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Blog Profile / Nick Robinson

Filed Under:Politics / UK Politics
Posts on Regator:610
Posts / Week:3.4
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

UKIP - power struggle, not soap opera

A parliamentary candidate resigns having tried blaming his racist comments on taking painkillers. This comes days after an alleged sex scandal at UKIP head office in which the party's chief executive did - or did not - sleep with another...Show More Summary

The speech that remembered the deficit

Just weeks after the speech which forgot the deficit comes the speech that remembers it - big time. Ed Miliband knows he has a problem and can sense an opportunity. The problem is Labour's lack of economic credibility - something every...Show More Summary

Osborne on voters' choice in 2015: Competence or chaos

A "price that works for our country". That's how George Osborne describes the deep spending cuts which he claims are needed to cut the deficit. Speaking to me in Manchester, the Chancellor said that "the prize is economic stability,Show More Summary

A pre-election Budget

In all but name this was a pre-election Budget. From his first to his last sentence - from boasting about Britain's growth to unveiling the Coalition's version of the mansion tax - Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement...Show More Summary

Spend, spend, spend – what are politicians up to?

Spend spend spend. That's what people do who can afford to, at this time of the year. Why though are our politicians following suit when the country is still deeply in the red? Today - on the morning after that NHS spending promise before...Show More Summary

Disarming the NHS as a political threat

Disarming the greatest threat to their election chances. That, at least in part, is what the announcement of a promise of £2 billion for the NHS is all about. For months ministers have worried about the mounting evidence of an NHS under...Show More Summary

Cameron changes immigration tactics

Control. Control of who comes here. Control of what benefits they receive. That's what David Cameron said the people were demanding on the morning after that broken immigration promise. What was striking about his speech though, wasShow More Summary

Analysis: PM's EU immigration speech

It is a speech which David Cameron and his adviser have agonised over for months. Ideas for it have been floated in the media, tested in capitals across Europe, debated with civil servants and, no doubt, market tested as well. What is...Show More Summary

Why change in Scotland will change the whole UK

If you think today's constitutional changes are only about Scotland, think again. If you think they mark the end of a process of change, think again. If you think they will end the debate about Scottish independence, think again. The...Show More Summary

Labour's message to private schools

"Step up and play your part. Earn your keep". Or you'll pay more in tax. That is Labour's new message to private schools. Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt wants them to provide qualified teachers in specialist subjects to state...Show More Summary

UKIP - dealing with the devil

After UKIP's latest by-election victory, Nigel Farage says he's aiming to hold the balance of power after the next election. He told me that he would do a deal with the devil - in other words supporting either David Cameron or Ed Miliband...Show More Summary

Are all bets off after fresh UKIP win?

All bets are off... the whole thing's up in the air. So says Nigel Farage on the morning after the night before. But is he right? UKIP has certainly shown it can defeat everything the Conservative Party machine can throw at it - money,...Show More Summary

UKIP and the Polish plumber question

"Go back home". That's the phrase which captures one of the most controversial ideas in British politics - the idea that some immigrants, even those here legally, should be deported. No wonder then that the failure of UKIP's by-election...Show More Summary

Cameron gets his excuses in early

David Cameron calls it "pitch rolling" - preparing the ground for a big match. The prime minister has just got his heaviest roller out to prepare for not one but two huge political matches - Thursday's Rochester by-election and the Autumn...Show More Summary

Major to Europe - Cut immigration or the UK may leave

He was the man who said that Britain's place was at the heart of Europe, the man who watched his party riven by divisions over the issue and the man who says he has not "a shred of doubt that the United Kingdom is far better off inside...Show More Summary

Ed Miliband is going nowhere

Forget all the headlines. Forget all the talk. Ed Miliband's staying exactly where he is. Indeed, he told me today that "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". On Thursday, he's giving a big speech which the papers will, inevitably, dub a "fight-back" or a "relaunch". Show More Summary

May wins and loses in the Commons

How do you win a vote in the Commons and yet lose at the same time ? How do you give MPs a vote on a crucial issue only to be attacked from all sides for not giving them a vote at all ? How do you woo potential rebels yet find they're...Show More Summary

Cameron set for sweaty time?

David Cameron is in Helsinki to attend a meeting of the Northern Future Forum which brings together the leaders of Nordic countries - Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway - together with the Baltic states - Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia,...Show More Summary

The method to the madness of PMQs

It may not be the most edifying of experiences but if you listen hard to Prime Minister's Questions it can be enlightening - if, that is, you want to understand how Ed Miliband and David Cameron think they can secure power next May. Both...Show More Summary

Resignation - Coalition withers

The coalition which first bloomed in the rose garden, withered and decayed in the Home Office. Norman Baker says that working with the Tories was like "wading through mud" and, liberally mixing his metaphors, adds that he was treated...Show More Summary

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