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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For All
The face of Nick Robinson will be familiar to anyone who has watched a BBC News bulletin in recent years and heard those immortal words "Live from Downing Street". I have grown to like Mr Robinson's easy style of reporting political stories, most of which can be pretty heavy going. He has a pleasant easy going manner and explains without patronising the viewer. His book...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been an excellent book, if it knew what it was about!
What is "Live from Downing Street"? Is it a history of British political broadcasting, an examination of the evolving role of the Prime Minister through the creation of mass media, a consideration of the relationship between Parliament and the media, a look at the growing rift between the BBC and Government, a political thesis, or Nick Robinson's memoir...
Published 5 months ago by Michael Warren


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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable book giving an insight of both past ..., 10 July 2014
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A very enjoyable book giving an insight of both past and present leaders. There is also an insight into our media which had to ride some stormy periods.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interest, 19 April 2014
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Well researched and written. Gives good insight into the relationships between the press, other media, correspondents, senior politicians and their close advisers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robinson's book revelatory, 14 Feb 2014
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This is an excellent book from a political 'insider', invaluable for finding out how politics and the media interact in practice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Live from downing street, 11 Feb 2014
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I bought this as a gift for my sister, she has not started to read this as yet but no doubt she will enjoy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expert political analysis, 9 Feb 2014
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This is an exceptionally interesting book written by the BBC’s Political Editor. It is packed with expert political analysis, peppered with some delicious insider gossip. In the book, Robinson vividly conveys what it feels like to be required to offer instant political commentary to a mass audience on the great events of the day. He describes himself as ‘an adrenalin junkie, addicted to those moments when your pulse races, your throat goes dry and you have to take a deep breath and try to convey the drama while retaining your judgement.’

Robinson examines at length ‘the long and rocky forced marriage between politicians and broadcasters’. The strains in that relationship are seen in particularly sharp focus when the nation’s future is at stake when accurate and truthful reporting is likely to collide with what the politicians see as the national interest. There is what Robinson calls a ‘gulf in perspectives’, and many prime ministers have resented what they have seen as disloyalty, even treachery, when broadcasters (especially BBC broadcasters) have refused to take the government’s side.

I thought that the most interesting parts of the book dealt with the efforts made by politicians in the past 50 years to turn radio and television to their advantage. For those who are at ease in front of a camera or a microphone and who can cultivate an appealing political image – and Robinson cites Maggie Thatcher as being ‘prepared to be repackaged, rebranded and sold like a soap powder’ – the rewards of course are immense. But with the passing of the ‘age of deference’, the game has changed: political interviewing has evolved from ‘tame inquiry to fearsome interrogation’ and even the cosiest relations can quickly turn sour. The bitter ending of the love affairs between the media and both Maggie Thatcher and Tony Blair dramatically illustrate this point. Blair came in the end to see the media as ‘like a feral beast, just tearing people and reputations to bits’.

‘Every prime minister’, Robinson sagely notes, ‘has had cause to despair of the media’.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into the relationship between politicians and those reporting on them, 7 Feb 2014
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Nick Robinson is a highly respected journalist who comments clearly on what he sees and is not afraid to speak his mind about those on whom he has reported over the years. Nor does he claim to be either expert or totally impartial. He simply tells us in clear prose how he goes about his job, the problems he has faced and how he seeks the truth. It is an excellent read and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in the relationship between politicians and the media.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nick, 6 Feb 2014
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Like Robert Preston Nick is a fantastic TV reporter and this book could not fail to please. Essential reading for anyone interested in Polotics
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the scenes at Downing Street?, 12 Jan 2014
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Nick Robinson has a certain style of frankness and cynicism. As you read the voice of the author comes through. Good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent insiders view of politics - well worth reading for the insights, 10 Jan 2014
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This is the autobiography of a well-known face on our TV screens giving his take on the political figures of the last 50 years or so - particularly the Thatcher and Blair governments. He explains the system whereby we get news of what is going on in the government - which has changed considerably during the last century. It makes clear how secretive the government was and could be until it slowly had to open up with the advent of first radio and then TV. If you have any interest in the politics of recent governments - of the real stories of what went on - then this is the book for you. Nick Robinson is very intelligent - probably worryingly so from the point of view of a politician!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live from Downing Street, 9 Jan 2014
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I am enjoying this bikini although it has taken me some time to plough through the historical side which I enjoy.
A good insight
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