This evening I am at Glasgow University making a speech about mental health at the invitation of...Read More
Author: Alastair Campbell
“Liz Truss laughed at me as she sacked me … and sold our 2.2million veterans down the river” – Johnny Mercer
Liz Truss laughed at Tory MP Johnny Mercer as she went back on the word she had given to him...Read More
Happy birthday Soberistas, “Mumsnet for worried drinkers”, and why we need to stay vigilant about alcohol as emotional medicine
A guest blog, ten years on, from Lucy Rocca, founder of Soberistas.com In 2012, I wrote to...Read More
Olympian legend Kelly Holmes, my friend and fellow mental health campaigner, was crying on TV last...Read More
Greetings from very sunny Lisbon, where I have just delivered the speech below to a conference on...Read More
My Latest Book
But What Can I Do?
Why politics has gone so wrong, and how you can help fix it
"Your country needs you. Your world needs you. Your time is now."
Our politics is a mess. We have leaders who can't or shouldn't be allowed to lead. We endure governments that lie, and seek to undermine our democratic values. And we are confronted with policies that serve the interests of the privileged few. It's no surprise that so many of us feel frustrated, let down and drawn to ask, 'But what can I do?' That question is the inspiration behind this book. It's a question regularly posed to Alastair Campbell, not least in reaction to The Rest is Politics, the chart-topping podcast he presents with former Tory Cabinet minister Rory Stewart. His answer, typically, is forthright and impassioned. We cannot afford to stand on the sidelines. If we think things need to change, then we need to change them, and that means getting involved. But What Can I Do? provides each of us with the motivation and the tools to make a difference. Opening with an acute analysis of our polarised world and the populists and extremists who have shaped it, it goes on to show how we help transform it. It explains how we can develop our skills of advocacy and persuasion. It draws on Alastair’s long experience, as well as on role models and lessons from history, to offer practical tips on starting and leading a campaign. It offers advice on developing confidence and coping with criticism and setbacks. And it sets out the practical steps by which we can become political players ourselves. Part call to arms, part practical handbook, But What Can I Do? will prove required reading for anyone who wants to help change things for the better.