The art of the political interview – POLITICO

POLITICO’s Ailbhe Rea takes us into the art of political interviewing.

In a rare conversation across the mic, the Today presenter and former BBC political editor Nick Robinson opens with what goes through his mind amid a high-profile grill, politicians lie, persuading them to go on the Today show, and what happened behind the scenes when he notoriously said Boris Johnson to “stop talking”.

Rob Burley, who has plotted political interviews with the greats like Andrew Neil, Andrew Marr, Jeremy Paxman, Emily Maitlis and now Beth Rigby at Sky News, tells us how they plan a big interview, the big interviews in political history – and what Paxo was thinking when he asked Michael Howard the same question 12 times.

Former Dean Westminster Hour Caroline Quinn reveals the complex human relationships between investigators and politicians, while former Conservative communications staffer Laura Emily Dunn revealed what is happening with the politicians.

Andrea Leadsom And Rachel Sylvester each – separately – remember Leadsom’s car crash ‘motherhood’ interview during the 2016 Conservative leadership campaign, which of course prompted her to drop out of the race and left Theresa May as Prime Minister.


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