Round one to the unions, I would say, in the battle to get themselves into the cuts debate on their terms rather than those of a media itching to portray them as some dreadful throwback to the past, or a coalition that wants to...Read More
Author: Alastair Campbell
It is possible to feel in the build up to the annual gathering of the TUC the media desire to generate a sense of some good old-fashioned industrial strife. Union leaders need to be careful though; not to allow media (still...Read More
You’ve really got to love Piers Morgan … Oh ok, you don’t, and I realised even as I was typing the words that ‘you’ve really got to love Piers Morgan’ can take its place among the more idiotic...Read More
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
My Latest Book
Better To Live
How I Learnt To Survive Depression
"Superbly readable, supremely useful. Unflinching, clear-eyed, honest, raw and revealing, it may be the most important achievement of Alastair Campbell’s vivid and varied life. This book could save lives." – STEPHEN FRY
BETTER TO LIVE is Alastair Campbell’s honest, moving and life affirming account of his lifelong struggle with depression. It is an autobiographical, psychological and psychiatric study, which explores his own childhood, family and other relationships, and examines the impact of his professional and political life on himself and those around him. But it also lays bare his relentless quest to understand depression not just through his own life but through different treatments. Every bit as direct and driven, clever and candid as he is, this is a book filled with pain, but also hope - he examines how his successes have been in part because of rather than despite his mental health problems - and love. His partner of forty years, Fiona Millar, writes a moving afterword on how she too has learned to live with his depression.
Depression is the predominant mental health problem worldwide - it is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem and major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide. BETTER TO LIVE is a call to arms and an extraordinary memoir in one compelling and inspiring narrative. This is a book that really could save lives.
"One can only hope that BETTER TO LIVE provokes a far wider and more honest understanding of the condition" – JON SNOW
🎧 | I’m so excited to announce that @MyLifeMySay has teamed up with Kiss FM radio presenter @SwarzyMacaly to host our weekly #QuarantineQT - a digital space for young people to receive expert advice about #COVID19 and its impact on our lives.
@realDonaldTrump @nytimes Trump's order of importance:
1. His "ratings."
2. The market.
2,000,000. Your lives.
Every category should be updated with an actual STAT...including beds, ventilators, PPE, tests....so we can judge how the ‘ramping up’ is going. Gov Cuomo is nailing the press conferences.
ALASTAIR CAMPBELL on Twitter
“Govt briefing - giving cases and death stats at outset = good. Lack of empathy and going straight to support for business = bad. And drop ̵...