I followed the election earlier this year closely but missed this interview at the time (Nick Clegg interviewed by Eddie Mair). The interview was broadcast on the PM programme on BBC Radio 4, it lasts just over five minutes and the part that I found particularly interesting is at the very start. Nick Clegg must have been expecting the regular questions on the economy, the NHS etc, when he was completely thrown by the first question.
To be fair to Nick Clegg, it’s a question right out of ‘left field’ and one for which he was clearly unprepared. It is also a difficult question for a politician, since he is hoping to attract voters of all faiths and those with no faith; he could hardly say “I think its rubbish”. Yet it is still surprising to see a man who did so well in the media during the election, completely floored by what is after all a simple question.
So many people go through life and never really get to grips with life’s biggest questions. We are embroiled in everyday struggles and never really reflect on the things that matter. I will be praying for Nick Clegg in the next few days, praying that he will consider the most important issue of all and perhaps we should be praying for others like him, people that we know and meet every day.
“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)