a novelist
Sep 21, 2018
The Len McCluskey One
2073
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
The Tony Blair One
2753
Tony Blair on his fears about how Labour has changed, his hopes on how Brexit could be stopped, and what it's like being followed all the time by bodyguards
Sep 07, 2018
Political Thinking returns next week
42
Nick Robinson looks forward to a momentous autumn.
Aug 31, 2018
Bonus podcast: Could the PM have a Brummie accent?
3428
In a bonus podcast for Political Thinking subscribers over the summer break, Chris Mason presents an edition of Archive on 4 about the accents of politics and the politics of accents. Political Thinking returns next week.
Aug 24, 2018
Bonus podcast: Corbyn’s Labour Episode 3
1701
In a bonus podcast for Political Thinking subscribers over the summer break, Iain Watson presents the final episode in the Radio 4 series, ‘The Long March of Corbyn’s Labour’. He examines how the party has been transformed into a mass movement and whether it can maintain momentum. Political Thinking will return in September.
Aug 17, 2018
Bonus podcast: Corbyn’s Labour Episode 2
1699
In a bonus podcast for Political Thinking subscribers over the summer break, the FT’s George Parker presents the second episode in the Radio 4 series, ‘The Long March of Corbyn’s Labour’. He explores Labour’s approach to the economy and how far reaching its policies will be. Political Thinking will return in September.
Aug 10, 2018
Bonus podcast: Corbyn’s Labour Episode 2
1699
In a bonus podcast for Political Thinking subscribers over the summer break, the FT’s George Parker presents the second episode in the Radio 4 series, ‘The Long March of Corbyn’s Labour’. He explores Labour’s approach to the economy and how far reaching its policies will be. Political Thinking will return in September.
Aug 10, 2018
Bonus podcast: Corbyn’s Labour Episode 1
1701
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
The Nia Griffith One
1564
The Shadow Defence Secretary on learning Polish, how the classroom prepared her for frontline politics and Labour's wrangling over anti-Semitism.
Jul 25, 2018
The Liz Truss One
2420
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury on why she's a 'freedom fighter', her penchant for British cheese and why any deal on Brexit 'doesn't bind future parliaments'.
Jul 20, 2018
The Andrea Leadsom One
2116
The Commons Leader on backing Brexit, being baffled by Boris, being badmouthed by Bercow, boosting babies' brains and branding Big Ben.
Jul 13, 2018
The Dominic Raab One
2923
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
The Dominic Grieve One
2158
The former Attorney General on his Anglo-French roots, efforts to stop a 'no deal' Brexit and challenging the actions of spooks
Jun 29, 2018
The Tommy Sheppard One
1797
The SNP MP on when indyref2 might come, why his party walked out of the Commons and how he was knocked out of MasterChef
Jun 22, 2018
The Tom Watson One
1616
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
The Andrew Adonis One
1959
The Labour peer and self-proclaimed 'Remoaner' on why he thinks Brexit should be stopped, his ambition to become an MP and losing contact with his mother.
Jun 08, 2018
The Shakira Martin One
2200
NUS President on how further education saved her, not wanting to sound like a politician (without denying political ambitions) and why it's polite to use jazz hands.
May 25, 2018
The Angela Rayner One
2230
Labour's education spokesperson on being poor but not being "a scumbag", and whether she might become leader, plus London-centric politics, shoes and the Royal Wedding
May 18, 2018
The David Lammy One
2547
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
The James Graham One
2848
The award-winning playwright on bringing politics to life, the magic of Hull, and why politicians are only human... plus, Nick's run-in with the Black Death.
May 04, 2018
The Dawn Butler One
2305
The Shadow Equalities Secretary on her experiences of racism in Parliament, dealing with anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, and why she asks her constituents to pull their trousers up.
Apr 27, 2018
The Tom Tugendhat One
1866
The soldier turned politician on talking to your enemies, surviving in the battlefield and taking responsibility when things go wrong.
Apr 20, 2018
The Jo Swinson One
1924
The LibDem deputy leader says yes to an Easter egg but no to leading a new centre party, and also explains how she's changed her view on the best way to promote women in politics.
Apr 13, 2018
The Matt Hancock One
1907
The Culture Secretary on controlling the power of the internet giants, why he wants his own personal app and how to win a horse race
Mar 23, 2018
The Brandon Lewis One
1718
The Conservative Party chairman talks about popcorn, high street parking and whether he's too young to be a Tory
Mar 16, 2018
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
The Jacob Rees-Mogg One
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The leader of the Eurosceptics on the Tory backbenches talks about why the state should respect our individuality, when the gloves should come off in political debate and why we should keep personal morals separate from politics – and of course, Brexit.
Mar 02, 2018
The Anna Soubry One
2447
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
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
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
The Paris Lees One
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The journalist and transgender rights activist talks about growing up trans and why the way media debates trans issues makes her angry.
Feb 09, 2018
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
The Sam Gyimah One
1950
The new Universities minister talks about the importance of free speech on campus, growing up in Ghana, being Oxford president and life as David Cameron's bag carrier.
Feb 02, 2018
The Jess Phillips One
1987
The straight-talking Brummie talks feminism, why pragmatism trumps principle and her unlikely friendship with Jacob Rees-Mogg
Jan 26, 2018
The James Cleverly One
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The new Conservative Deputy Chairman recalls his parents' sacrifices, explains why it's ok to want to be PM and reveals how he relaxes with his toy soldiers.
Jan 19, 2018
The Ian Hislop One
1710
The Private Eye editor and Have I Got News For You stalwart Ian Hislop talks about being a sceptic but not a cynic, his admiration for the Victorians' political energy and why the Eye's satirical journalism matters.
Jan 12, 2018
The Emily Thornberry One
2472
From schoolgirl ragamuffin to queen of sass, the Shadow Foreign Secretary tells Nick how life’s challenges have forged her, and the benefits of singing. Will she perform for us?
Jan 05, 2018
The Unusual George Osborne One
1623
George Osborne turns the tables and achieves his long-standing ambition - to interview Nick. Does he get his own back?
Dec 15, 2017
The Peter Tatchell One
2312
The human rights activist talks about the long fight for LGBT equality, the importance of debate and free speech, and why love drives his campaigning.
Dec 08, 2017
The Dan Hannan One
1954
The politician who some credit as the man behind Brexit tells Nick why it wasn't about immigration, how the British sometimes fail to appreciate what they have and why the UK should look to Switzerland as inspiration.
Dec 01, 2017
The Armando Iannucci One
2215
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
The Frances O'Grady One
2010
The TUC leader tells us what the Remain campaign got wrong, why we were happiest in the 1970s, and what she does with her lunch break. But does she forgive Nick for using Uber?
Nov 17, 2017
The Chuka Umunna One
1953
Can he block Brexit? Is he a Remaniac? Does he really think Jeremy Corbyn is like Harold Wilson? Why didn't he run for Labour leader? And is he happy to be a backbencher?
Nov 10, 2017
The Caroline Lucas One
1801
How patriarchy works in Parliament, why her party's vision of a green economy is more radical than Jeremy Corbyn's, and when it's sometimes just too tough to go vegan.
Nov 03, 2017
The Rob Halfon One
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Rob Halfon MP tells Nick why Conservatives need to radically reconnect with the people
Oct 27, 2017
The GO'D One
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Gus O'Donnell, former top civil servant, on cabinet disunity and the problems of Brexit
Oct 20, 2017
The Ed Miliband One
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Ed Miliband tells Nick his big ideas and wonders if he should have been a redder Ed.
Oct 13, 2017
The Ruth Davidson One
1878
Nick discusses the implications of Theresa May's conference speech with Ruth Davidson
Oct 06, 2017
The Jon Lansman One
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Jon Lansman talks to Nick about where Momentum could be taking the Labour party.
Sep 29, 2017
Political Thinking with Nick Robinson 03 Jun 2017
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Students, polls and politicians - with less than a week to polling day
Jun 03, 2017
Political Thinking with Nick Robinson 27 May 2017
1677
George Osborne on the power of the press, Jacqui Smith on dealing with terrorism.
May 27, 2017
Political Thinking with Nick Robinson 20 May 2017
1686
Class politics or Blue Labour? Nick talks to Owen Jones and Maurice Glasman.
May 20, 2017
Political Thinking with Nick Robinson 13 May 2017
1692
What makes a good campaign manifesto - and how can pledges lead to future problems?
May 14, 2017
Political Thinking with Nick Robinson 6 May 2017
1691
Nick examines election spending and looks at strategic options for the party campaigns
May 06, 2017
Political Thinking with Nick Robinson 30 April 2017
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Nick reflects on the media coverage of the campaign and talks to the writer Paul Mason.
Apr 30, 2017
Political Thinking with Nick Robinson 22 Apr 2017
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Nick Robinson reflects on his interview with Theresa May and talks to William Hague
Apr 22, 2017
Political Thinking with Nick Robinson 16 April 2017
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Is the NHS sustainable? Nick Robinson discusses whether it needs more money and reforms.
Apr 16, 2017
Political Thinking with Nick Robinson 9 April 2017
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Is globalisation dead? Nick Robinson discusses its pros, cons and future prospects.
Apr 09, 2017