The media keep saying that the Labour leadership election ‘has failed to capture the public imagination’, though how they define this judgement is entirely subective and based in large part on an understandably...Read More
Author: Alastair Campbell
As Steve Richards reminded us on his rather depressing Radio 4 analysis of the Brown Premiership yesterday, a memorable jibe from Vince Cable played quite a part in the political and media mood that saw the shift from from hero...Read More
I thought it was a bit off of David Cameron to try to purloin the Pope’s UK visit (once it was clearly going to be deemed a success) in support of his ‘Big Society’ plan. But triumphant though the Papal visit...Read More
‘The Special Relationship’ goes out tonight, and in the build-up publicity, the promoters, as with The Deal and The Queen, have been keen to talk up how much research they did, and therefore how historically accurate...Read More
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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?
Even more important than these great stats about the Tory membership from @ProfTimBale . Most of them didn’t even vote Conservative in the Euros.
Alan Travis on Twitter
“Britain's next PM will be decided by a 160,000-strong Tory membership that is 70% male, 97% white, 86% social class ABC1, 50% of whom read the ...
Our new Tory Prime Minister will be chosen by these men. These men don't care about our NHS. They don't care about our schools or the housing crises. To them this whole process is like selecting a new captain for a cricket team. We need a General Election.
Boris Johnson running scared of a Guardian preview of a @Channel4News debate
Didn’t Johnson just say people should be able to ‘speak directly’ and call Muslim women ‘letter boxes’?
Never eat yellow snow. And beware of blonde snowflakes
James Cleverly MP on Twitter
“And people are wondering why @BorisJohnson is unconvinced that the Channel 4 debate is a good use of time. I’m just amazed the other cand...