Sunday, November 18, 2018
Recommended podcast #2 - Political Thinking
Confused by politics at the moment? You might well be! (I’m posting a week after Teresa May has published her Brexit deal, with rumours of coups, votes of no confidence and imminent constitutional chaos swirling around).
Help is at hand. You should, as a good debater, be following the news regularly, to keep you aware of what is going on in the world, and the issues that events raise. The trouble with radio and TV news, though, is that everything has to be fitted into tight deadlines and tight time frames. The podcast format gives time for a longer, more considered look at the issues.
If you follow the news on the BBC, you will have seen and heard Nick Robinson. Each week, as well as broadcasting, he interviews a politician at length on the podcast Political Thinking. He goes in deep, questioning them about their backgrounds, their families, why they came into politics, what drives them on. He is sympathetic and a good listener, refusing to go in for the gladiatorial combat demanded by the Today programme format. Interestingly, this helps you to understand politicians and where they are coming from much better. You come away liking them, even when you don’t agree with them.
In a frantic, frenetic, aggressive political world, Political Thinking is a welcome oasis of calm and reflection.