BBC Radio 2 Moment of Reflection

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This is the text of my BBC Radio 2 ‘Moment of Reflection’ broadcast on 8 October 2017




The annual season of party political conferences has just ended
And I find myself thinking:
Political parties are a bit like religions.
There are
Strongly held beliefs.
Internal divisions.
Conflicts with those of other faiths.

But both of them – political parties and religions –are fuelled by idealism
– a wish to make life better for everyone.

People who are into religion and spirituality however
Don’t need power.
We influence through personal behaviour,
through modelling
how to live in a way
That serves and cares for others.

We are, I suggest, inspired by a personal connection
With life’s wonder, goodness and beauty –
By whatever name we call it.
And we are inspired too by a knowing that the purpose of human life
Is not
material success and status.
But we are all of us on a journey
and wisdom.

So I have a prayer
May our politicians– here and across the world –
be inspired by those same high ideals.




You can listen to the audio of this here on the BBC website:

If you want to listen to the whole interview that precedes the reflection, you can listen to it here on the BBC website. My interview starts at 7:40am

By | 2019-10-06T22:05:01+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Opinion - Activism, Spirituality|6 Comments


  1. Tripuri Dunne October 10, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Really enjoyed William’s reflection….so true so apparently simple but there are times when we are all tested being within a spiritual community without a set belief system is very liberating.

  2. Denise Stoneham October 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    So heartfelt ?
    I wish this for myself and others, love, compassion and wisdom. A short pause to see how ones heart feels before going forward with words or deeds is a way to be.
    I attempt to follow this way of being .

  3. Sandra Low October 10, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Beautifully said, William. Such a simple concept but it’s a lifetimes work! This is our evolution. ((x))

  4. Julie Roberts October 11, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

    What a wonderful interview and reflection…totally inclusive and lovingly presented … you will have touched many people xxx

  5. Ann Yeomans October 11, 2017 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Loved the whole of your broadcast William. some deep and wonderful questions and respectful, loving and compassionate answers. A great medium for your message, with much love to you from Iona. XX

  6. Dana October 12, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply


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