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
Author: Alastair Campbell
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
How I Learned 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
LIVING BETTER 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. LIVING BETTER 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 LIVING BETTER provokes a far wider and more honest understanding of the condition" – JON SNOW
Lying in Parliament used to be a resigning matter. We now have a Prime Minister who does it at least once every week at PMQs. Here are three from the last three weeks.
Important piece ... sad that it event needs to be said | Borders Won’t Protect Your Country From Coronavirus - The New York Times
Opinion | Borders Won‘t Protect Your Country From Coronavirus
Rich nations need to help poor ones now. It‘s morally right â and in everyone‘s self-interest.
On a day of better news for the arts, latest Living Better in Lockdown guest is actor and fellow mental health campaigner @DavidHarewood -admits he's struggled, but enjoyed in part, and of all my chats so far this maybe has the most practical advice
"Boris Johnson’s government may have managed to kill about 20,000 of its own people in a fit of absent-mindedness," writes @fotoole.
The fatal delusions of Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson believes that post-Brexit Britain is an exceptional, “world-beating” power. Yet it has proved itself incapable of fulfilling...