Lord Ashdown

Labour has forgotten the people the party is meant to serve

13 May 2015 10:43

The great Robert Harris has defended the pollsters who got the recent elections so wrong by quoting Cicero on the…

Lord Ashdown: Get out of Afghanistan quickly

16 November 2012 9:56

The headline on Lord Ashdown’s piece on Afghanistan in today’s Times (£) will please Lib Dem strategists. ‘This awful mistake…

The day of the Lib Dem’s greatest ever triumph

13 June 2011 9:11

Or so they will try to claim. For today is the day when Steve Field, the GP doing the listening…

Stop Gordon Brown

24 May 2011 9:05

Gordon Brown’s friends have launched a shameless effort to compel the government into nominating him for the IMF post. The…

There are more attacks on Clegg to come

19 April 2011 13:45

As the chances of AV passing diminish, the Lib Dems are complaining with increasing volume about just how directly Nick…

The heir and the spare

17 April 2011 10:18

Nick Clegg has announced a review into male primogeniture, but subscribers to The Spectator will – as so often – be…

Clegg’s new direction?

28 March 2011 14:12

Perhaps the most interesting political story of the weekend was Nick Clegg’s political mentor, Paddy Ashdown rejecting the idea that…

Liberal hawks

10 March 2011 18:08

From the moment David Cameron started agitating for a no fly-zone, he’s been looking for allies. France and Denmark look…

Ashdown goes Fox-hunting

22 February 2011 18:07

There’s a quite remarkable op-ed by Paddy Ashdown in The Times (£) today which goes public with a lot of…

Call in a bulldozer for growth

25 January 2011 14:02

As the coalition considers how to develop a growth strategy, it would do well to call in Paddy Ashdown and…

Whither the Lib Dems?

21 September 2010 20:39

A striking aspect of the Liberal Democrat conference is how discussion of cooperation with Labour takes place in public while…

Clegg’s Liberal Moment

20 September 2010 9:10

Last year, Nick Clegg told the party faithful that Britain was about to embark on a ‘Liberal Moment’. He gave…

Lord Ashdown’s the right man for the Balkans

6 June 2010 11:49

Last week, Europe’s foreign ministers gathered in Sarajevo under much fanfare – and did very little except issue a repetitive…

The new power broker

12 May 2010 12:31

Ed Llewellyn, David Cameron’s chief of staff, is going to be one of the most influential people in Downing Street…

The Lib Dem big hitters pushing Clegg towards Labour

11 May 2010 9:22

Today’s papers have the lowdown on the events of the past few days, and one thing is becoming increasingly clear:…

A long day’s journey into night

9 May 2010 12:17

Sky News are reporting that Brown is to hold a meeting with Cabinet ministers tonight. Lord Ashdown made it pretty…

Swords around a throne

9 May 2010 11:47

The Sunday Times reports that the Cabinet is suggesting to Gordon Brown that he resign as Prime Minister, and that…

The ex-factor

25 April 2010 12:32

One of the interesting features of this election campaign is the near-absence of ex-leaders in national election roles. Tony Blair…

A Cameron-Clegg government

22 February 2010 15:02

With even Michael Portillo predicting a hung parliament, what would Britain’s post-election government actually look like if the Tories did…

Kabul needs a big UN beast

26 January 2010 11:27

The London Afghanistan conference is meant to appoint a civilian NATO coordinator to help align the counter-insurgency effort. The well-respected…

Fifth columnists

5 November 2009 9:02

The Afghan police were supposed to be layabout drug addicts and petty crooks, but that the force has been infiltrated…