First the Lib Dems failed to keep their promise on tuition fees, then former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown refused to honour his pledge to ‘eat his hat’. Isn’t politics fun?
To recap: when the surprise exit poll at the start of the election night forecast that the Lib Dems would lose 46 seats, Ashdown was flabbergasted. “If this exit poll is right I will publicly eat my hat,” he told BBC interviewer Andrew Neil.
Twitter tipped its cap to the Lib Dem stalwart, and within 45 minutes this had happened:
5000 followers? Seriously? In 45 minutes? THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS, BRITAIN
Fast forward to the early hours of Friday morning, and it had become obvious that the Lib Dems had suffered a terrible night. At the time of writing they have lost 46 seats, with former cabinet ministers Vince Cable, Ed Davey and Danny Alexander all losing out in a brutal 24 hours.
And guess what? Someone in the BBC had found a hat…
Mmmm, tasty fedora.
Ashdown politely declined Neil’s offer, but added, “Ally [Alastair] Campbell followed this up with eating his kilt. So I’ll eat my hat, he can eat his kilt, we’ll do it as public display, in public humiliation, and we can sell tickets.
“That is the very last time I will question the BBC exit poll!” he added. So does that mean the political feeding frenzy could go on? See the full clip here.