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Blog Profile / Nick Robinson

Filed Under:Politics / UK Politics
Posts on Regator:616
Posts / Week:3.3
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Ed Miliband's CV for top job

Today's conference speech marked the start of an eight-month job application. So said Ed Miliband. The role to be filled - prime minister. The decision to be taken - by you next May. The big theme of his speech was not the threats the...Show More Summary

Parliament crucial to IS decision

One thing and one thing alone will determine whether the UK joins the United States in taking military action against Islamic State forces - parliamentary opinion. David Cameron will not risk a repeat of the Commons defeat he faced last...Show More Summary

Miliband to pledge rise in NHS spending

Labour leader Ed Miliband will pledge to increase spending on the NHS in his party conference speech on Tuesday, the BBC understands. He will say a "mansion tax" on homes worth more than £2m will help pay for the extra funding. Labour...Show More Summary

Change is coming to the constitution

There has never been a day in politics like this one. A vote to reject massive constitutional change in one part of the UK has triggered a debate about just that in every part of it. The man without whom this might never have happened...Show More Summary

The people have spoken. But it's not over

The people have spoken. Scotland has rejected independence. The result has been accepted by both sides. So that you might think is that. Not a bit of it. The fact that over 1.5m British citizens voted to break away from the rest of the...Show More Summary

Brown calls for three 'guarantees' for Scotland

Gordon Brown is calling for three "guarantees" for Scotland to be "locked in" before voting takes place in the referendum on Thursday. In a speech in Edinburgh later he will call for: 1. A permanent role for Scotland in the evolution...Show More Summary

Ian Paisley: From Dr No to Dr Yes

Loved and loathed, admired and feared, the life of the man known simply as "Big Ian" is the story of Northern Ireland's transition from violence to peace. Some will remember him for a single word - "Never!" - rarely spoken, usually bellowed. They...Show More Summary

Cameron and Miliband in Scotland

Today we looked at a man who knows that his tombstone may read "the prime minister who presided over the break-up of Britain". We listened to a man whose voice began to break as he made a plea for Scotland to stay. David Cameron said...Show More Summary

Scotland - Yes or No to protect the NHS?

The Unionist parties in Scotland will claim today that they can guarantee that spending on the NHS will not be cut by the next government in Westminster. They will argue that the new powers they are promising to give the Scottish Parliament...Show More Summary

Scotland - Vote No and get something better?

On the morning after the poll before, "Vote No and get something better" summed up George Osborne's message. It's a tried and trusted message which worked in the independence referendum in Quebec when a last minute poll lead for Yes was transformed into a narrow No. Show More Summary

Could Putin cross more 'red lines'?

For all the displays of military hardware, the promises to stand by Eastern Europe, the pledges to deploy more Nato forces there, it is the use of economic power, which according to Barack Obama and David Cameron has forced VladimirShow More Summary

Iraq hostage: The UK's response

A British hostage will be next to die. That was the clear and chilling message at the end of the latest horrific video produced by the brutal killers of the so-called "Islamic State". It will have shocked many but it came as no surprise...Show More Summary

The Europe 'bomb' goes off

This is a body blow for David Cameron. When he became Tory leader, he told his party that they needed to stop obsessing about Europe. This defection - and the by-election which will follow - will revive that obsession. Conservative MPs...Show More Summary

Fighting will continue after debate

Two heavyweight bruisers locked together - both desperate to land a knock-out blow. That, I fear, may be what sticks in the memory after Monday night's debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling. The two men's aggression was aShow More Summary

What's the PM's next move on Iraq?

There have been all too many acts of barbarism in Iraq and Syria in recent years. What makes this dreadful act stand out from the rest is the fact that the murderer is almost certainly a British citizen and the victim is not just a journalist...Show More Summary

Russia: how tough a response?

The rhetoric could scarcely sound tougher but will the reality come close to matching it? David Cameron, writing in yesterday's Sunday Times. said that "for too long there has been a reluctance on the part of too many European countries...Show More Summary

Labour plan to part nationalise rail

Labour will soon unveil a promise to change the law to allow for the part re-nationalisation of the rail network. Public and not-for-profit companies would be allowed to run train services as well as private firms. I understand thatShow More Summary

PM sets sights on human rights court

Who will rid me of this troublesome court? That's the question David Cameron badly wants an answer to before the next election. He needs it to woo back voters who think his government has proved impotent to resist the right of prisoners...Show More Summary

Michael Gove - Down but not out

It is no exaggeration to say that many teachers will be celebrating the cabinet reshuffle tonight. "Gove has gone" they will shout as they pour themselves another glass. Which is why, of course, the education secretary had to go. He had, quite simply, made too many enemies in what he called "The Blob" - the educational establishment. Show More Summary

Reshuffle: Who will be the winners?

On Monday the losers learnt their fate. Now we will discover who are the winners in a reshuffle made more dramatic and more wide-ranging by the decision of William Hague to quit the post he has filled for four years. If, as expected,...Show More Summary

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