December 5th, 2011

Campbell Briefing Tapes Could Destroy His Leveson Evidence

Some of you more stuffy types might have missed the thinly veiled threat at the end of Trevor Kavanagh’s column in this morning’s Sun:

“ALASTAIR CAMPBELL, who once played the media like a fiddle, has the nerve to accuse the Press of being “putrid”. He is fortunate lobby journalists never reveal their sources. Otherwise a queue of hacks could reveal how Alastair routinely dripped poison into their ears about everyone – then swore them to secrecy. Luckily, some of us kept a diary.”

Campbell’s evidence last week went down like a cold cup of sick with hacks of a certain age. There is widespread irritation at being lectured by the man who is more responsible than most for the cynicism of the modern media in this country. Trevor Kavanagh got a kicking from Bad Al, but something tells Guido he will come to regret doing that. Word of these diaries is spreading like wildfire. There is talk of the dates, times and locations of meetings where Campbell “dripped poison”. Oh and Guido hopes the technologically advanced Lord Leveson has a tape player…


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  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Campbell , i hope karma comes and bites you on the arse!

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      I don't need no doctor says:

      Is Karma the name of a very large crocodile?

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    • 20
      Aaron D Highside says:

      I hope it bites him just after it’s bitten Toilets Maguire – should have the same effect as a monitor lizard bite.

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    • 49
      BillyBob... says:

      He will feign another nervous breakdown for sympathy, perhaps ?

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    • 53
      misterned says:

      Campbell has had his comeuppance coming for a long, long time. That sordid, lying disgusting sack of shit should fry for what he has done.

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      • 55
        God's Holy Trousers says:

        Its enough to drive a man to drink….hopefully.

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        BillyBob... says:

        Are you suggesting doing a Clarkson on him ??

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      • 73
        Uzi says:

        “Campbell has had his comeuppance coming for a long, long time”

        Cambell has had a 9mm in the temple coming for a long long time!

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          Durr... says:

          Will matey Campbell be admitted soon with nervous breakdown? I hope so.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Campbell is the kind of manipulative bastard who would entirely manufacture stories of ‘al*c*ho*l*ism’ and ‘depression’ in order to defuse the profound loathing he engenders in people.

            You know, ‘Oh, well, he may have been responsible for spreading lies resulting in the Ir*aq war and the de*a*th of D r K e l l y but we must show some compassion. Because he’s depressed.’

            Oh do fuck off.

            He’s depressed? You think he’s got problems? What about M r s K e l l y?

            If I went out and killed half a dozen folk and argued, in mitigation that I had a dr*i*nk problem or ‘depression’ I’d be laughed out of court. Yet we’re supposed to cut this wicked and malicious fucker some slack when his lies are responsible for far more deaths?

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          • Anonymous says:

            Exactly JGM. He’s fucking depressed ! How fucking depressed does he think we are after 13 years of his mendacious, dissembling shite!

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          50 Calibre says:

          Think .50 calibre. The results are far more devastating than 9mm.

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      Nemo says:

      And of course the journos hung on his every word lapping every last drop up, I do hope that they checked up the facts before going to print

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  2. 2
    Steve Miliband says:

    Hopefully he’s got some shit on Piers Morgan as well

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  3. 3
    Rupert my Hero says:

    Wow

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  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    The Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman today said Mr Duncan Smiths’ interpretation of the law was incorrect.
    “That is not what is set out in the Act,” the spokesman said.
    “The Act talks about triggering a referendum if there is a transfer of power or competence to Brussels,” he added.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/8935685/Downing-St-insists-there-will-be-no-EU-referendum-despite-Iain-Duncan-Smiths-demands.html

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    • 14
      'arry 'ill says:

      Who’s right ? Iain Duncan Smith or David Cameron ? There’s only one way to find out…..Fight !!!

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      • 27
        jeri boam says:

        Call a General Election that will sort it out, not interested in handbags at dawn with thees trash politicians, let the people of this country sort it out NOW.

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        • 47
          Jezza says:

          In my vendetta against the Prius I manage to destroy eight Aston Martins, one Lamborghini and three Mercs. Cool eh?

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      • 97
        Anonymous says:

        Cameron is a well known liar, IDS is correct.

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    • 37
      Sophie says:

      Camerons duplicitous EU fanaticism will never allow the ballot box to decide.

      Deny us the ballot box to free ourselves of the socislist EU, please do not grumble when we turn to bombs & bullets to achieve the self determination & freedom from foreign tyranny that previous generations of British citizens paid a heavy price to win for us.

      Other politically federalist European tyrannys:

      * Communism

      * Socialism

      * Fascism

      * National Socialism.

      See the pattern yet? The EU is worse than all of the above combined – it will be defeated.

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      • 77
        Tessa Tickles says:

        The EU will defeat itself. Whilst we in England don’t have much history for bombing things (well, other than Germany), that is not true in places such as Spain, Italy, Greece and, indeed, Germany where, I am sure, similar conversations to this are taking place. I doubt our foreign friends will be averse to blowing-up local EU offices.

        Hopefully the very few decent Conservative MPs will soon force Cameron to give us the referendum he’s already promised to us three times (cast-iron guarantee; the Con 2010 manifesto; his laughable “referendum lock”), but which he now insists is completely unacceptable.

        Funny how the referendum wasn’t unacceptable when he was begging us for our votes.

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          Anonymous says:

          Not at all funny Tessa T (assuming you mean “funny” in the sense of “strange” or “peculiar”).
          Politicians will say anything that chimes with the popular view to win votes;they always have & always will.

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        EU're a fool says:

        The EU is neither socialist or communist. Or straightforwardly capitalist.

        It is a political union designed to keep European politicians and corporations from being answerable to national electorates, governments and interests.

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        • 171
          Iloathlefties says:

          The EU have recently opened a visitor centre in Brussels that states national sovereignty is “evil” and federalism is good. This undemocratic monster needs kicking and we want our In/Out EU referendum Camoron!!

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    • 40
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      You’ve posted this previously. Boring.

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  5. 5
    Ali Bear says:

    Do spin doctors shit on people in the woods!

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  6. 6

    When people with dubious morals talk about the dubious morals of others you know there’s a good chance you’re listening to a tabloid journalist or ex-journalist talking about their “breed”.

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    Penfold says:

    Always hoped that Ali C would come to a bad end.

    Let’s hope that Trevor K has the goods and is prepared to spill same.

    Arn’t we all expectant? Come on Trev!!

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      jgm2 says:

      Al Campbell will probably (successfully) sue Trevor Kavanagh for breach of promise. After all – he lied to Kavanagh in the strictest confidence.

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        Dodgy Dossier Redux says:

        I think that to sue successfully there has to be an element of untruth somwhere in the matter ?

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          Ivor Tapeworm says:

          No, one can be sued for breach of confidence, although i think AC would have do demonstrate that there was some consequential loss.

          If TK was forced to spill the beans in court or at an enquiry, however, AC couldn’t touch him. Might put people off giving TK tips in the future though.

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      genghiz the kahn says:

      Lock the bastard in an off licence and wait.

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      NeverRed says:

      Still waiting for MuckShane, Udin & Co. In addition the bastards who only served 5 minutes of their light sentences should be re-prosecuted, have their taxpayer funded illegaly obtained goods confiscated and serve proper stretches.

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    jgm2 says:

    Who said men can’t multi-task? Look carefully at that picture and you can see Campbell telling two separate lies to two different people simultaneously.

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Does a large ego bursting make a mess?

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  10. 12
    Anthony Blair says:

    It’s always a pleasure to watch this:

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      BBC bias says:

      Jeremy jumps to Alkis defence right at the end, both tossers

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        Alyingstare Campbell says:

        Alky Ada ???? Watch out for those Weapons of Mass Destruction !

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          Evil to him, who evil is. says:

          The Establishment know full well what a disgrace Campbell and Blair were to public life in this once fine land.Which is why Blair will be the ist Prime Minister, not to receive the ultimate accolade and what he craves for above all else namely,being made a Knight of The Garter. As there is always many years delay before this gold star of gold star is awarded, no decision re Brown is being taken, as it is confidently expected he is likely to be sectioned well before his inclusion as a KG falls due.

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          • Jack Jones says:

            Thats a relief I thought you were going to say KGB there for a minute

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          • MickC says:

            And since when has being a disgrace stopped the Establishment giving status to those who have been useful? Who do you think saved the monarchy-Mickey Mouse?

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      Durr... says:

      Half a brain cell v a QC (and I am no fan of Howard neither).

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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    Not Just Priti By Name says:

    Please please please get that tape digitised now!

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  13. 17
    McPoison says:

    ‘Dripped poison’. That was my job !!!

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  14. 22

    What goes around …

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  15. 26
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    It would give me great pleasure to see this lying scumbag finally brought to account.

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    Katya says:

    Lucky I kept a diary too. Otherwise you would never have heard about my King Louis, my tender Teddy Bear.

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      Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

      Hello my darling, be seeing you soon; as soon as I can dupe the wife with a makeover.

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    dr. sipp says:

    go on yourself TREV

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  18. 31
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I think he should be taken outside and shot!

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  19. 35
    Gordon Brown says:

    this afternoon i will be polishing turds

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    The Last Quango in Paris says:

    It is absoutely terrifying that that unelected buffoon was able to have so much sway over the Labour Party and tried to swing and spin the press. As a taxpayer I would love to know what he spun and think the SUn should tell us. Everytime I see his opinion be sought on TV and him making more money for being essentially an unelected ‘voice’ I want to vom. I see now on Twitter that he wants to advise Louise Mensch about speaking to Leveson etc…

    I hope when Mr Campbell lies in bed at night he thinks long and hard about the WMD lies that led to the death of tens of thousands of people. Whilst we’re at it – my respect for MP’s, journalists etc who court and value his opinion plumets when I see them.

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      The sewer known as the three Estates says:

      They are all a shower of low life and it is pleasing to see them tear each other to shreds

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    annette curton says:

    Hope you’ve got it safely locked away in a secret and secure vault with a trusted solicitor Trev, In the event of my untimely death etc.

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  22. 41
    Perse O'Nally says:

    Campbell is a lying, bullying t w a t of the 1st water. My daughter was on the end of a rant from him and she was quite sickened.

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    The Barman of the House of Ermin Vermin says:

    Who dripped the most poison into the British media ?

    Bad Al

    Madoff Mandelson or

    Damian McBride ?

    FFS why did these people ever exist ?!

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    • 46
      Joss Ayinglike says:

      Because we had a Liebour ‘government’.

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      • 57
        jgm2 says:

        Chicken and egg.

        Without Cambell’s control of the media would Blair have managed to be elected three times?

        Once perhaps. But after the lies that gave us the Iraq war he’d have been on shaky grounds without the BBC being brought to heel and NI cheerleading the ‘economic miracle’.

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    nellnewman says:

    What a lying little toad he is.

    I hope in those diaries , or on that tape, where the slimy alycampbell is dripping poison, there is evidence of some of the shameful disgusting things he said about d r d a v i d k e l l y.

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    nellnewman says:

    I sincerely hope that Mr Kavanagh has been advised by his friends to steer clear of any woods or lonely places.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Campbell is ont the BBC a lot, says it all.

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      annette curton says:

      The BBC crap themselves at the mere mention of his name, they nearly gave him his own series on prime time years ago, Campbell has more than enough on them for a little bl@ckmail when it suits him and they know it.

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      BillyBob... says:

      There may be trouble ahead hahahahahahahaha

      5Live went their own way on the day’s news headline this morning, the riots happened ‘cos people were angry with the police! Yeah…right :)

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        Loungelizard. says:

        Most of the current hierarchy at the BBC owe their careers to Blair and Campbell.

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          jgm2 says:

          And Hutton.

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          Anonymous says:

          I remember a few years ago a former BBC employee gave evidence in some court hearing in which she stated she had been offered cocaine on her first day at The BBC. Reminds one of the corrupt Police forces where new recruits were “gifted” stolen property on their arrival at their stations. Once accepted meant they were now involved in the corruption and would kept stoom about what was going on.

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    The Media IS Bumming Itself Senseless says:

    IMHO, the media bubble is, indeed, a closed set with a tiny overlap into the set that represents real, working people. We are not interested in your internals: we buy a rag, look at the headlines, read the fanciful weather forecast and, if you’re lucky, check out the sporting news and horoscopes. Other than that, we don’t actually care what hacks/spinners/lobby munchers say/do/think and it may be time for you to realise you are all talking amongst yourselves for your own amusement.

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    Good afternoon! Here is the whether forecast:

    There will be some precipitation over the Juras. Some dusting of Lemsip will reach lower levels. One or two strong squalls are expected but will come to nothing.

    Apart from that it is not a question of whether but when. An announcement is expected shortly.

    And now I hand you back to Two-Way Family Favourites…

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  29. 66
    Gordon Brown says:

    this afternoon I will drinking warm Campbell’s soup

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  30. 72
    Anonymous says:

    Sod Bad Al Guido, what about Cameron’s slapdown of IDS on the potential Euro referendum?

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      Tessa Tickles says:

      I’d re-word that as “what about Cameron’s slapdown of the British public on the potential Euro referendum?”

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        Selohesra says:

        I would love an in/out referendum too but if the 17 dopey states in the Eurozone agree to co-operate more or even merge is it really any of our business? Whilst Tobin tax would be disaster to us the 17 eurozone countries either already have the power to foist it on us through QMV or they don’t in which case they couldn’t create that right by coming to an agreement between themselves.

        Maybe I’m missing something but I dont see why we dont just let them get on with it

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    Widdywobbles says:

    Murdoch editor accuses spin doctor of lying. Shock!

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  32. 76
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Let us be truthful….it couldn’t happen to a nicer, deserving guy!

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  33. 85
    Anonymous says:

    “the man who is more responsible than most for the cynicism of the modern media in this country”

    Yeah, right. Don’t mention Bernard Ingham.

    Ha ha ha

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    The BBC's unofficial spokesperson says:

    There is nothing to see or hear here.

    We allow Mr. Soup a good deal of airtime as he had a good deal of experience at the very highest level of a wonderful, caring, equality for all government.

    To criticise would be to denigrate those with mental health issues and alcohol problems which makes you a fascist as well as an enemy of the state and we are going to tell Sir.
    Thank you for your money.

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  35. 92
    bye bye majority says:

    The referended lock seemed like a good idea at the time. Haaaaaaaaa

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  36. 93
    Jimmy says:

    You mean the Murdoch press didn’t like his evidence? I’m shocked I tell you, shocked.

    Of course I find the premise that they are sitting on a mound of incriminating material that they have hitherto refrained from publishing out of pure generosity as plausible as anything else that gets published here.

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      jgm2 says:

      ‘Evidence’?

      I think you’re being overly generous about the words of Alistair Campbell. Opinion, hearsay and out-right, bare-faced lies perhaps. But ‘evidence’?

      I don’t think so.

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    • 100
      Anonymous says:

      We’re talking about Trevor Kavanagh, who probably didn’t phone tap, and his record of actual conversations with Campbell. Sounds fine to me.

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    • 106
      Sophie says:

      Cheerleading for a man whos lies & deceptions caused the deaths of over a million innocent civilians is a new low Jimmy.

      Do you Labour types ever think of those Iraqi parents jet washing what remianed of their children off the remaining walls of their homes?

      You must be so proud.

      And why are you not funny anymore?

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      • 109
        jgm2 says:

        ‘Any more…’?

        Was he ever?

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      • 113
        Jimmy says:

        I do my best, although in the funny stakes it’s hard to compete with righties trying to pretend they give a flying fuck about dead arabs.

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        • 119
          labourunionsbbc we are one says:

          Regardless of whether ‘righties’, as you call them, give a “flying fuck” or not, it doesn’t excuse you from supporting it, does it.

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          • Jimmy says:

            Supporting what? I have no problem at all with the overthrow of Saddam.

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          • Engineer says:

            No doubt those pesky WMDs will turn up sometime, eh, Jimmy?

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          • Jimmy says:

            Jesus wept.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Starting a war resulting in the death of hundreds of thousands of people on false premises and you have ‘no problem’ with that?

            The Labour government telling bare-faced lies to parliament and planting stories in newspapers to justify the war and you have no problem at all with that?

            Just so Blair could have a post-parliamentary career giving speeches to the Rotary Club of Michigan.

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          • smoggie says:

            A severe case of the ol’ Red Rosette Syndrome.

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          Sophie says:

          “I have no problem at all with the overthrow of Saddam”.

          “Dead Arabs”.

          Jimmy, children are children – whether they are Arab or not.

          And your party killed them in the tens of thousands in Iraq based on lies.

          Supporting an illegal war that resulted in the deaths of over 1 million civilians to secure future revenues for The Blair Foundation – Jimmy, get a grip. You are taking Labour tribalism to the point of fanaticism.

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          • Jimmy says:

            You can put that onion away. It doesn’t suit you.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Your slip is showing Jimmy. The onion suits you well enough when it’s deployed in justifying replacing Saddam’s regime.

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          • Jimmy says:

            Not at all. All you Baathist supporters and I are just going to hav to agree to disagree.

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          • jgm2 says:

            I was unaware that Labour’s excuse for the Iraq war was Labour’s philosophical disagreement with the Baathist party.

            No wonder newspaper editors printed whatever they were told if this is how Labour reacts to ideological differences.

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          • Jimmy says:

            Contrary to the impression you may have, I’m not a party spokesman. I’m telling you why I have no problem with the overthrow of a vile despotic and genocidal regime which you and your herd appear to believe ought to have been left in place. If you have an argument then make it, but so far all you’ve managed is incoherent abuse.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Contrary to the impression you may have, I’m not a party spokesman.

            Hahahaha.

            Pull the other one Jimmy. It’s got bells on.

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          • Jimmy says:

            Never mind. My hopes weren’t high.

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          • judge dred says:

            You are a despicable oaf Jimmy.

            Still, at least you are recorded. The internet never forgets.

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      annette curton says:

      Oh I don’t know, give somebody enough rope and with any luck eventually they will hang themselves.

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    • 110
      Engineer says:

      Well, let’s just imagine for a minute that some Fleet Street journalists and editors made recordings of telephone conversations they may or may not have had with Mr Campbell when he was in his capacity as Downing Street’s Head of Communications. Now I’m quite sure that Mr Campbell was always entirely proper and correct in his dealings with the said editors and journalists, and would never have dreamed of using intemperate language or threats of any sort, but it seems that some cynical people believe otherwise.

      Perhaps it might just be for best if those tapes did surface, just to demonstrate to the public that all those nasty rumours about Mr Campbell are totally unfounded.

      After all, we wouldn’t want any misunderstandings, would we?

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      • 115
        Jimmy says:

        I’m always puzzled by all these invertebrates whingeing about how they had to alter their copy because Al shouted at them. Do they really think Al is the one who should be embarrassed?

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          Engineer says:

          Well, let’s see what happens if those tapes ‘escape’. (Assuming they exist, of course.)

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          • jgm2 says:

            Naaah. They don’t exist. But with a little luck it’ll give Al Campbell a few (more) sleepless nights wondering if this time they’ve got him.

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          • Jimmy says:

            Maybe Gilligan can knock up some notes.

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          • jgm2 says:

            He’ll need a ouija board thanks to Campbell.

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          • Jimmy says:

            You think that’ll stop him?

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          • jgm2 says:

            Good old Gilligan – he really upsets the Labour-economy-destroying-apologists. You’re not Ken Livingston are you? Or Campbell? Or Mandelson?

            The shame of the matter is that there weren’t more journalists crawling all over the Labour Mendacity instead of cowed into acquiescence. Then the UK economy might not have been so fucked by Brown and we might have avoided the whole I*raq war debacle.

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          • Jimmy says:

            Well this is a classic example of hackery isn’t it. Hari is (rightly) castigated for faking quotes and using sock puppets to support himself, but Gilligan who does exactly the same is a hero.

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          • jgm2 says:

            What ‘quotes’ did Gilligan fake? I thought D r K e l l y told him in no uncertain terms that Ir*aq did not have WMD. Are you telling me this did not happen? That the government’s own weapons expert did not warn us that Blair was lying?

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          • Alistair Campbell makes me ashamed to be human says:

            ‘Jimmy”s fanatical desire to defend his friend ‘Al’ in the face of all the facts of the Kelly Affair is truly sickening.

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        • 117
          jgm2 says:

          As D r K e l l y and the Hutton enquiry showed – it was not entirely in your health or career interests to stand up to Al Campbell and the Labour Mendacity.

          Evil stalks the land in the shape of Al Campbell (and Blair and Brown) and you do yourself no favours cheerleading the likes of the wicked and malicious Campbell.

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          • Jimmy says:

            Pathetic. Anyone who spiked his copy because he was afraid of upsetting Campbell is in the wrong job.

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          • jgm2 says:

            If you say so Jimmy. So, in Labour-apology-land newspaper editors being in the ‘wrong job’ justifies Campbell telling ‘em all manner of lies resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths and making the UK (even more of) a target for head-banging nutters.

            Jinkies.

            I suppose it’s the same Labour-land argument that justified Brown destroying the UK economy. After all – somebody should have stopped him. The fact that they didn’t means that it’s all okay. Them all being in the ‘wrong job’ and all.

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          • Engineer says:

            Now that Campbell is in a position to have very little influence over anything, I’m sure all those journalists will treat him with the same courtesy and consideration he extended to them all those years ago.

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          • Jimmy says:

            So your complaint now is that we upset Al Qaeda? I give up.

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          • jgm2 says:

            But engineer – clearly Campbell is still in a position of influence. Hence his appearance at the Leveson Show Trial.

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          • jgm2 says:

            But engineer – clearly Campbell is still in a position of influence. Hence his app*earance at the Leveson Show Trial.

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          • Engineer says:

            Who mentioned Alki Ada? I didn’t.

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          • Jimmy says:

            Sorry Eng, responding to jgm’s hissy fit.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Still spinning that I*raq was entirely justified and a great foreign policy achievement?

            Hundreds of thousands dead just so that Blair could suck up to Bush and have a post parliamentary career on the rubber-chicken circuit.

            Proud of that are you Jimmy?

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          • Jimmy says:

            Not spinning anything. I’m expressing a preference for the current Iraqi regime over its predecessor. You are entitled to disagree of course. Righties were quite keen on Saddam back in the day, I remember campuses full of some very shady individuals back when Attila the Hen was sucking up to him. I don’t share your nostalgia for that era.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Expressing a preference for the current Ir*aqi regime while skating over the process that got us there is every bit as disingenuous as we expect from Labour apologists.

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          • smoggie says:

            So the Iraq War was Fatcha’s fault? Never saw that one coming.

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          • Jimmy says:

            Not skating over it at all, but I just don’t think that waiting for him to be voted out at the next election was likely to be an effective strategy.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Not skating over it? You haven’t mentioned the morality of lying to the press and parliament or hounding an honest man to death at all in the pursuit of a post-parliamentary s*peaking career. Not to mention the consequences to several hundred thousand Ir*aqis.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Not skating over it? You haven’t mentioned the morality of lying to the press and parliament or hounding an honest man to death at all in the pursuit of a post-parliamentary s*p*eaking career. Not to mention the consequences to several hundred thousand Ir*aqis.

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          • Jimmy says:

            True. Nor have I mentioned unicorns, flying pigs or your brain. In each case for the same reason.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Several hundred thousand dead Iraqis not worth a mention Jimmy? All acceptable collateral damage to enable Tony Blair’s post-parliamentary sp*eaking career?

            Really?

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          • Jimmy says:

            You may want to look up the phrase “beg the question” and see why you’re not making any headway here.

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          • jgm2 says:

            Jimmy – you are a shameless Labour apologist – but even the Labour party leadership now admits Iraq was a mistake.

            You’re off-message. Report back to Labour HQ for re-programming.

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          • Jimmy says:

            So I’m a partisan hack who disagrees with my party’s line?

            Say goodnight to the folks Gracie.

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          • jgm2 says:

            As I said – report for reprogramming. The Iraq war was wrong. It has always been wrong.

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    Campbell's Turtle says:

    urrrggghhhhhhh

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    Disco Biscuit says:

    I think we all know who’s responsible http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-QxBTR9_HU

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  39. 114
    Mattie Storin says:

    I had tapes too. Fat lot of good it did me.

    I know. You can’t possibly comment.

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    jgm2 says:

    Alistair Campbell says

    ‘New Labour were not bad people…’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16036061

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  41. 129
    Lord Leaveitoutson says:

    I’m sorry but I can’t allow any evidence that might embarrass Labour.

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  42. 134
    Nick says:

    The inquiry chairman is Lord Justice Leveson.

    Lord Leveson is someone else.

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    The one time Michael Howard did some good says:

    It was a joy to finally see someone stick it to vile bully Campbell to his face.

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    Dr Prawn says:

    Campbell the manic depresssive retired alcoholic first plied his penis and penned pornography in Southern France before he decided to go straight. He became Capn Bob’s, the renowned pension fund thief, gofer and spokesman. At the Mirror this piece of protoplasm honed his gutter presss skills, destroying reputations and lives. His behaviour was so sordid that he developed a self loathing that would first drive him to drink and the AA and then to depression. Unfortunatley the bully boy did not have the guts to top himself which meant he lived on to unleash his mendacity and corrupt ways in the service of the war criminal Blair. Having outed and then briefed against David Kelly, this piece of dried out dysmenorrhoea shed crocodile tears on the death of Dr Kelly and the 500,000 Iraqis. This piece of filth now tries to rewrite his cv .
    The supine press and politicians who allowed themselves to be anally raped by this perverted and toxic alcoholic should be ashamed of themselves.

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    50 Calibre says:

    He’s one guy I would be happy to kick when he’s down, a lot.

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  46. 185
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    If he was up, I’d kick him until he was down, then pass him over to you.

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    Just Another Elephant in the Parlour, don't worry says:

    It’s been said that the Press love a Tory sex scandal and a Labour bung scandal, since it points up the hypocrisy of the participants better than vice versa would. So whatever the sword over the head of Alastair Campbell, it had better include pounds and pence. Reporting on pure spite and malice in dealings between Press and Government is just so much self-referential stuff and nonsense on the part of the Press when it doesn’t expose outright criminality on the part of politicians. (Of course, when members of the Fourth Estate are in the pockets of politicians, we’re not likely to hear much criminality reported.) My guess is that somewhere along the way, someone may have found out Alastair Campbell might, just might, have been doing some off-the-record “consulting” which would not have been adequately reflected in declarations of income. He needs to do something to earn the dosh to support a lifestyle befitting a political spin meister besides blogging and the lecture circuit, and books are one-off in terms of the income, i.e. his advance covers what profit to him the publishers think his book will earn, if his contract is like most others (unless they’re happy to eat a loss for the “prestige value” of his by-line). Yeah, it’s a tired cliche all right, but follow the money.

    No one has yet shown why Alastair Campbell would feel a need to keep Tom Watson abreast (no man-boob pun intended!) of his statement to the Inquiry unless Tommy Boy needed to know Allie would stay on-message. You do the heavy lifting(pun intended!)

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      Impartial Observer says:

      Maybe Al Cam is a ** asset, like Clegg and the BBC’s Frank Gardner are alleged to be.

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    7 lords a leaping says:

    Leveson having a tape-player? He probably doesn’t even have a fucking gramaphone.

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    Spinal Damage with the BBC says:

    Sad Al sees Guido as a threat to the Labour Party. That’s what the Leveson palava was all about. He saw an opportunity to have a go at Guido and failed. Tell the c’unt to Jog On and take the fat lardy @rse Watson with him.

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  51. 203
    Andrew Kneel says:

    The BBC are petrified of Campbell. So on This Week I have been asked by the BBC to lick Campbell’s arsehole while Campbell is sucking Bliar’s dick. Eugh!

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    Johnny says says:

    “There is widespread irritation at being lectured by the man who is more responsible than most for the cynicism of the modern media in this country.”

    They didn’t have to report his bullshit and he didn’t have to peddle it.

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    Jess The Dog says:

    I’m not one to mock mental illness, even for the hypocritical Campbell, who spouts on about it even though he cannot admit he drove a man to suicide. However, his Leveson session was just baffling. It is like he is a schizophrenic. He has his own worldview regardless of the facts. He can admit no wrong, even to the extent of lying through his teeth. He has a second session next year – on political-media relations – plus the report of the Iraq Inquiry. He’d better learn to deal with the truth pretty quickly.

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    Old Goat says:

    Campbellgate!! Can’t wait.

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