Westminster Hour to host Political Thinking With Nick Robinson as a new special feature

At a time of immense political flux, Nick Robinson will bring his political expertise to a new special feature within the Westminster Hour that will explore the big underlying themes running through the politics currents of the moment.

Nick will present a run of eight half-hour in-depth discussions with leading figures and important thinkers on issues such as Is Globalisation Dead?, Can The NHS Survive?, Who Is The Real Enemy - IS, Russia Or China?, How Fake News And The Filter Bubble Are Shaping Politics.

It was famously said that partisan politics must stop at the water’s edge. In that spirit guests over the eight weeks will join Nick to delve into the wider global trends flowing through politics and could include the likes of former Cabinet Ministers such as Ed Balls as well as former top civil servants such as Lord Macpherson - who ran the Treasury for 11 years - and other international figures.

Nick Robinson says: "Never in my lifetime has there been a more exciting, a more unpredictable or, indeed, a more unsettling time in politics. The people who lead us and the ideas they promote are no longer limited by the suffocating straight jacket of what established parties or respected pundits deem to be possible or acceptable or sellable. I'm delighted to be joining Carolyn Quinn and her Westminster Hour team to host a series of grown up and non-partisan conversations about where all this might take us next."

Gwyneth Williams, Controller Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra says: "Listeners know when they tune into Radio 4 that they can rely on its world class journalism, especially in these times of political upheaval.

"Nick has been one of our pre-eminent political analysts in the last decade. I was delighted to welcome him to the Today Programme and now in this eight-week series in the Westminster Hour he will have the time he needs to expand his insights in conversation with the movers and shakers in the world of politics."

The short series is one not to miss. It will run from 9 April to 28 May and will also be available to download via podcast, under the title Political Thinking With Nick Robinson.

Notes to Editor

  • Carolyn Quinn continues to present Westminster Hour. During this run the rest of the show will see Carolyn discuss recent political events and the coming week at Westminster with the usual panels of guests in typical Westminster Hour fashion.

April 4, 2017 6:26am ET by BBC Radio 4   Comments (0)

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