Nick Clegg is to appear in his own weekly radio slot on London station LBC 97.3. But listeners hoping to hear the Deputy PM spinning a selection of tracks on the wheels of steel (or whatever it is they have these days) will be disappointed – Clegg will instead be taking questions from members of the public about “the big decisions being made in Downing Street”.
Each Thursday between 9am and 9:30am (starting this week on 10 January), the show – Call Clegg – will see the Lib Dem leader go head-to-head with notoriously outspoken host Nick Ferrari and the British people as listeners put their questions to him live via phone, email and text.
The Deputy Prime Minister said the move was all about staying in touch with the people (without going on I’m a Celebrity like some politicians we could mention).
“I’m doing this because I don’t think politicians get to hear enough from people directly,” said Clegg. “You can’t do the right thing in Government unless you keep in touch with how people are thinking and feeling.”
And how does he feel about facing the opposition each week? “Nick Ferrari is known as the interviewer that all politicians fear,” said Clegg. “He can be very tough but he’s generally fair, very well informed and I hope we’ll make a good combination for the show we’re doing together.”
Call Clegg is the first time a senior member of Government has agreed to face radio listeners’ questions on a weekly basis.