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For today’s Tree of the Day .... Going for something small, urban and so in tune with its surroundings you would hardly notice it unless you were on the lookout for something a bit different for TotD! ...

I did wonder about not bothering with the cold water swimming gloves today. After all it is MID-APRIL!!! By the time I got out of the water it was snowing! No post-swim pics available. Despite the excellent gloves (this is NOT a sponsored post!) my fingers were not functioning well by the end!! But there was something magical about swimming with snow flakes falling on the water and melting away ... and I kept up my winter challenge of 2 mins per degree (do not try without building up to it!) ...

Tree(s) of the Day. Two trees. Inseparable roots. Hampshire. Winner @djcollinsinsta but he is a bit lucky tbh. Went out for a long walk today, saw some amazing trees ... but forgot my phone!! This is a rare event. I cannot remember the last time I was anywhere without a phone. DJ my phonelessness and your joined up roots = 🥇 = a lifetime highlight I am sure !!! ...

Thanks for all the nice comments and questions yesterday when I read extracts from Irish Diaries. Published by Dublin based Lilliput Press. Link in Bio if you want to know more. Of my 17 books it is one of my faves!! ...

And here a clip on why the violence in N Ireland is something @borisjohnsonuk and Co have helped to cause and must act to address ...

Short clip from @bylinetimes TV interview on why Orwell statue outside the Beeb is so important to media and politics alike ...

Please join me instagram live 1230. I am going to do a reading from my Irish Diaries (April 9/10 1998, the day the Good Friday Agreement came together - link in bio) - and take questions. It is not good for my blood pressure thinking about the damage being done by this wretched government and the crooks or hardliners who want to exploit what is happening. But perhaps venting while reminding people of some of the fundamental issues will do me some good, and hopefully others too. ...

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Alastair Campbell Diaries, Volume 8 Cover

Alastair Campbell Diaries

Volume 8

by

Alastair Campbell




"If the face that Brexit Britain presents to the world today had been the face we had presented when going for the Games… no chance.
In less than a decade it feels like we have taken that Olympic spirit, the mood of London 2012, and created a Britain which represents the very opposite of all it represented, and felt like, at the time."

– Introduction, Alastair Campbell Diaries, Volume 8

It’s 2010 and Britain stands at a crossroads. After thirteen years in power, Labour find themselves out in the cold as David Cameron takes office – with a little help from the Liberal Democrats.

As the country begins its journey into austerity and, eventually, to Brexit, Alastair Campbell must grapple with his own future. The Blair–Brown years are over, with the stage set for a bitter leadership contest that will test loyalties and friendships to the limit. There are battles closer to home, too, with Campbell still torn between domestic and political life while his own and his family’s mental health come under increasing strain.

From the controversial Rose Garden speech, through the sunny optimism of the Olympics, to Cameron’s cavalier attitude to not one but two referendums, and culminating in the critical 2015 election, Volume 8 of Campbell’s acclaimed diaries is a must-read for anyone wondering how we got to where we are today – and how things might have been different.

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