Obituary: John Cole
With his serious style, Cole won the respect of the politicians he interviewed – without ever revealing his own beliefs
JOHN Cole, the BBC's former political editor, who died on Thursday, aged 85, set the political agenda during the Thatcher years, when his mangled Ulster accent, square glasses and unfashionable herringbone coat made him an instantly recognisable figure on television screens.
The sight of Cole outside No 10 or on College Green outside the Houses of Parliament was a guarantee of compelling and incisive analysis.
Honourable, hard-working and well-informed, he aimed to provide "politics for grown-ups", and he had an enviable knack of exuding authority without being pompous or obscure.