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

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Why So Many Sad Farewells?

(7) 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?

(17) 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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A Day Is a Long Time ...

(2) Comments | Posted 4 December 2015 | (07:23)

What a difference 24 hours make. On Thursday morning, after an unexpectedly powerful speech from Hilary Benn, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was reeling. The look on his face as Benn was applauded - applauded! - in the Commons chamber said it all. Not a good day at the office.

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Syria: Why I Am a Reluctant Bomber

(19) Comments | Posted 27 November 2015 | (23:00)

In the interests of taste and decency, let us look away from the gruesome spectacle of the civil war that has engulfed the Labour party and concentrate instead on the far more serious conflict in Syria. So here are some questions that you might like to ask yourself (with my...

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Paris: A Few Home Truths

(28) Comments | Posted 20 November 2015 | (23:00)

Why do we insist on ignoring what stares us in the face? The suicidal fanatics who threaten to kill us in the name of their perverted brand of Islam are not refugees from Syria, or deranged zealots from the mountains of Pakistan: they are, with only very few exceptions, men...

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A Win for Sisi

(8) Comments | Posted 6 November 2015 | (23:00)

In considering the visit to London of the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, I can do no better than to quote the words of Amnesty International in its most recent report on Egypt:

"The [past] year saw a continued dramatic deterioration in human rights following the ousting of...

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