His focus on leftish politics and local campaigning built the party into a potent force, but left it badly exposed to the dangers of coalition with the Conservatives.
Posts Tagged: Lord Ashdown
Drawing on decades of experience and friendships from all parties, Sir David – inventor of the swingometer – founded the UK’s psephological profession.
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Consider, Hannan argues, the promises made by people like Clegg, Major and Ashdown during the last campaign.
What Parliament’s Security Committee began – and was frustrated by the Government in doing – judges must now complete.
China is disregarding its pledge of ‘one country, two systems’ – as a result the rule of law in the territory is under threat from growing autocracy.
Fairly or unfairly, the pro-EU cause is already associated with elites. The arrival of the Withdrawal Bill in the Upper House will do nothing to diminish that impression.
John Major secured more votes than any other Prime Minister in unpromising circumstances – but ‘stretching the elastic of democracy’ would cost the Party dearly.
He quotes Paddy Ashdown: “You either believe in democracy or you don’t.”
Our guide to the crop of pro-EU organisations that have formed from the ashes of the Stronger In campaign.
The energies of this unknown but highly influential figure, Cameron’s right-hand man for the last decade, are bent on the EU renegotiation.
If Paddy Ashdown hasn’t already eaten it, you can be sure he will be wearing his thinking cap and trying to revitalise ‘The Project’.
The Lib Dems’ big beasts outnumber their smaller creatures.
The Prime Minister’s success springs from a preference, new to Westminster, for Cabinet ministers who actually know about their departments.
Anti-politics – that is, politics that challenges the establishment – doesn’t have to be populist.
The former leader takes up the Lib Dems’ new ‘Blukip’ bogeyman of a Conservative/UKIP/DUP pact that would leave the country “immersed in cuts”.