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
Author: Alastair Campbell
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
Cameron reportedly wants Ed Miliband as Labour leader. Black propaganda, or a genuine view born of thinking the situation through? I think the latterRead More
When it comes to reporting exam results, editors do not let the facts get in the way of stories to justify their own (private) choices. But the truth is State schools are improving and private schools, despite the massive advantages, are not.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?
Shadow cabinet intell:
- Corbyn said Brexit decision delay for 2 more weeks
- Thornberry repeatedly said decision needed today: “This is about leadership”.
- McDonnell said he had expected white smoke today
- Abbott told JC he didn’t understand level of member discontent
From @johnmcdonnellMP to @wesstreeting
From @HackneyAbbott to @jessphillips
From @Another_Europe to @ProgressOnline
Wherever you sit in the big tent that is the #Labour Party, the consensus is that we must campaign to #Remain.
Over to you @jeremycorbyn.
Brexit: John McDonnell warns Labour must shift policy
Political correspondent Iain Watson explains what went on at a fractious shadow cabinet meeting.
Len says ‘No’, apparently. When did he become Leader of the Labour Party?
HuffPost UK Politics on Twitter
“Corbyn faces backlash as he delays Brexit referendum decision again https://t.co/bUnjNqMD5Q”