Alastair Campbell

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 ...

Campbell Petitions Daily Mail Editor To Face The Music

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK

Amidst the raucous squabbling of politicians and outraged Twitter pundits over the Daily Mail's slur of Ed Miliband's late father, one person has been...

Mehdi Hasan

'Ed Miliband Could Be A Great Prime Minister' | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics

McPoison. McPrickface. Mad Dog. Gordon Brown's former press adviser, Damian McBride, has been called a lot of things over the years and, especiall...

Mehdi Hasan

'What On Earth Are You Doing On TV?' | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics

Damian McBride, the media adviser to Gordon Brown whose new memoir reveals how he briefed against Labour ministers, has launched an outspoken attack o...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Bringing Back Socialism In Brighton

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 22 September 2013... 1) BRINGING BACK SOCIALISM IN BRIGHTON The Labour Party conference has kicked of...

Alastair Campbell: 'Incredibly Dangerous' Not To Intervene In Syria

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Politics

Alastair Campbell has warned it would be "hugely irresponsible and incredibly dangerous" if the world does not intervene in the conflict in Syria. ...

POLL: Who's The Liar?

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Politics

Updated 2 July 2013: rephrasing of opening paragraph to remove suggestion that Tony Blair may have lied over the Iraq war. Removal of word 'illegal' i...

Why the World of PR Is Changing

Alastair Campbell | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Campbell

There has always been comms. There has always been public affairs. There has always been PR. There has always been spin. Read the bible for heaven's sake. What is new is not spin but the reality of a globalized media age, an information economy, a world where technology is accelerating the pace of change on an exponential basis.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Deputy Commons Speaker Arrested For Rape

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Sunday 5 May 2013... 1) DEPUTY COMMONS SPEAKER ARRESTED FOR RAPE It's Nigel Evans MP. "Top Tory arrested f...

Blair and Thatcher: What's the Difference?

Robert Philpot | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Philpot

The degree to which Blair's time in office was merely a continuation of Thatcherism has long been hotly debated, and it is a subject that has been returned to often over the past week.