Paddy Ashdown swears on the BBC seven times before noon

Paddy is a legend. “My old friend” he called John Major and then proceeded to outline in robust and pithy language how David Cameron would be beholden to 60 “b*****ds should the Tories gain a majority in the election. He said Major only had 16, but Cameron would have 60 troublesome right wingers to deal with and outlined the chaos that could then ensue.

The Huffington Post has transcribed all the offending excerpts.

If you watch no other Paddy interview this election, watch this one. It’ll make you laugh. And then read what I wrote earlier about the SNP and how people should just stop being scared of them – although there are three reasons I think people should choose Liberal Democrat sitting MPs over their candidates.

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

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  • Classic paddy.

  • Angela Davies 22nd Apr '15 - 9:55am

    Great Interview Paddy ! You are a star!

  • Legend.

  • Denis Loretto 22nd Apr '15 - 10:26am

    The truth is that John Major must privately be delighted with the part Liberal Democrats have played in neutering to a large extent the bulky Tory right wing throughout the last 5 years. Unfortunately when it comes to elections tribal considerations prevail. It was a shoddy performance by one of the vanishing breed of Tories for whom I have some respect – especially delivered in a Lib Dem held constituency.

  • peter tyzack 22nd Apr '15 - 12:20pm

    deftly side-stepping the media wish to talk about Labour-SNP and getting back to the subject, very skilful.

  • Tony Greaves 22nd Apr '15 - 3:13pm

    Paddy did not swear, he quoted Major swearing. Or rather using an accurate descriptive word.


  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 22nd Apr '15 - 4:42pm

    Tony, you are splitting hairs:-).

    Paddy knew exactly what he was doing and it worked. The man is quite a legend.

  • Since when was “bastard” a swear word? – it is merely a strong word, and a realistic description!!

  • May be I have lived in the USA rather too long, but I use the words crass and pissed-off a lot – are the definitions of swearing changing? what is the difference between swearing and bad language? who defines the latter?? Anyhow, I encounter a lot of F* hypocrites on this topic!

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