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Alastair Campbell Diaries
"If the face that Brexit Britain presents to the world today had been the face we had presented when going for the Games… no chance.
In less than a decade it feels like we have taken that Olympic spirit, the mood of London 2012, and created a Britain which represents the very opposite of all it represented, and felt like, at the time."
– Introduction, Alastair Campbell Diaries, Volume 8
It’s 2010 and Britain stands at a crossroads. After thirteen years in power, Labour find themselves out in the cold as David Cameron takes office – with a little help from the Liberal Democrats.
As the country begins its journey into austerity and, eventually, to Brexit, Alastair Campbell must grapple with his own future. The Blair–Brown years are over, with the stage set for a bitter leadership contest that will test loyalties and friendships to the limit. There are battles closer to home, too, with Campbell still torn between domestic and political life while his own and his family’s mental health come under increasing strain.
From the controversial Rose Garden speech, through the sunny optimism of the Olympics, to Cameron’s cavalier attitude to not one but two referendums, and culminating in the critical 2015 election, Volume 8 of Campbell’s acclaimed diaries is a must-read for anyone wondering how we got to where we are today – and how things might have been different.
Fascinating to see a historian so quickly rewriting the modern history of the Brexit border. Even more fascinating to compare her first draft with her second draft @chrisgreybrexit
Come on @Channel4News. You know you want to https://twitter.com/peterstefanovi2/status/1382585265630416896
Tweeting these to show how paramilitary-style shootings are so ‘routine’ in Northern Ireland, they’ll barely be noticed, just a few lines of generic copy & pic.
2 men shot in the legs in last 2 days. At the first, when police arrived on scene they were attacked with petrol bombs
Usually you could dismiss & laugh at such wild pieces but this is a very dangerous rewriting of history devoid of any facts. Yet another new low in the #brexit blame game.