I have always considered Jeremy John Durham Ashdown, Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, GCMG, CH, KBE, PC commonly known as Paddy Ashdown to be a pompous prat and yesterday Morning he did little to change my mind.
The former Liberal Democrat leader claimed that the SNP are coming south to burn Westminster and make it dysfunctional. made the statement whilst speaking to the BBC yesterday morning as the first official day of campaigning for the 2015 general election got underway.
Polls suggest that the SNP will secure the majority of seats in Scotland at the general election, with an ICM poll for the Guardian newspaper last week putting support for the SNP at 43%. It wculd mean the Liberal Democrats could potentially lose all 12 of thier seats in Scotland. so it may well have been in his mind when he appeared to make a attempt to smear the SNP by comparing them to Serbs during the Balkalnds wars.
"The SNP has got one aim. They're not coming south to help Westminster work, they're coming south as a Scottish raiding party to burn Westminster down and to make the thing dysfunctional.
"I watched it happen in the Balkans, by the way. You first of all make it dysfunctional and then you have a case for breaking away. That's what their aim is."
Ashdown when chalenged added that he was not comparing Alex Salmond to former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic.
The Liberal Democrats always claim they are above gutter politics but once again they prove not only are wiling to fight in the gutter but in Ashdown's case dig it as well.