September 25th, 2013

Mad Dog V Mad Al

McBride couldn’t let Alastair Campbell moralising go without comment. He’s given him a kicking  in tomorrow’s Speccie:

“Alastair Campbell is saving Biteback Publishing a fortune in advertising. He was on the front of the papers calling for me to be prosecuted for leaking information. Over the course of the week, he sent me tweets about my book. I thought about replying that he hadn’t lost any of his old hounding skills, but decided it would be in bad taste.What I find strange about Alastair’s obsession is that we never worked in government at the same time, and don’t know each other at all. I met him at a quiz night last year: he was the answer to several of his own questions, played the music round on his bagpipes and gave out copies of his book as prizes. Before then, our only encounter was when I politely asked if he could use the back door of Downing Street to attend a No. 10 strategy meeting with Gordon Brown, so as to avoid drawing the media’s attention. Of course, he refused.”

Guido suggests they go discuss it in the street like gentlemen…


  1. 1
    Iain Dale says:

    I reckon I can take him.


  2. 2
    The Public says:

    If one could split the skull of the other with a meat cleaver whilst the other simultaneously stabbed upwards with a bayonet, so leaving two corpses on the canvas..well..that would be great.


  3. 3
    Rumpole says:

    Interestingly, both had a drink problem.


  4. 5
    The British Public says:

    Has beens


  5. 7
    Ed Moribund says:

    I will make Britain a carbon free economy by 2030 because I shall ensure all the lights are off, all the time.


  6. 9
    In another 50 years.. says:

    The world will not miss any of these people when they’re dead.


  7. 9
    Mick Smetaphor says:

    We need to get these two on jeremy Kyle’s show

    that’s the platform for them

    Maybe now that Newsnight is looking for new news analysis formats, they could do a Jeremy Kyle spoof, with Paxman playing the Springer/Kyle role, inviting Campbell and McBride to confront each other.

    “Why have you been saying nasty things, Alistair?”
    “Is that right, you went on the Internet to troll someone’s wife?”
    “Well so what if Alistair made up lies to start an illegal war? Does that justify what you did Damian?”


  8. 13
    Sir Mary Flappes says:

    McBride smells unpleasant. Campbell smells of death.


  9. 14
    Coeur_de_lion says:

    I hate to say this, but after reading his responses to Campbells hysterics on Twitter, and now this, I’m starting to quite like McBride.


  10. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Whilst the pair if then are clearly both scum, who would you rather be stuck in a lift with – the story teller or the story telling mass murderer?


  11. 19
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

    I recommend Nokias at 20 paces.


  12. 21
    One Glum Nation! says:

    Same Old Labour. Full of nasty, messed up self serving Hunts.


  13. 23
    What this country needs says:

    Is a good and final dose of soshalism, to fuck it up for good.


  14. 24
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:



  15. 26

    Tossing books at thirty paces. Plonkers of the world unite!


  16. 30

    That was a long lunch! :-)


  17. 33
    • 57
      Casual Observer 3 says:

      Cheers for reply: Just wanted to avoid being trolled to death.

      Two reasons I think Sadiq is Ok:

      i) He helped get Ed Miliband in to leadership: This is providing awesome comedy value.

      ii) Like Warsi, he his not liked by his own community.
      The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

      Not too keen on his Fab!an stuff, but the expenses payback history confirms he is bent so we know he cannot be trusted.

      Compared with Vaz (and this is a very shallow comparison) he is also ‘Ok’.


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  20. 42
    Spinebrity Death Match says:

    My Blairite faction is the most Progressively Socially Liberal.

    No…my Brownite faction is the most Progressively Socially Liberal.



    Right that’s it..I’ll do fag faced, looney lying scumbag.


  21. 46
    Meanwhile, in a galaxy far far to the left says:

    The two Ed’s working on Postal votes…


  22. 51
    A nincumpoop says:

    Give it a rest, Guido.

    I watched Damien on Newsnight – seems a nice guy.


  23. 59
    Faces of Evil says:

    McBride and Campbell, two people I sincerely hope get cancer and die slowly in agony.


  24. 65
    Conspiracy Theorist says:

    Campbell saw off Kr Delly quick enough, I don’t suppose McPoison would trouble him.


  25. 66
    Alex Salmond, formerly the cleverest man in poltics says:

    I shall be implementing old-skool hard-left socialism from 19th Sep 2014. Come to bonnie Scotland help me nationalise shipbuilding and mining, impose 95% marginal taxation, confiscate the evil toff’s estates and, of course, ensure every family has a haggis in every pot.


    • 71
      English taxpayer says:

      Sounds lovely.
      And the good news is we won’t have to pay for you Scots spongers anymore.

      Well…not directly. The EU will be dishing out shipping containers of cash to poor, tiny, impoverished Scotchland.
      And England will be piling the dosh into the begging bowl for you..

      We will never be rid of those frozen northern scroungers.


    • 73
      David Cummerbund says:

      I will gladly agree to Scottish Independence just as long as you agree to take Liverpool with you.

      We can work out some sort of Danzig corridor arrangement along the M6. We won’t be needing that motorway anymore.

      And if you take Blackpool and Preston as well you can not only keep all the shale gas you can extract, but I will arrange £500 ‘incentive’ for every Scot who votes for independence.


      • 83
        just saying says:

        Let the English have the vote- that’ll ensure Scottish independence.

        They can have their own currency, or adopt the Euro, and negotiate
        their own membership of international bodies.

        The Shetland Islands should be able to stay with the rest of the UK or
        have their own independence if they so desire.


  26. 69
    Tom Catesby says:

    ‘Discuss it in the street like gentlemen’. I’d love to see that, I’ll hold their f^cking coats, gobshites and pussies!


  27. 76
    The Loony Left says:



  28. 77
    Sir William Waid says:

    Who is this Alastair McBride and why should we be interested in him?


  29. 78
    Sunderland is a rotten borough thats why its shyte says:

    I have a sneaking regard for McBride for all his faults and his right about that prick Campbell a horrible man ,full of himself and lots to be ashamed about not least the death of David Kelly,I wonder if Brown will ever own up to having orchestrated McBrides deeds?


  30. 80
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    Ed Miliband has put consumers and small businesses at the heart of energy policy reform. I call that political leadership.

    Ed Miliband has put building homes at the heart of a radical shake-up of housing shortages, social home shortages. I call this political leadership.

    Ed Miliband has challenged the viciousness of the Tories, promising to abolish the evil bedroom tax. I call this political leadership


    • 86
      grow up says:

      Ed Miliband spouts a load of meaningless
      leftie bollocks in order to pacify his union
      paymasters and grab a cheap headline.
      I call that desperate.


      • 89
        ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

        Yes let’s leave everything as it is because it’s working so well. Muppet.


        • 94
          animal says:

          It’s better than it was in 2010 when Liam Byrne left a message
          at the Treasury boasting “There’s no money left”.
          Do you actually read the financial stats?


      • 90
        Dr Strangelove says:

        Inventing a new energy source like electricity is very cool, the person, or company the inventor has a deal with, should be rewarded. but let’s not be silly. The power is with the millions of the populace, as the populace is paying we think we are going to take it, thanks.
        better to nationalize these good ideas rather than give profit to capital far removed from the original creation.


        • 93
          Dr Strangelove says:

          It is so comical that people think that they can “own” common things.
          like expressions in the English Language, that is so lazy of the creatives.
          and a thing which will be a limited resource ( like water). Say you own the land where there is a spring and you make a company bottling this water and you sell millions of bottles a week, that is not your water, that is the water table of the world water. It is a community resource which the populace will own, thank you very much.


        • 95
          oh yes I remember it well says:

          Of course- nationalisation worked so well in the 70’s.
          As long as you didn’t want to run a successful company
          employing workers, go to school,catch a bus or train,
          have your bins emptied,turn the lights on,watch the telly
          or bury your Grandad.
          Yeah- a real success story that Miliband wants to repeat.


          • basic facts says:

            Dr Strangelove-It may be water of the world, but a
            company provides the infrastructure and manpower
            to transport it to your home and remove the waste
            Presumably you get paid for your time and labour,unless
            of course you’re a student or on benefits, why should a
            company be any different?


          • Dr Strangelove says:

            in the seventies there was still idiocy in beliefs about the value of a person because of inherited wealth issues. We have moved quite a distance since that time thanks to popular music and television.
            Of course because of the inadequacies of our parenting and educational institutions ( personnel) it is taking longer than I anticipated for the society to achieve self awareness but I am optimistic that eventually love will prevail.


          • Dr Strangelove says:

            @ basic facts
            you give the answer in your statement, the owner of the company knows how to order a good meal and some wine and knows some friends that can help him in finance and is probably a bright guy who can see future trends. So he makes moves to increase what are his possessions. I agree we need those guys who have the oversight of the societies but water, come on you are taking the piss. He, the owner guy doesn’t do all the trench digging himself is it ?
            These things water, power, transport are so obvious to understand there is no innovation to be rewarded, ask an engineer how a thing should be done, ask an architect how a thing should be done, ask a project manager how a thing should be done. it is not magic, putting a robot on an asteroid is magic, putting water in pipes is not magic.


        • 102
          REALWORLDER says:

          Most of our energy is now imported,neither MILLIBAND nor the energy companies will have any say over the price . GAZPROM now control the gas pipeline and EDF control the nuclear power stations.


    • 103
      Anonymous says:

      It’s called stealing in our street


  31. 91
    M103 says:

    A couple of days ago, Miliband was asked when he was bringing back socialism. He said ‘that’s what we’re doing’.
    For me, the fact that he, as the leader of a party, was happy to be associated with the word socialism, so long demonised and sniggered at by the free market con merchants, is a massively positive sign. Teamed with the Sy^ria vote and the ideas put forward at the conference, it looks promising.
    I was losing heart a few months ago, I’m feeling a little more optimistic now


  32. 98
    Vote UKIP says:

    Go on scum-bags, fight to the death.


  33. 107

    Should beavers be re-introduced to England?

    Monbiot wants to know… :-D


  34. 117
    tigerowl says:

    Dear Mr Mcbride. Clear off with the tittle tattle. Your storey is now so boring as to be just gossip and old wives tales. Who gives a dam?
    Has the man any idea over how to get the economy moving? Save money on our heating costs? Build more houses? Defend the nation? Doubt it.
    Empty vessels make most noise.


  35. 118
    Anonymous says:

    “Mad Dog v Mad Al”?
    Given today’s news, is it right to make fun out of people with metal health problems? Yes a joke is a joke but . . .


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