Lord Ashdown is a British politician and diplomat, currently Chair of the Liberal Democrats 2015 General Election Team
08 February 2015 08:25 PM
Putin is challenging the peace on which modern Europe was founded
11 January 2015 03:06 PM
Terrorism can’t be allowed to deflect us from the principle of individual liberty
11 September 2014 11:43 AM
We now have a chance to guarantee the UK's commitment to overseas aid
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
08 February 1999 12:02 AM
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 1 Kylie Jenner challenge: Bizarre lip suction device inspired by Kardashian sister goes viral
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 4 Bruce Forsyth backs assisted dying campaign: 'If I had Alzheimer's or dementia I would do something about it'
- 5 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'