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Paddy Ashdown: "a man in search of a job"

Against many predictions Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, was not brought into Britain’s new coalition cabinet. Rumours abound that he could become an EU Balkan envoy, but the idea, leaked by Catherine Ashton’s office, has won few fans. Ashdown has form as a former international high representative (a sort of modern-day viceroy) for Bosnia Herzegovina. But as Ashton is learning, it’s little use punting such ideas without first winning…

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