Nick Clegg must have thought several of his birthdays had come at once, when he found out about
Dick Dastardly Matthew Oakshott shooting himself in the foot.
He’s now in the clear to fight another day. We see his incredible resilience yet again. I suspect this resilience is based on a remarkably straight-forward outlook on life. When you have a wonderful family, why worry too much about what is, in the final analysis, temporary flim-flam? We all exist for the temporal equivalent of the blink of a dinosaur’s eyelid in historical terms.
If Paddy told him he needed to go, he would go straight away. And he would do it smiling.
He is an incredibly resilient character. But I don’t think that resilience is based on stubborn ego. It is based on a simple acceptance of life and the desire to do some good.