May 19th, 2010

Taxi for Nick Robinson

Despite a shaky start to the year, the BBC‘s Nick Robinson didn’t cock-up during the election like some were expecting him to do. The fact that both Labour and Tory activists were complaining about his bias towards the other probably means he was pretty even-handed. Either way his future as Political Editor is being widely speculated upon, with some suggesting that he will be heading to Newsnight or the Today program. Which leaves a very coveted role up for grabs.

Four names see to be doing the rounds already. Mandrake tips ITV‘s Tom “Gordon’s weird” Bradby, though he would have a fight on his hands against the BBC‘s feisty Laura Kuenssberg who has won over many a fan in the last few months. Jon Sopel also had a very good election. Getting out from behind the news desk on the Campaign Show was key and he does a solid interview. Other wild card contenders with a shot have to be C4‘s Cathy Newman, though as with Adam Boulton at Sky, she is arguably too associated with the C4 News brand.

The jump from reporting up to broader analysis and comment would traditionally have been done on experience, but this race is wide open. The knives are being sharpened behind Robinson’s back. As he once said – that’ll teach him…


  1. 1

    He’s alright really!


    • 113
      Peter Grimes says:

      He had to be on his best behaviour. The GE was the focus of most people’s attention. For all but 4 weeks of a Parliamentary term Toenails reads his N010 scripts like the other dumb clucks read their autoscrips, and is followed in his inanities only be people such as those here who can see and appreciate the lies he is peddling on behalf of Al JaBeeBa. Al JaBeeBa needed to look (relatively) impartial whilst the eyes of the world were on the UK.


      • 121
        steam cleaner says:

        He’s gonna need a good hose down after vacating Brown’s rectum.


        • 143
          Javelin says:

          I’ve heard the BBC have a job lined up for him reporting politics in the Shetland Islands.


      • 145
        Ampers says:

        Surely the Tory activists were right, and the labour activists complained because he didn’t lean enough to the left, rather than being impartial?


  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Laura, please.


  3. 3
    Peter Grimes says:

    Will the knives be able to inflict any damage on the only visible bit of him, his toenails?


  4. 5

    Good job on the box during the election speccy – now go to the speccy as editor, with my thanks.


  5. 6

    Andrew Neil was shit


  6. 8
    Martin Day says:

    Balls plays “down to earth” card – I’m from Norwich, I grew up down the road, I’m a Yorkshire MP. David Miliband has travelled the world… I think that Guido Fawkes is a shit…


  7. 9
    Penfold says:

    Now that we have a rightist, just, government there is no need for a politics editor or reporter.
    So Robinson and all the others can sod orff, a replacement not necessary.
    The BBC has been shown to be inherently biased, so will therefore have no future need to involve itself in politics which can be safely left in the hands of the private sector.
    Humphreys and the rest of his ilk can start to pack their bags as well.

    Good riddance


  8. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Has to be Laura K.


    • 79
      bandersnatch says:

      I think Laura K is very good too Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms Anonymous and, if you are the same Anonymous as No 1 Anonymous, it is tedious to read the shooting down in flames that you got. I think the misogyny on here gets a little samey, but I’m glad Guido doesn’t do pre-moderation, or any kind of heavy moderating come to that.

      Sopel is good. I don’t think Cathy Newman is quite top rank. Boulton has probably blotted his copybook with the Beeb. I quite like Mark Mardell, but some may think he is not nasty enough, and I see he is not mentioned by Guido. He was runner up to Toenails last time and he was packed off first to Europe and then on to the States. Another one I like even more is the guy who currently fronts ‘Americana’ on the World Service, and is on BBC TV too in the small hours… Has a German name… Is he Adam something?… Senior moment… I’ve forgotten it… Help me out anyone?


  9. 12
    Cynic says:


    Are you ruling yourself out? That would twist Auntie’s bloomers!


  10. 14
    mongoose says:

    “his future as Political Editor is being widely questioned”
    I hope not, he’s just fine where he is.


  11. 17
    Cleopatra the Cat says:

    The trouble is that just as Robinson has been lightweight and “accessible”, the next replacement will probably be the same, too quick to parrot the lobby line and to breathlessly report guff. I’d pick Radio 4’s Norman Smith


    • 109
      Peter Grimes says:

      Nah, Evan Davis for my vote. After all, now that Snotty McDoom has left N010 and Toenails is on the move we have to have one camp, bald, be-Alberted gay in Downing Street. Don’t we?


  12. 19
    Milliband brothers love a good teabagging says:

    Guido, you need to stick you name in the hat for this one…backed up by nomates and tory bear. Would make the news even better than other quality BBC content like total wipeout re-runs…


    • 29
      Anonymous says:

      Yes, where is Emily? Disappeared since the election. Can’t you let her back out of the cupboard?


    • 103
      A Guest says:

      I think our host is better off where he is – rather than standing daily freezing his balls off outside 10DS


  13. 22
    Anonymous says:

    Please not Laura, or big bird as someone in the office has named her.

    She’s awful in the extreme – opinionated and likes the sound of her own voice: often at the detriment of the actual political coverage.


  14. 23

    BAN THE BEEB – I want my money back.


  15. 28
    Nick was right. It did stick. says:


  16. 31
    bergen says:

    After Marr left the post,he appeared on the box more than ever.I vote that Toenails is sent to Today in place of Naughtie.

    Probably the BBC will find some one-legged black moslem lesbian to appoint.

    No-one has ever equalled John Cole.


  17. 32
    David Cameron says:

    A black guy walks into a bar in Africa with a parrot on his shoulder, the barman says “Where did ya get that?”

    The parrot replies “England, there’s fucking millions of them there”


  18. 33
    Animal says:

    Bradby and Newman stood out in the coverage – Bradby for showing a bit of spine and Newman for the sheer audacity in showing up politicians telling porkies. I imagine Laura will be in the front running though.


    • 92
      South of the M4 says:

      Yep, its the BBC. It will be Laura. But, as bergen above states, they will give her a deep tan, a girlfriend and kick her in the leg.


  19. 34

    Left wing hacks complaining about Nick was most likely Labour black ops at work.


  20. 38
    progressive liberal concensus = fascism says:

    Robinsons admission that he kept valid news stories from the BBC Tax Payers in order to keep his lobby pass has done for him.

    Toadying up to the likes of McBride & keeping sthum about his tactics on behalf of Gordon was unforgiveable for a journalist.

    But Robinson has always been a media elite public servant to the great & good before his duty towards journalism.

    Newsnight is what he deserves – the death knell for any journo’s career these days.


    • 80
      Peter Grimes says:

      I never knew that Toenails was a journalist. I thought that he was paid for by ZaNuLieBor, a politician working in the N010 bunker.

      Well fancy that!


  21. 41
    BBC biased - it's what we do says:

    WTF is going on? BBC News 24 is wall-to-wall Balls.

    They lost FFS. How about interviews with some people actually in government.


    • 51
      Hoonsberg says:

      Laura on now. Woo hoo!


    • 105
      QWERTY says:

      Men at the BBC love big fat balls I hear.


    • 118
      Phil says:

      Funny you should say that we have had virtually every other BBC news slot talking about Labour’s leadership election.
      They lost badly, overspent to the tune of a trillion give or take and left us to pick up the bill.
      The BBC should get real – If we never hear another word about the Labour Party we really dont give a flying fxxx. Its starting to sound and look like the beeb is taking the piss when all we seem to get are discussions about the relative merits of the same second rate has beens who had not got the guts to put brown out of our misery when they repeatedly had the chance.


      • 124
        QWERTY says:

        Notice how the BBC have killed any story about the suicidal spending from Liebour scum like Mandelmong and his fellow bummers.

        Anyone would think listening to the BBC that last 13 years of incompetence hadn’t happened.


  22. 42
    A very professional journalist from the BBC. says:

    Cathy Newman please. She is an excellent journalist.


  23. 43

    I’m off to watch the telly this is b-o-r-i-n-g


  24. 45

    I could do that job. Piece of piss.


    • 54
      Mr Ned says:

      True enough, there is not much to reading out labour party press releases is there?

      What else does he actually do?


  25. 49
    TrustyShield says:

    Auntie Beeb to cut her toenails – what joy

    Sopel would be good


  26. 55
    Thick As Thieves says:

    Shares hit by David Cameron bad taste jokes

    Shares in Europe and Asia fall after Prime Minister David Cameron cracked an awful joke which sparked off selling of some financial products – spooking markets.


  27. 57
    Jack says:

    Must be Tom Bradby

    Anyone who can say “Gordon’s weird” gets my vote

    It was so fooking obvious but remember when Guido was the only one saying it ??

    Go TOM – we like you…

    The others are either partial or Hampsteads (or both)

    We have had enough of them…


  28. 59

    Oh, before I go – anybody seen the dead baby cameron poster?


  29. 61
    Lizzie says:

    There is possibly going to be a “slash and burn” policy at the Beeb under the new government under the auspices of “cutting government waste”.


  30. 63
    MI5 says:

    And when are all the BBC salaries going to be cut by 50% ??

    BBS correspondents are grossly overpaid for being parrots of their masters

    They never uttered a word about the lying, smearing, corrpution etc of Nu Labour



    (No more taxis -take public transport like the rest of us FFS)



    • 88
      Anonymous says:

      Close the ‘cking disgraceful shambles down altogether


      • 106
        The Admiral says:

        So we can have ads wall to wall with the odd bit of news?…


        • 114
          VGER says:

          Maybe it would be more cost-effective for political parties to sponsor newsreaders directly, or to allow paid-for political advertising, rather than to maintain a façade of impartiality or ‘balance over time’ as is the case at present.


          • Peter Grimes says:

            Does that ‘balance’ mean that the TorLibs now get 13 years of lies in their favour out of Al JaBeeBa however long their fixed-term lasts?


  31. 64
    R.A.D.I.O. Fodder says:

    Get rid of fuckwit Peston too. Waste of space and highly irritating voice.

    Carol Vorderman can do big numbers better and used to have a nice set of vowels.


    • 78
      The Court of Public Opinion says:

      Peston – I know what you mean, almost like a poor mans paxman, or more to the point like when rory bremner takes the piss with a paxman impression, yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessss.

      Robinson was called toenails because he was so far up liebours ass that’s all you could see, with peston its his own rear end that gets the disappearing act.


      • 100
        QWERTY says:

        I can’t see Peston getting any more Downing Street exclusives, so his career is over, the Tories won’t trust that twat, nor Mark Easton who is another Liebour stooge who used to just spout Brown tractor stats as facts.


  32. 67
    Zed says:

    Laura Kuenssberg she won’t show bias will she?!!!!!!

    “I didn’t spend all my life hating the Tories……….

    She makes me SICK!


  33. 68
    I agree with Nick says:

    Is this promotion, demotion or a sideways move?


  34. 72

    No votes for big man Pienaar?


  35. 73
    gac says:

    Anybody but Jon Sopel please. His interview with David Cameron, when he never looked at him directly once, asking his questions to the floor, was a disgrace and and insult.



    • 120
      Anonymous says:

      jon sopel, a particularly biased individual whose programmes I ceased to watch long ago.
      He fits in well with all the other ******** in the bbc. Why do we have to put up with them?


    • 130
      Unsworth says:

      Exactly. He’s a slippery little sod and entirely up himself.


  36. 75
    BBC is bias says:

    I would like it to be Cathy Newman because she is astute and she has balls. Then I think if she goes to the BBC they are going to castrate her first. .
    The rest-except Bradby who I very rarely watch so can’t comment on-are twerps.


    • 83
      Peter Grimes says:

      Not another fucking hermaphrodite!

      I thought that Moll Flanders was the only one!


  37. 77
    Lord M. says:

    Campbell – heir apparent obviously. LM.


  38. 81
    Montgomery Cheddar says:

    I thought Robinsion was leaving to resume his old role as the Naughty Bear in a new series of Bo Selecta.


  39. 82
    Rick Nobinson says:

    My salary package is just small beer.


  40. 85
    Anonymous says:

    “I don’t like it but I’ll have to go along with it.”


  41. 86
    University challenged says:

    If Robinson heads for Newsnight, would that be in replacement of The Pax?…


  42. 90

    Suspect Robinson isn’t going anywhere and this is just an excuse to have another pop at him and run another picture of Laura Kuenssberg. But if there is a change my vote would go to Cathy Newman, purely on the strength of her party conference interview with Mandelson when he claimed he had called The Sun “chumps.”


  43. 94
    QWERTY says:

    Tom Bradby has no chance. Bradby is too neutral and NOT up the arse of Nu Liebour.

    Bradby was the only hack who picked up Mandelson scum about Liebour non doms (when slagging off Ashcroft) , annoying the Lord of poofs so much they stopped the interview.

    Bradby also slagged off the one eyed mong.

    I think they will promote another Liebour loving turd either Huntsberg or even worse John Pinhead from Radio 5 who really does lick Liebour arse.


    • 128
      Ratsniffer says:

      It would be a huge shame is Bradby defected to the BBC. He is a huge star, and the word” impartial” could have been written for him. If the beeb gets its hands on him, he’ll vanish for 3 months to one of their re-education camps…and come back a fully fledged Pravda zombie.


      • 137
        hot metal says:

        Agreed. Tom Bradbury is an excellent journalist. Generally ITN’s news coverage, including during the election, is far superior to the BBC. I think the BBC news department has forgotten what proper journalism is all about.
        Laura K. is dreadful in every respect. Apart from the obvious bias and grating voice, she’s over- excitable and lacks any gravitas.


  44. 98
    Posh Ed says:

    Laura Kuenssberg is moronic. Her reports are a predictable fodder of sub articulate political cliches. What passes for analysis amounts to little more than recycling the conventional wisdom that could be garnered from the nearest pub.

    If they want a woman than Martha Carney is several levels better. For some reason the Beeb take this appointment too seriously and they mess it up. They just need to pick the most competent of the internal field (pienaar, langdale) or if they want a personality then Michael Crick


    • 119
      Prince Rupert says:

      I also think Laura has an exceptionally irritating voice and looks like she’s been hit in the face with the ugly stick. She is also a Jock, and I think we’ve had enough of the Scots, and their f……g silly accents. Bradbury is a decent public school boy and can at leats pronounce his words proper like


    • 138
      Bath plugs for the many, not the few says:

      Do you mean Martha Kearney?

      She may be better, but not much. her interviewing is painful: doesn’t listen to the answers, constantly straining to get the next question in.


      • 146
        Saved Dave says:

        Yes you are right, no attempt to listen to answers, or even understand the questions she is given to ask. Emily Maitlis is as bad or worse, stifling any interesting discussion with streams of silly interjections. Both women seem desparate to protect Liebour spokesmen to the death and seem oblivious to the damage they are doing to whatever respect they may have commanded in the past. Last night one of Emily’s masterly contributions was that Cameron had “screwed up” dealings with the 1922 Committee – such insight and penetrating description – how does she do it!


  45. 110
    gringo says:

    Astonishing stuff – Robinson’s a Tory and always has been! He was even in the bloody Bullingdon club….tell you what, before he’s 50, he’ll do a Bradshaw and leave the media and become an MP. But not on Ben’s side. Maybe then you’d believe it.


    • 123
      QWERTY says:

      Nonsense, he may have been a Tory in the distant past but when the BBC call his TOENAILS for creeping up Liebour’s arse you know it’s bad!


  46. 111
    MediaMogul says:

    maybe there should be an election?

    whoever gets the job is paid by us – and remains totally unaccountable – maybe they should go head to head debate style and the public votes for them via a phone call where you get your licence fee back if you win!


  47. 112
    Unsworth says:

    Stephanie Flanders?


  48. 117
    Anonymous says:

    If the bbc gets their hands on Tom Bradby they make him conform to their agenda, then where will we go for objective political reporting?


  49. 125
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Katie Razzall. Whatever Katie Razzall does is right. She can do no wrong.


  50. 126
    New Labour is dead! says:

    Laura Kuenssberg


  51. 127
    Anonymous says:

    laura moonsberg looks like the predator


  52. 133
    James 42 says:

    Robinson made the quote of the year prior to Alistair Darling’s last budget. When predicting a particular budget outcome from, I assume, some insider information he had acquired, he said “it’s just a rumour but the rumour may be confirmed.” Did he mean it would be confirmed that it was just a rumour?
    (he can always start a new career as a Sergeant Bilko look alike).

    Laura appears to be extremely competent, but she likes to hear herself talk, but she is not more important than the politicians whose messages she frequently talks over.

    I agree with some posters that Peston is a pest, with his affected style of speaking. I am surprised the BBC tolerate him on the news as he slows the whole process down.


  53. 134
    Spam Javelin says:

    Sopel got a squeaky voice, which rises when he gets excited, plus he’s just a bit dull and has Action Man hair. Kuenssberg comes over like a pushy student union sabbatical officer, keep expecting her to start banging on about grants and shit, and she just reports. Now, La Newman is a real story-getter, but not really suited to the on-air essay which the pol ed job demands these days. Got to be Bradby out of that bunch. Big enough ego to do it and always good to make the Beeboids work with someone from outside. Personally, I’d like Gary “The Funky” Gibbon.


  54. 135
    Christy says:

    Kuunswoman is jockanese battle of culloden and all that.
    What really pisses me off is why we are having a debate over presenters who all of them should present politics on a basis of without fear or favour,but vested interests come into play and as a conseqence fair play bites the dust,their political masters should be ashamed of themselves.


  55. 144

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