This is an obituary of Maggie Rae, who died yesterday while on a cruise in the Antarctic. Maggie...Read More
Author: Alastair Campbell
Net Zero – how Sunak got the green call all wrong, how Labour need to punish him hard for it and show green politics is growth politics
I spoke yesterday at the Net Zero Festival in London. I was asked to speak about how environmental...Read More
Mental health seemed to have been largely forgotten again in all the NHS celebrations. Time to refight a fight we thought was being won
So on the 75th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, what better way to spend it than by being...Read More
Four Prime Ministers ago, when Theresa May stood outside 10, Downing Street and promised to...Read More
I am making a speech this evening, in memory of Julian Priestley, a lovely man who served as...Read More
My Latest Book
But What Can I Do?
Why politics has gone so wrong, and how you can help fix it
"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.