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Author: Alastair Campbell
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My Latest Book
Alastair Campbell Diaries
"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.
In his #Budget Sunak didn't once mention the 4% hit on our economic output, a result of the trade deal his government negotiated with the EU.
So I have written to the OBR to ask for the economic impact assessment he should have done himself.
Food scarcity fears prompt plan to ease post-Brexit checks on EU imports
Ministers considering ‘lighter touch’ regime to avoid disruption to supplies from bloc
And congratulations to the Observer’s Toby Helm for telling the story of the collapse in UK exports to the EU and then withstanding the attempt to rubbish him and it. Shame on the Cabinet Office- itself testimony to the degree the country is being gaslighted to believe falsehoods https://twitter.com/voicesdeal/status/1368510214425698308
Congratulations @RHANews @RHADuncanB @RHARodMcKenzie @RHARichardB vindicated for telling the truth about the impact of Brexit.
A government of liars
UK Statistics Authority rebukes Gove over Brexit figures
Cabinet Office used ‘unverifiable data’ to rebut a Road Haulage Association survey showing export volumes dropped by 68%
My Tree of the Day from several angles. The best is the one framed by camellias. The portaloo shot not so great but still a winner.