Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell, hosts of Britain’s largest podcast (The Rest Is Politics), have joined forces again for their new interview podcast, ‘Leading’.

Every Monday, Rory and Alastair interrogate, converse with, and interview some of the world’s biggest names – from both inside and outside of politics – about life, leadership, or leading the way in their chosen field.

Tune in to ‘Leading’ now to hear essential conversation from some of the world’s most enthralling individuals.

The Rest is Politics

Two men who’ve been at the heart of the political world – former Downing Street Director of Communications and Strategy Alastair Campbell and cabinet minister Rory Stewart – join forces from across the political divide. The Rest Is Politics lifts the lid on the secrets of Westminster, offering an insider’s view on politics at home and abroad, while bringing back the lost art of disagreeing agreeably.

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New LINK IN BIO for LEADING interview with @michelbarnier_ and main @restispolitics podcast this week focused on US-China, earthquake in Turkey and Syria, what Sunak should do about Johnson and Truss and a little local difficulty in @rorystewartuk PMs backyard. Plus a bit of Pope and @justinwelby ...

With thanks to @carolynmclaren_ … Tree of the Day🥇to 🇮🇹 for this beauty in Rome … ...

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And here you have the graceful arrival of @edballs and me on our tandem after our ride to the @norwichcityfc ground. It’s harder to stop than keep riding! #greenfootballweekend ...

That’s Florence on the left. The WINNER in the #greenfootballweekend Bake Off as judged by me and @edballs Another win for @burnleyofficial ...

Here you go … cover of my next book, out in May. Part call to arms, part practical handbook, an analysis of how our politics has gone so badly wrong and what YOU can do to help fix it. LINK IN BIO for more details … politics was bad enough when I started writing it but has grown steadily worse since, but we cannot just stand by. We have to get engaged and change it. ...

Next up next week on @restispolitics LEADING is @michelbarnier_ … fascinating insight into the key moments and characters involved in the Brexit negotiations. His book is an exhausting read because of the sheer volume of meetings and issues and people he had to deal with. Brings back memories of over busy times in government. Meanwhile the new episode of @restispolitics main episode is out today in which @rorystewartuk and I talk Tory troubles, the problems associated with resignations, why I think Sunak should veto Johnson and Truss resignation honours. Plus Israel Palestine and the geopolitics surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh LINK IN BIO q and a tomorrow, Barnier Monday meanwhile in the current LEADING slot is our chat with Alan Milburn re the future of the NHS which is going down a storm ...

My Latest Book

Living Better – Paperback Cover

But What Can I Do?

Why politics has gone so wrong, and how you can help fix it


Alastair Campbell

"Your country needs you. Your world needs you. Your time is now."

Our politics is a mess. We have leaders who can't or shouldn't be allowed to lead. We endure governments that lie, and seek to undermine our democratic values. And we are confronted with policies that serve the interests of the privileged few. It's no surprise that so many of us feel frustrated, let down and drawn to ask, 'But what can I do?' That question is the inspiration behind this book. It's a question regularly posed to Alastair Campbell, not least in reaction to The Rest is Politics, the chart-topping podcast he presents with former Tory Cabinet minister Rory Stewart. His answer, typically, is forthright and impassioned. We cannot afford to stand on the sidelines. If we think things need to change, then we need to change them, and that means getting involved. But What Can I Do? provides each of us with the motivation and the tools to make a difference. Opening with an acute analysis of our polarised world and the populists and extremists who have shaped it, it goes on to show how we help transform it. It explains how we can develop our skills of advocacy and persuasion. It draws on Alastair’s long experience, as well as on role models and lessons from history, to offer practical tips on starting and leading a campaign. It offers advice on developing confidence and coping with criticism and setbacks. And it sets out the practical steps by which we can become political players ourselves. Part call to arms, part practical handbook, But What Can I Do? will prove required reading for anyone who wants to help change things for the better.