In an early episode of The Rest Is Politics, my new podcast with Rory Stewart, I told the story of...Read More
Author: Alastair Campbell
Boris Johnson – bad man, liar, crook. Justin Welby – good man, thoughtful, humane. So no prizes for guessing who the Tories and their rags are backing
Boris Johnson is a proven liar and a proven criminal, who broke his own laws, and continues to...Read More
They broke their own emergency laws. They lied. Repeatedly. They trashed the ministerial code. If Tory MPs prop up these lying charlatans now, the whole lot deserve to be swept away
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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.