Category Archives: Paddy Ashdown

Book Review: The Cruel Victory: The French Resistance, D-Day and the Battle for Vercors 1944 by Paddy Ashdown

It is not like me to read books about wars and battles, but after being so moved and angered by Paddy Ashdown’s excellent portrayal of the inaugural mission of the Special Boat Service, A Brilliant Little Operation, I knew that I had … Continue reading

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Syria: what do Liberal Democrats want?

Last night Liberal Democrat Voice brought you Nick Clegg’s view on Syria, which can be summarised as follows: if we stand idly by we set a very dangerous precedent the use of chemical weapons is a repugnant crime we will not … Continue reading

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Letter from the Leader: Lib Dems protected young people and larger families from Tories’ welfare cuts

Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader sensibly flags up the speech he made this week to mark his five years as leader, giving people the chance to watch it on video. He emphasises the role the Liberal Democrats played in … Continue reading

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But what about Afghanistan’s girls, Paddy?

Paddy Ashdown has called for British troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan “quick, neat and soon”. It’s hard to argue with him about the catalogue of political and international failure to provide the sort of support that could have made … Continue reading

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Conference: the good, the bad and the ugly

Now that I’ve had some sleep and recovered from the fun of Federal Conference in Brighton, I thought I’d share with you some of the highs and lows of a thoroughly enjoyable five days. The Good When Shami beat Paddy:  You … Continue reading

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Paddy Ashdown talks about his new book "A brilliant little operation"

I had to stifle a giggle as Paddy Ashdown strode on to the stage at the Edinburgh Book Festival and said: What are you lot doing here at ten in the morning? There was a certain irony at this coming from … Continue reading

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Paddy Ashdown: Why the world will never be the same again

Last week, Paddy Ashdown came to the Edinburgh Book Festival. He filled the main theatre twice over with two very different talks. The first, Why the world will never be the same again, was chaired by the Today Programme’s James … Continue reading

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Lords Reform dropped? Sulk a bit, then carry on…

So, if the Guardian is to be be believed, David Cameron is about to drop Lords Reform because there is no way to get it past the right wingers in his party who all stood for election in a manifesto … Continue reading

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Nick could learn from Barack’s State of the Union preparation

I spent some time yesterday evening geeking out on the White House website in advance of tonight’s State of the Union address. This is the annual prestige occasion when the US President addresses both houses of Congress on where the … Continue reading

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Why are Paddy and other Lib Dem Peers picking this Welfare Reform fight?

So, Liberal Democrat peers are preparing to stage a second major rebellion on the Welfare Reform Bill. The first, before Christmas, helped to defeat the Government’s plans to cut Housing Benefit for those in houses with one spare bedroom. Paddy … Continue reading

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