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Robin Lustig

Journalist and broadcaster

Former presenter of The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 and Newshour on BBC World Service

The Dead Parrot Of Downing Street

Theresa May's government is finished. It is no more, it has ceased to be. It has expired and gone to meet its maker. It has, in the immortal words of the <em>Monty Python</em> dead parrot sketch, kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible
10/11/2017 17:25 GMT

Hey Guys, It's Really Not Complicated

I'm a man, and I'm not confused. (Nor am I a paragon of virtue, but we'll come to that later.) So, in an attempt to be helpful to my fellow males, and to even up the balance a bit after a deluge of articles about 'what women should do about sexual abuse in the workplace', here are my thoughts about what men should do instead.
20/10/2017 16:16 BST

The White House Babbler

The US secretary of state Rex Tillerson is reported to have called Trump 'a (expletive deleted) moron' after a meeting in which the president apparently suggested that the US should increase its nuclear arsenal ten-fold. So in future, when Tillerson seeks to reassure nervous allies abroad, I suggest he simply tells them that the Babbler-in-Chief is babbling again, and they should take no notice.
13/10/2017 14:28 BST

Oh, Theresa May...

If she hangs on, it'll be for one reason and one reason alone. Her party can't think of anyone who they'd prefer. I suspect Jeremy Corbyn is smiling contentedly as he does some gentle digging in his allotment.
06/10/2017 11:49 BST

How Jeremy Corbyn Moved The Centre Ground

Perhaps his greatest achievement in Brighton was to hide the deep Brexit divide that threatens Labour every bit as much as it threatens the Tories. But he also, shamefully, continued to ignore the existence of the ugly underbelly of the Corbynista bandwagon -- the misogynistic, and sometimes anti-Semitic, bullying that is too often targeted at anyone regarded as not sufficiently loyal to the cause.
29/09/2017 14:15 BST

A Scandal At The Heart Of Westminster

Doesn't it make you sick when benefits scroungers milk the system for all they're worth, pocketing tens of thousands of pounds each when schools, hospitals, police and fire services are hit with year after year of budget cuts? Thank goodness people like that are kept far away from the levers of political power - just imagine how they'd move heaven and earth to protect their privileges if they were given half a chance. Except, of course, that they are in fact slap bang at the centre of political power
22/09/2017 13:50 BST

The Nobel Prize - And The Flaws Of Aung San Suu Kyi

Are Nobel Peace Prize winners living saints? Probably not, or at least not all of them, given that among their number they count Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of state who won the prize in 1973, jointly with Le Duc Tho of North Vietnam.
15/09/2017 15:57 BST

How Politics Has Become A Reality TV Freak Show

A political world in which clowns like Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg can be seriously spoken of as potential prime ministers is a world in which the nursery is mistaken for the university library. Any day now, I expect Liam Fox to throw his toys out of his playpen. It'll probably be entertaining, if nothing else.
08/09/2017 16:29 BST

The Trump White House: No Fandango! Fake News!

Do I sound as if I'm laughing? If so, I apologise. It is the terrified laughter you hear when a prisoner is blindfolded and led out of his cell with his hands tied behind his back. 'Hey. Are we going for a walk? Great!'
28/07/2017 14:07 BST