Sarajevo remembers Paddy, while new think tank builds on his work

Robert Woodthorpe Browne has tweeted a photo of this memorial to Paddy, which was unveiled in Sarajevo on February 27th, which would have been Paddy’s 79th birthday:

The Paddy Ashdown Forum has been established as:

…a Think Tank that brings together senior academics and policy makers to produce new thinking on domestic, European and International issues. Work will be disseminated via books, policy papers, reports, workshops, roundtables, seminars and discussions.

Additionally, The Paddy Ashdown Forum exists to promote education regarding national and international governance to all UK people, and to promote studies on different areas comparing UK and international experiences from a liberal perspective.

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  • Great that they’ve done that. Pity the sculpture makes him look a bit feeble though.

  • It’s great to see Paddy being remembered – particularly for his work over Bosnia which is respected a lot more now than it was at the time.

    It may be the angle but this is not the greatest of sculptures though!

  • Phil Beesley 3rd Mar '20 - 5:28pm

    I didn’t always agree with the bloke but…

    …when he made his mind up, there was a possibility that he was in the right direction.

    When he blew off about the war in “Yugoslavia”, he had followed his own values consistently.

  • John Marriott 4th Mar '20 - 8:59am

    While it was Lord David Steel’s performance as Leader of the old Liberal Party that finally persuaded me to join, it was Lord Paddy Ashdown’s performance as Leader of the Liberal Democrats that kept me energised for a good deal of the thirty years I spent as a local councillor.

    His performance when given the chance to ‘take control’, albeit in the ‘far off’ land of the former Yugoslavia, makes me wonder what he might have achieved here, had Blair not got such a massive Commons majority in 1997, possibly as our Foreign Secretary. Sadly we shall never know. They say he used to ration himself to three fags a day. I wonder whether he has upped his limit or whether Heaven is a smoke free zone?

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