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Ashdown's man of few words

By Ton Grew

Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown was on fine form at his party's spring conference in Brighton at the weekend.

He recalled an encounter he had in Belfast soon after the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998.

"I was on the Shankill Road, talking to local people, and I approached this man and asked him what he thought of the Agreement.

"'I have two words to describe it,' the man replied angrily. 'Ridiculous.'"

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