Lord Ashdown is a British politician and diplomat, currently Chair of the Liberal Democrats 2015 General Election Team
Collected Poems by John Donne, book of a lifetime: The "greatest poet" still takes Paddy Ashdown's breath away
29 May 2014 06:00 PM
Since the age of 16, I have had a copy of the complete poems of John Donne somewhere close at hand. For me, that was a watershed year. I had not been a good student – at best strugglingly average, to the despair of my father. In truth the classroom interested me far less at this age than the rugby pitch, the athletics field and the girls at the local Bedford high school.
25 May 2014 09:51 PM
“I bring you nought for your comfort,
Yea, nought for your desire.
Save that the sky grows darker yet
And the sea rises higher.”
I suspect that many Lib Dems waking on Monday morning will identify with King Alfred’s speech to his ragged army in G.K Chesterton’s epic “The Ballad of the White Horse”.
25 May 2014 08:00 PM
We have a proud record of achievement to take to the electorate at the next general election
05 December 2012 02:47 PM
Amid the political horse trading, politicians ignore climate change at their peril
06 December 2011 12:00 AM
It is not just the regulatory benefits that are clear. The money raised could be used to help millions of children
25 February 1999 12:02 AM
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17 November 1998 12:02 AM
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter
NUT strike: David Cameron announces crackdown on strike action ahead of mass industrial action
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