Alastair Campbell

My Brother Donald: Please Spread His Story Far And Wide, And Join The Fight For Better Mental Health

Alastair Campbell | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alastair Campbell

My big brother died on Tuesday. It was a massive, horrible shock, even though we have always known that people with his condition live on average twenty years less than the rest of us. My Dad lived to 82, my Mum to 88. Donald was 62. His condition was schizophrenia. His illness, not mine, is the real reason I campaign for better understanding and treatment of mental illness, not least because people who have schizophrenia do have such shortened life expectancy.

Alastair Campbell Insists Tony Blair Did 'All He Could To Avoid Iraq War'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK

Tony Blair's former spin-doctor Alastair Campbell has defended his former boss over claims he "misled the public" following the release of the Chilcot...

Alastair Campbell Just Instructed Kelvin MacKenzie To ‘F**k Off’ Over Brexit

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK

Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie has fallen prey to the wrath of Alastair Campbell, after admitting he regretted voting for Brexit. MacKenzie, who n...

An Open Letter to Revolting Labour MPs

Tahir Nasser | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tahir Nasser

Trials and tribulations often expose the real mettle and character of people. This last week, we have seen how Corbyn has stood firm against a sea of opposition, unrelenting, on his democratic principles. Take heed, revolting MPs - your opposition to him is drawing not only public ire upon yourself, but public approbation and support for him.

A National Catastrophe, And a Vacuum in Leadership. This Is What Britain Voted For

Alastair Campbell | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

A few suggestions. Do not give up on the idea that the country can rethink this decision. Yes, accept the verdict of the people. But watch and get involved as the people express their regret in growing numbers and in varying ways. Do not allow Boris Johnson, chief architect of this disaster, to become the Prime Minister. Do not allow him, Gove et al, to escape the scrutiny they deserve for the lies they told... If you think Corbyn has to go, join the Labour Party, and help make that happen so that it can become a proper functioning campaigning party again, not a hard-left sect and vanity project, as a general election nears.

Revealed: The Most Awful Brit Alive Today - And What To Do With Him

Bill Coles | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Bill Coles

Though it's never yet been run, I wish somebody could start up a popularity contest to decide, once and for all, who is The Most Awful Brit Alive Toda...

The Sports World Knows the Most Important Muscle in Men Is Between Their Ears

Alastair Campbell | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alastair Campbell

In elite sport, for many coaches and athletes it is now routine to have proper professional support, psychological and psychiatric, to get the best out of the mind; but in business and politics, where the work is much less physical and more evidently requiring of intellectual prowess, such support would be seen as a weakness, something not to admit to, and therefore not to have. This of course is how stigma develops, and with often catastrophic consequences.

Alastair Campbell Has A Grim Warning On Mental Health Ahead Of Spending Review

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK

Alastair Campbell has warned mental health could be "shafted" by George Osborne's spending review, due to be unveiled later this month. Campbell, w...

Celebrities Back Politicians' Cross-Party Mental Health Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Politics

More than 200 high-profile public figures have signed an open letter urging the Government to spare mental health spending from the next round of of s...

Cameron, Osborne, Hunt Should Watch Tonight's 'Panorama' to See the Gap Between Their Words and Their Country

Alastair Campbell | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

I had my run-ins with Panorama when working for Tony Blair, usually because they tended to take a grain of truth from somewhere and flam it up into something worthier of a right-wing tabloid than the BBC. But tonight's version is all the stronger for being somewhat understated, telling the story rather than shouting it or ramming it down throats. I know our government leaders are busy (almost all) men, but I hope they find time to watch it. Because while they talk the talk on mental health, as the Prime Minister did in his party conference speech, the documentary shows the reality of mental health services on the frontline.

Campbell: 'This Is How They'll Attack Corbyn, And There's Lots To Attack'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- Alastair Campbell has said David Cameron’s attack on Jeremy Corbyn was "not fair" though likely “effective.” Speaking in Manchester ...

Alastair Campbell: Labour Will Lose If It Moves Left

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Politics

Alastair Campbell has repeated his warning that Labour can not win the general election in 2020 by moving further to the left. During the Labour le...

It Has to Be ABC - Anyone But Corbyn: Labour Could Be Finished if He Wins

Alastair Campbell | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

I have thought long and hard, having said two months ago I didn't intend to get involved in the Labour leadership debate, about whether to publish this piece. I am also aware that there is a risk that it will have precisely the opposite of the effect I hope it has - namely to make people think twice about backing Jeremy Corbyn - as his supporters take to social media to tell each other that if Blair's spinmeister is against him, he must be alright. But just as if I saw a car crash about to happen I would do what I could to alert the drivers to the danger, so I think I have to say something about what appears to be happening to Labour right now. Car crash, and more.

Only the Good Die Young

Lara Ruffle Coles | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Lara Ruffle Coles

Since my father died in 2013, I tend to respond quite emotionally to the death of any famous male who has died too soon - anyone before the age of sev...

When Politics Becomes Blood Sport - Welcome to 'The Killing Season', Power Aussie Rules Style

Alastair Campbell | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

The Killing Season is extraordinary TV but sad to watch. Because ultimately it is a story of bad politics that failed because people simply could not work together in a way that made the team greater than the sum of the egos of the individuals.

Why You're Likely to Hear Even More From Alastair Campbell Over The Next 5 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics

One of New Labour's most influential architects has said he will refuse to sit back and watch the party lose a third general election in a row in 2020...

Enough of the 'Lessons of Defeat' - Can We Learn Some Lessons of Victory Please?

Alastair Campbell | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

We've got to become as ruthless as the Tories and stop pretending that it's a bad thing to say that if you're in politics you have to want to win more than anything else because if you don't win you end up where we are now - powerless to do anything for the people we claim to speak for and who we know are going to have five years of crap ahead, possibly more. It is evidence of the ludicrous mindset of some of our people that somehow we should look at the most successful election winning leader we ever had as a problem. I am all in favour of learning lessons about defeat. But there are a few lessons from victory too.

Alastair Campbell Says It's Time To 'Rein In' The Cybernats

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK

The "Cybernats" who terrorise Scottish politicians on social media must be "reined in," former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell has warned, while ...

Charles Kennedy - A Lovely Man, a Talented Politician, A Great Friend With a Shared Enemy

Alastair Campbell | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

When I say that Charles was a lovely man and a talented politician, I mean it with all my heart. Having heard the news from a friend of Charles who knew he and I spoke and saw each other regularly, and who had found the body yesterday, I finally got to bed at three o'clock this morning, and was awake before 6, feeling shell-shocked and saddened to the core.

Why Labour Needs Blair More Than Ever

Stuart Thomson | Posted 11.05.2016 | 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 07.05.2016 | 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 29.06.2015 | 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 19.06.2015 | 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 13.06.2015 | 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 29.05.2015 | 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.