Paddy Ashdown

Salmond Accused Of 'Literary Masturbation'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond’s account of last year’s Scottish referendum was described on Friday as “the longest exercise in literary masturbation since politi...

In a Time of Austerity, Do the UK's Children Have to Suffer?

Lord Ashdown | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK
Lord Ashdown

The recession means that, whoever governs we are now in the grip of austerity politics and will be for some years to come. Because we faced that challenge our economy is now recovering. But this makes that other challenge, the task of lifting children out of poverty, much harder and much more difficult.

Putting Children First With Unicef at the Commonwealth Games

Lord Ashdown | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Ashdown

Glasgow and Unicef, working together aim to show that these Commonwealth Games will be remembered, not only for the amazing sportsmanship and athletic endeavour on show, but also for harnessing the immense power of sport to help save millions of children's lives across the Commonwealth.

Ending the Horror of Rape and Abuse Against Children in Conflict

Lord Ashdown | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Ashdown

During my years in Bosnia, both during the war and afterwards I heard and saw evidence of horrific stories of mass rape and sexual violence committed during the war. Thousands of women and children suffered terrible abuse and the physical and mental scars could stay with survivors for the rest of their lives. Years later, sexual violence still remains entrenched in conflict zones around the world and children are often the most vulnerable. Children suffering in conflicts are growing up in a world where they face the daily threat of rape and abuse and sexual violence is considered the 'norm'.

Galloway's Party Set To Challenge Lib Dem Who Tweeted Mohammed Cartoon

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK

George Galloway has waded into the row over a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, tweeted by Lib Dem hopeful Maajid Nawaz, by vowing his party will fight...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Gideon's 'Year Of Hard Truths'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 6 January 2013... 1) GIDEON'S 'YEAR OF HARD TRUTHS' The chancellor has a big speech later to...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed Ache

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 19 November 2013... 1) ED ACHE Ed Balls and Ed Miliband don't get along? Don't. Be. Silly. From ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Completely Crazy'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 15 September 2013.. 1) 'COMPLETELY CRAZY' The Lib Dem conference has kicked off in Glasgow and former...

Ned Simons

Ashdown Tells Lib Dems It Would Be 'Crazy' To End Coalition Early | Ned Simons | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics

Lord Ashdown has warned Liberal Democrats they would be "completely crazy" to pull out of the coalition before the general election, praised Nick Cleg...

Ignore Miliband and the Cruise Missiles, President Obama Must Arm the Free Syrian Army

Nehad Ismail | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Arm the Free Syrian Army and Let Them Do the Job: The US has evidence that the chemical nerve agent Sarin was used in a deadly attack in Damascus las...

Think Paddy Ashdown Knows Something About Drones? Think Again

Luke Massey | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Massey

Ashdown appears unbridled by, or wilfully ignorant of, the fundamental issues which make a mockery of his analysis. While he is right to point out that some of the issues which concern people about the growing use of drone warfare are reflected in extant military practices, his conclusions are baffling and misplaced.

We Need to Bring Our Troops Home

Natalie Bennett | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Our most recent occupation of Afghanistan has been marked, much like the others, by a directionless war that turns Afghans into enemies while getting bogged down in mud and blood. The growing occurrence of so called 'green on blue' attacks on allied forces are not simply a failure of security checks but a deeper sign that more Afghan's than ever are unconvinced that the 11 year occupation has been for their benefit. We should bring home the 9,000 British service men and women still stationed in Afghanistan, taking them out of harm's way.

Lib Dem Party Conference - "Why Aren't They Screaming?"

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Politics
Iddo Goldfarb

Now admittedly, this was my first party conference but as the train wheezed into Brighton station and I peered through my rain-spattered window at the black clouds being tossed about the seaside sky, I remember thinking what an apposite congregation of vapours it was to herald a Lib Dem conference at this particular moment in time.

Ned Simons

Lord Ashdown: We Were Opportunistic With Tuition Fees Promise | Ned Simons | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Politics

BRIGHTON - The Liberal Democrats were "opportunistic" in promising not to raise tuition fees, the party's former leader Paddy Ashdown has admitted. ...

Silver Linings to the Storm Clouds of Rio

Lord Ashdown | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK Politics
Lord Ashdown

How would I rate Rio? 6 out of 10 - maybe even seven if, crucially, what they declared now leads to real action, rather than self satisfaction. And that's now up to our politicians.

Rio Earth Summit Offers an Opportunity for Cooperation on Sustainability That We Cannot Afford to Miss

Lord Ashdown | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Politics
Lord Ashdown

If Rio+20 is to steer us on a path of cooperation rather than conflict and a sustainable future for our children it is vital that David Cameron, Nick Clegg and other world leaders are not afraid to dream.

Why Lord Bonar Would Back a Benefits Cap

Stuart Bonar | Posted 24.03.2012 | UK Politics
Stuart Bonar

If, instead of being plain old Stuart Bonar I was swiftly ennobled to Lord Bonar of [my home city] Plymouth, I wouldn't vote alongside Paddy later today, I'd be backing the coalition.

Showdown: Government Set For House Of Lords Benefits Rebellion

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2012 | UK Politics

Ministers are braced for a bruising clash with the House of Lords over work and pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's flagship benefit reforms. A ...

Michael Rundle

All-Women Shortlists May Be Necessary, Senior Lib Dems Accept | Michael Rundle | Posted 19.11.2011 | UK Politics

Senior Liberal Democrats have accepted that the party may need to resort to all-female shortlists or other tough measures to increase the representati...

Time For A Lib Dem Foreign Policy Orange Book?

Matthew Harris | Posted 03.09.2011 | UK Politics
Matthew Harris

Liberal Democrats' role in the Coalition Government offers the party a chance to re-define its foreign policy thinking, much as the Orange Book re-defined aspects of its economic thinking.