Have a good memory.


If you hear an interesting fact that might not be totally relevant to the story you’re working on at that moment, make an effort to remember it because you never know when it might come in handy. Jot down things in your notepad.


Learn the lingo.

Politics is full of weird words. Take the time to learn what a “second reading” is or what a “whip” does or the job of a “select committee”. It will make you sound very smart but also make things seem less scary.


Be wary of numbers.

When you hear a statistic, start asking questions because numbers can be manipulated. For example, a politician might say “We are spending so many billion pounds on this.” OK, but over how many years? Spread over how many places and people? Is this new money or have you already promised to spend it?

Houses of Parliament in London