Author: Alastair Campbell

If the BBC think their supine stance on Brexit will save them from the hard right, they are naive in the extreme

‘All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.’ These words, most commonly attributed to the 18th Century Irish-born Whig Edmund Burke, may have come from someone viewed by some on the right as the father of modern Conservatism; but they rank among  the most inspiring phrases for progressives ever written. Universal suffrage, racial equality, gay rights, improving the health and life chances of the poorest in the world, any great campaign has required large doses of the wisdom in that sentiment to prevail over the twin scourges of indifference and fatalism. I mentioned...

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‘The shittiest of all the shitty illnesses’ – my speech about my brother Donald to 1,800 schizophrenia experts

To Florence yesterday, to speak to the Schizophrenia International Research Society – go on, how many of you knew there was one. Well, there is, and I was very pleased to speak to them with my mental health campaigner hat on, but mainly to talk about my brother Donald, who died in August 2016 after a lifetime coping with this horrible illness. Here is the text of the speech. Forgive the Brexit dig at the beginning. I promise it is the only mention (though it did get one of the loudest rounds of applause from the audience, drawn from...

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Corbyn needs real soul-searching on anti-Semitism, not just find reasons to say he has been ‘right all along’

I don’t know Jeremy Corbyn well enough to know whether he goes very big on soul-searching. But he should be searching deep right now, and asking himself how, under his leadership of the Labour Party, the charge of anti-Semitism has been allowed even to get off the ground. A day or so before the ‘Enough Is Enough’ protest outside Parliament, I was called by a prominent member of the Jewish Community, almost in tears, asking ‘how on earth has it come to this?’ When I first arrived in London in my early 20s, and moved in with my partner...

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The whiff around Cambridge Analytica is getting stronger, and getting closer to Leave campaign. Keep going Carole!

Amid the annual backslapping at the UK Press Awards last week, nobody deserved her award more than The Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr, for her series of reports about the role of Cambridge Analytica and the broader use of data analytics in helping Donald Trump to become President, and helping the UK to leave the EU. So much of today’s journalism is trite, trivial, here today, gone tomorrow, helping create a country where we know a lot about things that are not that important, and a lot less about the things that are. Journalists who used to have time to do...

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We were promised ‘big speeches’ by May and her team. It took John Major to deliver one. Everyone should see it

As we await Theresa May’s ‘big speech’ tomorrow, her contribution to the Road to Brexit ‘strategy,’ I throw out a question … can anyone remember anything from those ‘big speeches’ made so far in this series, by Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox? This series of speeches, like so much else on the history of the Brexit path, going back long before Mrs May, is all about party management, and has little to do with the interests of the country. The Road to Brexit series so far has been an exercise in political and news management, nothing else;...

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My Latest Book

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Saturday Bloody Saturday

A Game More Serious Than Life or Death


Alastair Campbell &
Paul Fletcher

Alastair’s latest book, a novel about 1970s football and terrorism co-written with ex-Burnley striker Paul Fletcher, has become an instant bestseller.

‘Saturday Bloody Saturday’, which tells the story of a struggling Northern football club against the backdrop of an IRA bombing campaign, went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller lists within days of publication by Orion.

You should never meet your heroes, the saying goes. Well, Alastair Campbell met one of his, Paul Fletcher, and a great friendship began. This co-authored novel is its latest manifestation. ‘Of the fourteen books I’ve done, this has been the most fun,’ he said.