Nick Ferrari returns to Classic FM with a new series of our flagship interview programme on Sunday night from 9pm-10pm.
"My father gave me two things which have been invaluable to me. Firstly to never be afraid to hold a minority opinion and the second was the importance of moral courage." Paddy Ashdown spoke openly to Nick about his relationship with his parents and their influence on his political career.
Paddy Ashdown's path to politics was unusual. Born in New Delhi but brought up largely in Northern Ireland, he then spent time as a Royal Marine Commando in the Special Boat Service Squadron before working for MI6.
He then went on to win a seat in the House of Commons as an MP for Yeovil and was subsequently elected leader of the Liberal Democrat party before his finest and perhaps most heroic role was as the UN's High representative in war-torn Bosnia. His latest book 'A Brilliant Little Operation' about the extraordinarily brave Cockleshell Heroes of World War 2 has just been published.
In this interview with Nick, Paddy talks about growing up in India, moving to Northern Ireland and how joining the Marines after school gave him a unique perspective when entering politics.
"I was born in India, moved to Northern Ireland at the age of 5, the son of a Catholic father and a Protestant mother, I'd go to School and they'd ask me if I was a Catholic or a Protestant so my dad told me to tell them that I was a Muslim. So then they'd ask me if I was a Catholic Muslim or a Protestant Muslim."
Listen to the full interview below: