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

Entries by Robin Lustig

Let's Debate the EU - Without the Politicians

(8) Comments | Posted 28 May 2016 | (00:00)

Don't you think it would be a good idea to ban all our wretched politicians from the EU referendum debate? It's far too important to be left to them, so I suggest we lock them in a cupboard and keep them there until after 23 June.

Alas, no chance. But...

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Has the EU Really Saved Europe From War?

(26) Comments | Posted 21 May 2016 | (00:00)

Which pro-EU fanatic do you think said this? 'Brexit is a dangerous gamble which could trigger a gradual disentanglement of the EU and jeopardise the peace and stability created following the end of the second world war.'

Clearly, it was someone who has never heard of NATO. Except it wasn't....

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BBC White Paper: Too Soon to Celebrate

(4) Comments | Posted 13 May 2016 | (09:24)

If you have been busy campaigning to save the BBC from its enemies, well done. If you wrote to your MP, signed a petition, or contributed to the government's consultation exercise (which 192,564 of you did, apparently), you did not labour in vain.

Job done? Fraid not. Get out...

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On Democracy and Demagogues

(1) Comments | Posted 7 May 2016 | (00:00)

Let us lift our heads from England's town halls. Let us ignore the governments of Scotland, Wales, and northern Ireland. And let us even, if we can, pay no attention at all to the next mayor of London, one of the greatest cities in the world.

Instead, let us contemplate...

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Why So Many Sad Farewells?

(6) Comments | Posted 23 April 2016 | (00:00)

Can someone please ask the Grim Reaper to take a break? Go and lie down somewhere, go on holiday, anything - just stop scything away at much-loved artists who have brought joy to millions.

Thursday, the shocking news was the death of Prince, the day before it was Victoria Wood,...

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Why the Whittingdale Storm Makes No Sense

(2) Comments | Posted 16 April 2016 | (00:00)

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, I was the news editor of a national newspaper. Every day, I took decisions about which stories we should be covering, and which ones we wouldn't bother with.

Some stories were important but boring; others were of no lasting significance but...

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Rich Man, Poor Man...

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2016 | (18:45)

I'm going to have to do a bit of tip-toeing here, because I can't afford expensive lawyers. So I'll leave you to join up the dots.

Fact 1: House prices in London rose by 13.5% over the past year, bringing the average price to £530,368.

Fact 2: Off-shore companies associated...

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Cameron: Not a Man of Steel

(4) Comments | Posted 2 April 2016 | (00:00)

Guess who has been trying to reduce the dumping of cheap Chinese steel into the EU. Answer: the European Commission.

And guess who vetoed the Commission's proposals. Answer: the British government.

Or, if you prefer: guess who has been the biggest EU cheerleader for China to be granted 'market economy...

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This Shoddy, Shabby Budget

(1) Comments | Posted 18 March 2016 | (23:00)

Did I miss something? Or is George Osborne already prime minister?

Because if he isn't, why did he announce on Wednesday that he intends to turn all schools in England into academies by 2020? Is 'setting schools free from local education bureaucracy' (otherwise known as denying them local...

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Refugees: There Is a Better Way

(9) Comments | Posted 11 March 2016 | (23:00)

Turkey is holding the EU to ransom. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan knows that Europe's leaders will do almost anything to stop more refugees arriving on their shores - so he is demanding a sky-high price for his (apparent) cooperation.

It is not a pretty sight, nor is the virtual capitulation...

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We Live in the Age of the Ignorant

(4) Comments | Posted 4 March 2016 | (23:00)

This is not a good time to be in the punditry business. It's as well to recognise the fact: none of us has a clue what's going on.

Donald Trump? How did that happen?

Europe's unprecedented migration crisis? Who saw that coming?

And of course no one, apart from Samantha,...

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Savile: How Could the BBC Not Have Known?

(16) Comments | Posted 25 February 2016 | (23:00)

The conclusions of the BBC's review into sex abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall are devastating. They are appalling, shaming, choose your own string of adjectives.

Everyone at the BBC who worked with the predators, or had any reason at all to suspect that they were committing...

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Thatcher's Poisonous Legacy

(10) Comments | Posted 21 February 2016 | (23:00)

I feel the need to blame someone for the EU referendum imbroglio, so I'm going to blame Margaret Thatcher. She injected a poison into the Conservative party, and it has now spread to infect the entire body politic.

The poison produces a form of hysteria whenever the words 'Europe' or...

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Syria: History's Verdict

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2016 | (07:58)

I have been granted a sneak preview of a history book due to be published in 2061. In view of the latest headlines about a 'partial cessation of hostilities' agreement in Syria, I thought you might be interested to see it, so here's an extract:

'Fifty years after the start...

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Refugees? Or Referendum?

(11) Comments | Posted 5 February 2016 | (23:00)

Ten billion dollars? That's an impressive-sounding sum of money to be spent on helping Syrian refugees - until you compare it to the $9 billion that, according to The Economist, Germans spend on chocolate every year.

Beware of big numbers. Yesterday's London donor conference on Syria made...

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Nudes and Niqabs: Drawing the Line

(46) Comments | Posted 29 January 2016 | (23:00)

So, President Rouhani of Iran, how did you like those big white boxes they showed you on your visit this week to Rome's Capitoline Museum?

You knew, of course, that they had been put there to spare your blushes, to hide the - gasp! - nude statues on display....

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Cameron on Muslim Women: Shoddy and Shameful

(35) Comments | Posted 22 January 2016 | (23:00)

Compare and contrast:

"If you're not able to speak English, you're not able to integrate. You may find, therefore, that you have challenges understanding what your identity is and you could be more susceptible to the extremist message that comes from Daesh." - David Cameron, speaking on the

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In Defence of Liberalism

(5) Comments | Posted 15 January 2016 | (23:00)

This is not an easy time to be a liberal. A belief in freedom and equality for all is being sorely tested by those who are only too happy to abuse the freedoms that are available in a liberal society.

Some abuse those freedoms so that they can organise mass...

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2015: A Year of Terror

(4) Comments | Posted 20 December 2015 | (23:00)

How quickly we forget. Just a year ago, 132 children in Pakistan were killed in an attack by jihadi gunmen on a school in Peshawar. We recoiled in horror - and then we moved on.

Just as we did after the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket attacks in Paris last...

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People Together: Against Fear and Bigotry

(5) Comments | Posted 11 December 2015 | (23:00)

It is time to take a stand.

Against bigotry. Against fear. Against lies.

It is time to take a stand against those who seek to divide us and turn us against our neighbours. And to stand up to those who seek to terrorise us into submission.

From the moment when...

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