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In the Panorama Interviews, I will have just under half an hour to ask the prime minister and his opponents on the days to come, the questions which I hope are the ones you would want to ask, given the chance.

We won’t, of course, be able to cover everything and you may irritated by what’s left unasked or unsaid.

But, I guarantee the politicians won’t know the questions before I ask them, and what you see will be everything that was said. In a studio over half an hour with no autocue or mobile phone or notes from advisers, there will be no hiding place.

That’s one reason I admire Rishi Sunak, Sir Keir Starmer, Sir Ed Davey, John Swinney, Nigel Farage, Adrian Ramsay and Rhun ap Iorwerth for agreeing to take part – and they have, even though we haven’t yet got dates for all of them.

There are plenty of leaders in plenty of countries who wouldn’t take the risk of saying the wrong thing in the wrong way at a time when a slip can cost votes and, ultimately, the chance of power. I don’t just mean leaders like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping who run Russia and China, who don’t have to worry what voters think as their countries aren’t democracies.

I also mean leaders like Boris Johnson who refused to face interviewer Andrew Neil at the last general election.

Watch The Panorama Interviews with me, Nick Robinson, starting on Monday 10 June at 8pm on BBC One and iPlayer.

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