Paddy Ashdown finally starts tweeting

Last year, I remember seeing somewhere that Paddy Ashdown was learning how to work Twitter. Sadly, nothing happened after that. However, yesterday, our favourite ex leader and new Chair of the General Election campaign actually sent his first tweet.

Paddy's first tweet


Needless to say, he immediately received lots of  replies asking what he did have for breakfast – including one from Ladbrokes which started offering odds on Paddy’s morning repast.

Paddy's breakfast betting


I have no doubt that some enterprising Liberal Democrat will tweet a photo of Paddy’s breakfast if they come across him at Spring Conference but it’s to be hoped that he maintains a dignified silence on the matter. I’d much rather know what he makes of the developing situation in Mali.

Paddy’s pithy input on the issues of the day will, I think, be very welcome. I suspect that he could have taken David Cameron down with a withering comment last week on his EU speech. In the electoral battles ahead, it’s good to know that one of our most formidable figures is ready to tweet at will.

Paddy was in great form when I saw him in Edinburgh last week.  He’s one of the most popular figures in the party and is ideally placed to get us all physically and mentally prepared for the next two years. His Twitter account can only help with that.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Alex Harvey 31st Jan '13 - 8:48pm

    Paddy is one of the two Lib Dems I respect. We had dinner once, and I made him laugh with a VERY off-colour remark.

    Ashdown for President?

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