I enjoyed seeing Maggie and her ministers at the Saatchis’ bash last night, but Labour strategist Philip Gould seemed the most on the ball about where politics may be heading.Read More
Author: Alastair Campbell
Many thanks to James Macintyre of the New Statesman for failing to shed any light on something I may or may not have said about how long it is possible for someone to survive a media frenzy. It appears that he spent considerable...Read More
Many many thanks to those who applied the term ‘Cantonesque’ to my phonehacking tweet yesterday. This is praise indeed in our household, though in this case undeserved. To recap, it said ‘Hope MPs don’t...Read More
If so, check your diary and go to http://www.beatbloodcancers.org/kevinspacey I promise, as someone who has enjoyed a few nights out with Kevin Spacey, that you won’t regret the investment. What’s more, you will be...Read More
The Coulson/phonehack saga is a story not just about him and Number 10, but about the role of the media more generally, and the role of the police.Read More
My Latest Book
Alastair Campbell Diaries Volume 7
From Crash to Defeat
Caught in the no man’s land between being a key figure in Downing Street and the relative anonymity of the world outside politics, Alastair Campbell finds himself being torn in several directions as this latest volume of diaries opens. Having succeeded Tony Blair as Prime Minister, Gordon Brown wants Campbell at his side. Campbell resists, flooding his reservoir of guilt as a general election looms and Brown’s indecision and fluctuating moods suggest the Labour administration is seriously threatened by the Tory ‘posh boy’, David Cameron.
Soon Campbell is earning not only praise but big money from motivational speaking and writing novels which darkly reflect the mood swings that continue to concern both him and his family. Serious journalism across platforms old and new puts him back in the public eye and together with live appearances and a love of sport – his enduring love affair with Burnley Football Club still smoulders – sees him board a celebrity merry-go-round that often leaves him far from his comfort zone.
With politics constantly tugging his sleeve, he eventually returns to the front line to marshal a party in disarray. The intensity of the months leading up to 6 May 2010 is as dramatic as any screenplay, with Campbell chronicling Brown’s struggle to win over a disillusioned nation and then his dignified departure from the main stage. For Campbell, another chapter closes. So what next?
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Writer, communicator, consultant, strategist, Ambassador Time to Change and other mental health charities. Fighting for People's Vote. Two books out Sept 22