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Perhaps just as well that this wasn't widely distributed beforehand - he's perfectly bilingual.

I believe that politicians from west of the Rhine who didn't speak French used to be able to resort to Latin or in some cases Greek. I suppose conspiracy theorists could have fleeting fun wondering whether the phasing out of classical education was a Soviet plot to divide and rule.

Leon Glover

Paddy Ashdown, one of the previous Liberal Democrat leaders, speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Peter Harvey

Thank you. And of course, now you mention it, I did know that!

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