Italian newspaper La Repubblica interviewed me on the TB book yesterday. It runs in today’s paper. English version below in fullRead More
Author: Alastair Campbell
I’ve always had a bit more time for William Hague than some of the other Tory leaders TB saw off during his leadership of the Labour Party. John Major could never forgive Tony for beating him and likes to think it was all...Read More
Fair play to Andrew Marr for giving a more rounded view of Tony Blair’s book than will come over from the screaming headlines. What is coming through from the small number of people who have actually read the book is a...Read More
Every British Prime Minister I can think of has written his or (in one case only) her memoirs. None have provoked quite the pre-publication antagonism generated in advance of Tony Blair’s autobiography, A Journey, which is...Read More
The coalition are doing things for which they have no mandate. Scrapping NHS Direct is the latest. They are getting away with it for now, but with proper argument and campaigning, this and other decisions will hurt them later in this Parliament.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
@BBCSimonJack @EdConwaySky Try to understand this from a Japanese perspective. It’s a loss of face to withdraw from a commitment. Not done lightly. The exception is where one has been misled or lied to. So the ‘broken promise’ about a Hard Brexit permits decisions on economic grounds to dominate.
A No Deal Brexit means - the evidence says - drug shortages. Stockpiling will only work for a few weeks. And the measures Government has put in place to deal with shortages are unlawful and risk patients' health.
Leaving without a deal will put lives at risk - we're not prepared
Director and founder of Good Law Project
A helluva new Exocet from Sir John Major this evening at a speech in Glasgow. Says UKIP-ers are "hollowing out" the Conservative Party, and the ERG are "zealots" and not real Tories (1/2)
"I make no apology for saying that leaving the EU without a deal would be a catastrophe for British farming."
National Farmers' Union President Minette Batters says a no-deal Brexit is "the stuff of nightmares".