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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?
Endless droning by pundits about the impact of measures in Queen’s Speech is like @SkySports panel talking about @BurnleyOfficial prospects in the Champions League this year - the Queen should refuse to read out this drivel written by a government with no majority and no plan
In the millions of votes cast last year, there were a mere 8 allegations of voter fraud.
Yet these plans - clearly party political in nature - would systematically disenfranchise *thousands* of voters.
MPs must vote them down.
Conservatives accused of suppressing voters' rights over leaked photo ID plans
Critics say voter fraud numbers are tiny and proposals would threaten democratic participation
Make no mistake about it that this is an attempt to suppress minority and underrepresented communities from exercising their democratic right to have a say on the future of our country. We must stand up for our democracy!!
Voters will have to show ID before casting their ballot to prevent electoral fraud, Government to announce
Voters across the country will have to show identification such as driving licences or passports before casting their ballot, under plans to be unveil...