Alastair Campbell

Why Labour Needs Blair More Than Ever

Stuart Thomson | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

Labour has been left devastated by its election result. It is not just the scale of the defeat but its unexpected nature. Now the voices come thick and fast, advising on what went wrong and what should happen now. Amongst all of these comes Tony Blair.

We Got It Wrong. Now We Must Have the Soul-Searching and Honest Debate We Have Perhaps Avoided Too Long

Alastair Campbell | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

There is no point pretending that this is anything other than a disastrous result, yes especially in Scotland, but in England too. Perhaps one of the reasons we are in this position is because we took so long to elect a new leader after Gordon Brown lost in 2010 that we allowed the Tories to frame the politics surrounding the economy for the entire Parliament, and we did not rebut their attacks on our overall record with sufficient clarity or vigour, nor have arguments and policies able to build a coalition of support across the centre and the left of the political spectrum. Likewise clearly whatever strategies we thought we had for dealing with the nationalist surge in Scotland, they were not adequate.

Why Ed Was Right to See Brand and Why It Is Dacre, Murdoch and Cameron Who Are the Real Rusty Rockets

Alastair Campbell | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

Like Ed Miliband, I have crossed the Brand threshold of his East London home. It is a lot funkier than the NW3 place that used to attract my daughter and her friends. Like Ed, I sat down with him and discussed politics. He was particularly keen to have a go at me about Iraq, and TB's motivations. I was particularly keen to challenge him on his view, expressed when he was interviewed by - and more than held his own with - Jeremy Paxman, that voting made no difference. He didn't change my mind about TB. I think I may have changed his about voting because afterwards I started to notice him changing his tune...

Time to Shout About Mental Health

Alastair Campbell | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

I suspect that I, and others like me who are working for the Time to Change mental health awareness campaign, have many hundreds and thousands of speeches and talks and interviews still to go before we finally bring the walls of taboo and stigma crumbling down. The whisperers are people who come up to me and, unlike those who just want to say thanks for the talk, raise something else, lean in towards me and say very quietly "thanks for talking about mental health and depression, it really helps". It is good that they talk. But bad that they feel the need to whisper.

Book Review: 'Winners: And How They Succeed' by Alastair Campbell

Aldwyn Cooper | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
Aldwyn Cooper

Alastair Campbell deserves congratulations on an engaging text that can help other talented and committed people with potential for success to become winners themselves.

Would We Be 'Blaming' Cancer for the Deaths of Those People Who Perished in the Alps?

Alastair Campbell | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Alastair Campbell

The long and the short is... We don't know. The papers didn't know. But they chose to decide the truth without knowledge. Now it may be that it turns out he was a depressive and those same papers will say 'ah, we told you so, we were right to run the headlines we ran.' To which the answer is 'no you weren't.' If he had just been told he had cancer, and a note to that effect had been found, would we be 'blaming' cancer for the deaths of those poor people who perished in the Alps? This is reporting that belongs in the dark ages along with witchcraft.

The Loser in the Debates Was the Public - And Not for the Reasons You Think

Alastair Campbell | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

So after all the hype, the ads, the contorted build-up, the dozens of days of negotiations, the thousands of headlines, the millions of words of pre-match and post-match analysis, just over three million people bothered to tune in for the first 'big debate' agreed between the parties and the broadcasters. That is a shamingly low figure for all of us.

Lead For Success: Alastair Campbell on Winners at Adweek Europe

Anjali Ramachandran | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK
Anjali Ramachandran

went into it feeling quite cynical about the media's unwavering fascination with big names of all kinds, so was relieved at the end of most sessions when I heard some wise words amongst the enjoyable, if sometimes surprising, anecdotes...

Jack Sommers

Alastair Campbell Is Really Not Happy With The 'Biased, Right-Wing Media'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics

Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell says Ed Miliband is failing to get his message across because the media have a right-wing bias. In an i...

May Robin Williams' Tragic End Herald the Start of New Attitudes to Depression

Alastair Campbell | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alastair Campbell

If he had had a heart attack, if had lost a long fight with cancer, if he had been knocked over by a car, would there be a need for a debate about 'what this says about the state of heart disease, or cancer care or road safety'? Possibly, but I doubt it. There still needs to be debate about depression as an illness, because there is still a lack of understanding that illness is exactly what it is.

Being Open and Honest About Things That Trouble Us

Michael Kallenbach | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Kallenbach

I have never met Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spin doctor, but I could not help but sit up and take notice when he said publicly that he is back on anti-depressants to help him fight his mental illness.

Miliband Should Consider Re-Nationalising The Railways, Says Campbell

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband should consider re-nationalising the railways, Alastair Campbell has suggested. Tony Blair's former spin doctor said the Labour leader...

Labour: Time For Politicians To 'Do God'

Sunday Telegraph | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Politics

The Labour Party admits today that politicians should stop feeling a "sense of embarrassment" about discussing God. Douglas Alexander, a senior fro...

Who 'Wowed' The Entertainment World The Most In 2013?

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 13.12.2013 | UK Entertainment

We weren't short of those moments that made us stop in our tracks this year. Here are our top 10 of the luminaries, who in a career that demands stand...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Christmas Comes Early In Westminster

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 8 September... 1) CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY IN WESTMINSTER Our elected politicians want to restrain publi...

Is the Age of the Spin-Doctor Over?

Hugo Winn | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hugo Winn

Shadowy spin doctors twisting the will of power and structuring the media debate are a popular character with journalists. Of course the reality of news-management and political spin is decidedly different, but this has not prohibited journalistic concentration.

At the Nexus of Media and Politics - Part Two

Alastair Campbell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

We should lower the voting age, and introduce compulsory voting- with a 'none of the above' option - in local and national elections. Russell Brand's performance with Jeremy Paxman was electrifying TV, but dangerous. People should get involved. They should vote. And they should get into politics in whatever way can make a difference.

A Life at the Nexus Of Media and Politics - Part One

Alastair Campbell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

I think the pace of change has been greater during our lifetime than in any other period in history, and nowhere more so than in the media; papers, radio and TV active 24 hours a day, deadlines and regional borders effectively gone, news and comment largely fused, trends accelerated by social media which did not exist when I left Downing Street, let alone when I started. Mark Zuckerberg, 29, was not even born when I set out on the Daily Mirror.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'We Messed Up'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 13 November 2013... 1) 'WE MESSED UP' The Daily Mail has gleefully splashed on comments made by Ja...

Alastair Campbell Attacks Dacre And Murdoch

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK

The era in which British newspapers are dominated by barons such as Paul Dacre and Rupert Murdoch is coming to an end, according to former Downing Str...

Sun Defends 'Mental Health' Front Page

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK

The Sun has acknowledged that its front page on Monday "risked stigmatising already vulnerable people", as a petition took off on Wednesday to get the...

Campaigners Attack The Sun's 'Mental Patients' Front Page

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK

Campaigners have attacked The Sun for a front page setting out "shock" figures of people killed by mental health patients. The headline of '1,200 K...

Parental Advice - Nigerian Style

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kanmi Iyanda

Maybe it's the Nigerian in me, but when it comes to my parents, any insult, intentional or otherwise, will always be met with forceful brimstone and years of grudge-holding. And yes, my father has been dead for 13 years. Nigerians are just like that.

What Kind Of Week Has It Been? 4 October, 2013

Paddy Duffy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

Drunkenly eating the popcorn of news The week giveth, and the week taketh away. On the give side, Alastair Campbell administered the sort of arse who...

Campbell: I Was Never As Bad As The Mail

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK

Alastair Campbell has defended his career as a journalist, insisting he did not descend to the "cultural and moral depravity" of which he is accusing ...