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Blog Profile / Nick Robinson

Filed Under:Politics / UK Politics
Posts on Regator:590
Posts / Week:3.4
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Prison for Coulson, questions for Cameron

On the day David Cameron walked up to the door of Number 10 as prime minister he was there - standing in a huddle of the staff who were about to move into new taxpayer funded jobs in Downing Street. Andy Coulson had been hired to connect the Tories to the parts of the electorate they struggled to reach. Show More Summary

Europe - who decides?

Who decides who should run Europe? That's the question which threatens to split the EU this week and could, ultimately, lead to the UK leaving the world's most powerful club of nations. To many that will read as a hyperbolic Brito-centric view of the battle over who should be the EU's top official - the President of the European Commission. Show More Summary

Benefit cuts for the young – secret agreement

Hush hush whisper who dares… there is widespread agreement about the need to cut benefits for young people but it doesn't suit the political parties to admit this so they're trying to keep it secret. The idea that young people should...Show More Summary

Blair: What about his arguments?

Well, people have certainly got off their chest how they feel about Tony Blair. Those who always opposed the war in Iraq have united to cry "we told you so" and "shut up". Those who once supported it and him - like John Prescott - now...Show More Summary

May and Gove in Whitehall turf war

Two competing views of how to combat Islamic extremism. Two competing approaches over how to tackle allegations that extremists have taken over Muslim schools in Birmingham. An old-fashioned Whitehall turf war. Oh, and a bit of personal...Show More Summary

Queen's Speech - coalition’s last chance

This is the coalition's last chance to spell out the laws it wants to pass before a general election which is now less than a year away. When Her Majesty reads out what is, in effect, Parliament's "to do list" she's expected to quote...Show More Summary

Wanted: New president of Europe

Wanted - a big hitter, someone who can speak for Europe but who needs to understand Britain. Oh look! Here's Tony Blair who just happens to be giving a speech about - guess what? The EU. This as the row intensifies about who should be...Show More Summary

Clegg - How to avoid that brick wall?

You're speeding towards an electoral brick wall but grabbing the wheel from the driver is not the right response. Or so you're told. In which case, what is? That's the question many Lib Dem activists are asking - as I observed on air...Show More Summary

Clegg - A very botched coup

Rarely can a coup attempt have failed so spectacularly. Its instigator has quit the party. The leader he was trying to unseat is secure - for now at least. And the man meant to inherit the crown is wounded - forced to condemn his friend...Show More Summary

UKIP - Where will it all end?

They call themselves the People's Army. They see themselves as leading a coup against the British establishment and they're not short of self belief. "This is probably the most exciting moment in politics since the birth of the Labour...Show More Summary

What UKIP victory means

A political earthquake? Really? Some weren't convinced after the results of the local elections in England. Few can doubt it now. It is over 100 years since a national election has been won by a party other than the Conservatives and...Show More Summary

Euro elections - an earthquake. Really.

A political earthquake? Really? Some weren't convinced after the results of the local elections in England. Few can doubt it now. It is over 100 years since a national election has been won by a party other than the Conservatives and...Show More Summary

Labour defends election performance

Already the Conservatives and Labour are wrestling with how to react. A few eurosceptic Tories demand a pact (with UKIP). They won't get one but there will now be huge pressure on David Cameron to show how he intends to reform the EU...Show More Summary

UKIP – a party with the power to disrupt

If you pick up a newspaper tomorrow beaming out at you will be the face of Nigel Farage, frothing pint in hand. An image that says "we're the winners". And yet, in what sense did UKIP win? Not by electing the most councillors - the three...Show More Summary

UKIP gaining seats across England

The Farage factor has cut Tory support the most - Essex man has shown signs of becoming UKIP man. It has, though, also damaged Labour - challenging them in their northern heartlands and undermining Ed Miliband's hopes of winning in key election battlegrounds in the Midlands

The UKIP earthquake - first tremors

Nigel Farage predicted a political earthquake. From the very first result - a council ward in safe Labour Sunderland - the tremors could be felt. UKIP secured 30% of the vote in an area where it hadn't even run before. It was soon clear...Show More Summary

The birth of four party politics?

Voting is over. The counting is just beginning. The results will begin to be counted in the next few hours though they won't all be known until the early hours of Monday morning. Even without the extraordinary rise of UKIP today's elections would matter. Show More Summary

Police - change or be changed

Change yourselves or we will change you. Theresa May's message to the police was as uncompromising as the black trousers and flat black lace ups she wore to deliver it. No minister has spoken to the Police Federation like this. No-one...Show More Summary

Clegg: Patriotism and the EU

Who do you think is the greater patriot - Nick Clegg or Nigel Farage? That is the question raised by the Deputy Prime Minister's passionate defence of Britain's membership of the EU today. Having begun this European election campaign...Show More Summary

UKIP - The Millwall of British politics?

"I'm UKIP and Millwall," a man in Ramsgate told Nigel Farage today. The UKIP leader laughed appreciatively. He knows what the fans at The Den chant: "No one likes us. We don't care." When I ask Mr Farage whether his party was becoming the Millwall of British politics, he laughed and said: "Perhaps we are the Millwall... Show More Summary

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