October 3rd, 2013

More Amnesia From Toxic Campbell

At the special request of John Rentoul, who refuses to believe that Alastair Campbell could ever tell a porkie-pie, Guido is reproducing what he wrote on Sunday. Campbell is attempting to rebrand as a do-gooder and saint, though that does not extend to Tweeting Paul Dacre’s addresses. The new image is just not credible. Leaving aside David Kelly, lets just look at how he operated in his early days in Downing Street:

“Campbell has been on his high horse all week saying he never briefed against Tony Blair’s ministers – apart from the time he lost his temper with anti-Iraq leftie Clare Short and suggested Gordon Brown was “psychologically flawed”. Those of us with longer memories know this is spin. In May 1997 when he first arrived in Downing Street, Campbell shocked senior civil servants by telling them that two Cabinet ministers “couldn’t keep their trousers on”, that Derry Irvine, the Lord Chancellor, hated Donald Dewar, the Scottish Secretary. Smirking, he said “Nick Brown, was ever the bachelor” – before he was outed as gay. He went on to hint at the Foreign Secretary Robin Cook’s then adulterous affair with his secretary Gaynor Regan. All that was just in the first month he was in Downing Street and before he went on – as Michael Howard famously told him – “bullying and lying his way across our political life”.”

Today Peter Oborne has more:

“This protestation that he treated politicians with respect is so completely contemptuous of the truth that I feel a kind of moral obligation to correct it. No political journalist in my lifetime has treated politicians with such utter, total and complete contempt as Alastair Campbell did during his career for the Daily Mirror and Today newspaper (and later as a government adviser inside Downing Street). His personal conduct was far, far worse and more demeaning than any Daily Mail journalist.”

Hate the Mail all you like, but it is possible to hold contempt for more than one product or person at a time.


  1. 1
    Piss Artist. says:

    I hope all this doesn’t affect him mentally


    • 9
      Vince Cable says:

      I’m the only Saint around here. Keep off my turf Campbell.


      • 27
        Peter Osborne Is a Cunt.. says:

        ..Furthermore, why does he get so much exposure whilst not, actually, DOING anything?


        • 34
          Nobby Pickens says:

          He dribbles, a few people lap it up and, therefore, he feels as if he has a job.
          It’s started raining again, I notice.


        • 109
          Gramsci says:

          Doing anything?

          Did you not see his scintillating performance against the spokesman for the Nazi loving Daily Mail comic.

          Will we see the cowardly Dacre make a public appearance?

          He could then explain why the comic is referred to as ‘The Forgers Gazette’
          amongst the well informed


        • 128
          Alsa Dick says:

          Couldn’t agree more! he’s so far up the arris of the biased Beeb it’d be funny….if it wasn’t so God damn dangerous!


      • 35
        Mustapha Djinn says:

        I hold no brief for Campbell but I agree with him on attacking politicians at every opportunity. They are all lying, corrupt, self serving deviants. But then so is Campbell.


        • 44
          Guido Fawkes says:

          So is this blog.


        • 57
          King Cnut says:

          Would have made a good politician then and like others is trying to clean his act up but there’s no ‘road to Damascus’ here. Its all self serving hypocrisy. As for Twiliband methinks he doth protesteth too much. Politics is a dirty business at the best of times and often runs in families – He’s part of the Twiiband dynasty like it or not.


        • 108
          green ink says:

          Campbell in the low stakes gets lower than any previous government related spinner … his history is writ far and wide across the political scene and his recent conversion to saintly ex-alkie noble cause bible thumper is as convincing as keith vaz’s doorstepping … a complete slug of a man.


          • I see the Evil face of Socialist Labour. says:

            I believe the saying is “As slimy and low as a slugs prick.” It does describe Campbell so well.


      • 61
        Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:


        • 81
          Alta Vista says:

          The only interesting statistic in this chart is that there are nearly as many “uncomfortables” as “comfortables” in the Labour result. This must surely mean that there are huge numbers of potential swing voters from Labour to UKIP.


          • Anonymous says:

            The Labour comfortables could well be just its ethnic minority supporters. The Lib Dems seem to be keenest, but didn’t notice many at their conference.


          • Anonymous says:

            A Dutch Leader that Irish Bloke Ashdown to start


        • 139
          REALWORLDER says:

          OH! that chart’s stopped millions from voting UKIP!!


      • 127
        TB says:

        You know talent when you see it Vince.

        He was brilliant.

        Oborn? never heard of him. Appears to be quite a fool.


    • 15
      Alex says:

      I hope he does a David Kelly.

      I don’t say that lightly, and am not altogether proud of wishing that on another human being, but with the amount of blood on the piece of shit’s hands, I think it’s a justifiable viewpoint.


    • 31
      The UK Electorate on Politicians says:

      We are free of all prejudices, we hate all the vermin equally.


      • 67
        What a plonker. says:

        Campbell is an obnoxious hypocritical lowlife
        who has a lot of blood on his hands and should be held to account.


    • 92
      Where the fuck is Chilcot ? says:

      when are Campbell and Blair going to be pulled up for misleading parliament by using the phrase ‘beyond doubt’ with no possible justification whatsoever ?


    • 97
      Anonymous says:

      That is very nice of you.


    • 113
      Cassandra says:

      He will get quite a laugh when he sees ‘Dacre the Coward’, talking about standards in the press.


    • 133
      A Right Fucking Bastard Of A Burnley Fan says:

      I wish this lying turd would stay the fuck away from Turf Moor.

      He makes my skin fucking crawl, the fucking dissembling war-mongering bastard.


  2. 2
    David Kelly says:

    Paul Dacre will kill himself this weekend.


    • 123
      Anonymous says:

      Fatally undermine the (gate-crashing) Daily Mail more like.


    • 152
      truthboy says:

      Campbell is an out and out Fucker, why he thinks he suddenly is a moral guide is beyond belief. The twat obviously has dementia. We should pity the Hunt.


  3. 3
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    As all Scots will tell you, never trust a Campbell.


  4. 4
    Mayfair magazine says:

    The Stories he wrote for us were 100% fiction.


  5. 5
    Ten Green Bottles says:

    Have a drink for old times sake Campbell.


  6. 6
    Ed Miliband says:

    I will freeze him


  7. 8
    hoddles says:

    As usually the mad wing of the tories tries to deflect attention from the Daily Mail.


  8. 10

    People can, and do, choose to buy the Daily Mail.

    They were not given the same choice with Alastair Campbell, but it cost them and us much, much more.


    • 72
      Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

      Apparently the editor of the The World at One (BBC Radio 4) was on Twitter earlier today putting it out that he was asking the big 4 supermarkets if they were reconsidering whether to continue advertising in the Daily Mail. Are the BBC now trying to cut off the Mail’s revenue? Interfering in the revenue source of one of its media rivals?


      • 82
        how about says:

        This is obviously a concerted strategy
        by the left-Labour MP’s, left-wing mouthpieces
        like Campbell and Owen Jones, plus now the BBC.

        They did exactly the same around the time Leveson.


      • 84

        I would say that is sailing very close to the wind and DMGT may have cause for an action against the BBC over this.

        That would be popcorn time!


      • 135
        Yo bro says:

        Joe Lyons did the same to the Mail in the 30 s. They soon changed their tune after all he who pays the piper calls the tune.


        • 142
          KGB corner cafe says:

          Could always get a good cuppa at Joe’s, especially the one that used to be outside Charing Cross station all those years ago.


  9. 11
    The Maimed Badger says:

    Guido… the light in a great darkness.


  10. 12
    Life will never be the same again for Chuka. Serious Stuff says:


  11. 13
    B&P not happy says:


    • 41
      Casual Observer 3 says:

      The evidence which is being used to link GD party members to those who are suspected of involvement in the killing of the musician were a series of intercepts of communications from mobile phones that evening by EU security services.

      It it not clear is the content of the calls was intercepted, but the trace of who was calling who and timing was presented.

      It has been inferred that the pattern of calls indicates a chain of command which ties GD party members to the act.

      Signal analysis like this is useful for determining chains of command over time, but for specific events is perhaps not reliable.

      Without further less circumstantial evidence, such as direct proof that mobile phones were in the possession of people suspected of involvement in the murder on the night in question, or for that matter some confirmation that such orders were given, this evidence is highly suspect.

      Re. the previous GCHQ post, this is an example of where too much information being in the hands of the state can lead to politically motivated attacks against minority opposition, a clear undermining of both democracy and the justice system.


  12. 14
    Campbell is Sick says:

    Blood on Campbell’s hands. Shame on him.


  13. 16
    Baxter says:

    Is Campbell in the Soup?


  14. 19
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    Had enough of the LibLabCon traitors?

    Are you a patriot and want your country back?

    1. Stop paying the telly tax

    2. Stop buying the lying rags laughably calling themselves newspapers

    3. Vote UKIP at every opportunity

    Remember vote early, vote often, vote UKIP :-)


  15. 21
    Basil Brash says:

    Campbell’s trying to hijack this for his own ends, so he can paint himself as noble defend of Miliband. But I think everyone can see he’s a toady trying to make amends for his years of deceit.

    Nothing he can do can make up for the calamity of Iraq.


    • 29
      C.O.Jones says:

      Maybe Alastair Campbell is trying to “undevious” himself.


      • 36
        C.O.Jones says:

        In which case he should also consider trying to “undodgey dossier” himself.


        • 45
          Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

          Much better if he tops himself :-)


          • C.O.Jones says:

            Not a good idea.

            At some point in the future he may be called as a witness in Tony Blair’s trial at the International Court of Justice.


          • C.O.Jones says:

            If we are lucky he might be a defendant as well. :)


          • Alta Vista says:

            And that’s exactly why he is keeping his mental health and alchoholism aces up his sleeve, so as to potentially use them as grounds for diminished responsibility should he ever end up at the Hague/ICC.

            This sticking up for Miliband has nothing to do with a sense of injustice on Miliband’s behalf, it’s purely about his self preservation and keeping onside with Miliband (a potential future PM) should the proverbial start to hit the fan re. K e l l y/WMDs/dodgy dossiers/Iraq.

            Remember, Miliband did not serve in the cabinet at the time of Iraq/dodgy dossiers.


          • imho says:

            ‘ Alta Vista says:
            And that’s exactly why he is keeping his mental health and alchoholism aces up his sleeve, so as to potentially use them as grounds for diminished responsibility should he ever end up at the Hague/ICC.’

            Same as the poor depressed shit that is Jack Straw. Mate, the very least you deserve is to feel depressed, the very least.


    • 30
      Alex says:

      He can’t even consider making amends until he admits his wrongdoing – I sincerely doubt he could admit it to himself, let alone others.

      Psychos don’t recover from the conditions.


    • 37
      Nostradamus says:

      Aided and abetted by the BBC.


      • 83
        Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

        Why do they endorse him as a legitimate commentator? Isn’t everyone who is forced to pay the licence fee aware that he was a pornographer, an employee of Robert Maxwell, the compiler of the dodgy dossier and the person who instigated the era of spin in British politics, with its consequent loss of belief in politicians and the political process which we live with now?


    • 93
      True redemption comes with a cost says:

      I believe Campbell should be allowed a second chance and an opportunity to begin anew…..after his term in prison for misleading parliament obviously !


      • 145
        KGB corner cafe says:

        .. and after a night out with some of the mates of the guys shown in that faked piccy of UK troops in Iraq….


  16. 23

    I can personally attest to the vicious and, indeed, psychopathic nature of NuLabour under Blair . The Blairs tried and failed to have me prosecuted on bogus charges during the 1997 General Election campaign. For ten years I suffered harassment from the security services. During that time I managed to get Sir Richard Body MP to put down this Early Day Motion in the House of Commons:

    On 10 November 1999 Sir Richard Body MP put down this Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons :

    Sir Richard Body
    That this House regrets that the Right honourable Member for Sedgefield [Tony Blair] attempted to persuade the Metropolitan Police to bring criminal charges against Robert Henderson, concerning the Right honourable Member’s complaints to the police of an offence against the person, malicious letters and racial insult arising from letters Robert Henderson had written to the Right honourable Member complaining about various instances of publicly-reported racism involving the Labour Party; and that, after the Crown Prosecution Service rejected the complaints of the Right honourable Member and the Right honourable Member failed to take any civil action against Robert Henderson, Special Branch were employed to spy upon Robert Henderson, notwithstanding that Robert Henderson had been officially cleared of any illegal action.
    This motion is now part of the official House of Commons record.


    The EDM gives the bare bones of a truly bizarre story. On 13 March 1997, during the six most important weeks of Blair’s life – the 1997 General Election campaign – Tony and Cherie Blair tried to have me put in prison. Through Belgravia Police – Parliament’s local nick – they attempted but comprehensively failed to have me prosecuted for three separate and utterly disparate criminal offences, namely common assault and breaches of the Malicious Communications and Race Relations Acts. The attempt was immediately and unceremoniously rejected by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) who returned the papers within a few hours of them being submitted to them by the police.
    After the Blairs’ humiliating failure to have me prosecuted, I was quite illegally placed under surveillance by the state – I used the Data Protection Act to prove that Special Branch and MI5 had opened files on me and a Daily Mirror story of 25 3 1997 stated that Special Branch were involved (“ Special Branch, who organise protection for MPs, have been informed of the situation”). This surveillance was instigated despite the fact that the CPS had said no crime had been committed and I had never made anything which could have been construed as a threat against them. Tellingly, despite having taking the time to make a complaint against me alleging criminal activity, they refused to take civil action against me despite the much lower evidential test for civil actions (the balance of probabilities test rather than the criminal case standard of beyond a reasonable doubt).

    Read more at http://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/2010/10/26/when-tony-and-cherie-blair-tried-to-have-me-jailed/


    • 125
      Anonymous says:

      Have you any first-rate info about the Iraq War, sexed-up reports or the 45 min warning? For such evidence could be helpful to the fouth-coming film: The Killin£ of Tony Blair.


  17. 24
  18. 33
    Alky Campbell says:

    Come on the clarets .


  19. 39
    Anonymous says:

    out of print but still available – Oborne’s biography of Campbell – still worth a read


  20. 42
    The Fail says:

    “Hate the Mail all you like, but it is possible to hold contempt for more than one product or person at a time”

    Agreed, but something that many here would be advised to take on board instead of screaming that anyone who hates the Mail must therefore be a Communist. I hate the Mail, I hate Campbell, I hate Nazis and I hate Communists. But mention that the Mail was pro-Nazi back in the 30s and I’m accused of being a Labour voter.


    • 48
      Duty Pedant - Dodgy Dossier Division says:

      The dead cannot hold contempt for anything or anyone.


    • 56
      Labour are Splitting says:

      Why entertain the emotion of hate ? It is seriously negative and will damage your health.

      Think positive thoughts:

      Campbell must be held to account and prosecuted, along with the rest.

      Leave the 80 year old Mail articles alone. It was only just over a hundred years ago that the T!mes were running Galton’s pieces about repopulating east Afr!ca with Ch!nese because they are better workers and the nat!ves are lazy.

      Does that make the T!mes rac!st or pro-genocide ?


      • 66
        Maq­boul says:

        He was spot on. Think of how many Somali and Chinese immigrants there are in the UK. Then think of how many of the former are working and how many of the latter are on benefits.


        • 74
          Labour are Splitting says:

          He was spot on. Playing the long game ? ;-)


        • 146
          KGB corner cafe says:

          You must have been asleep at the wheel if you have not noticed that there are already several million Chinese resident all over Africa now, many of whom are there merely for the rayping and pillaging…


      • 121
        Anonymous says:

        Well constructed – but totally misleading. Such comments clearly have a pleace on this site.


  21. 43
    C.O.Jones says:

    Michael Howard sums him up.


    • 59
      Andrew Efiong says:

      Howard gave him a filleting there.

      Nice to see Campbell humiliated and reduced to lashing out in rage. Most satisfying!


    • 63
      Anonymous says:

      Says it all doesn’t it – How Blair ever got involved with the nasty lying bastard will be for the historians to sort out. He make the KGB proud.


    • 95
      Anonymous says:

      Allister said to the DM man on newsnight that once he started pointing he lost the argument, funny how he started pointing and then remembers the new labour body languadge


  22. 46
    John Bercow says:



  23. 47
  24. 49
    The British media are cunts says:

    Perhaps the left like the BBC and Guardian might like to say sorry for trashing Sarah Palin’s family then?

    Richard Bacon got in deep shit with a mental charity over Palin. The BBC have form for attacking the families or right wing politicians.


    • 54
      BBC Rapid Rebuttal Unit says:

      We do not attack families.

      Just the little uns.


      • 69
        Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

        Do you, like me, think The BBC actually had the resources to kill and maim little Maddy, dear?


    • 68
      Andrew Efiong says:

      Who is Richard Bacon?


      • 76
        well there's a surprise says:

        Shamed posh former Blue Peter presenter who
        was sacked for taking coke.
        But of course the BBC re-employed him as
        a radio presenter where he has carte blanche
        to spout his predictably biased views.


  25. 52
    Paniagua v5 says:

    una para la carretera Alistair?

    Go on you know you want to.


  26. 53
    The British media are cunts says:

    Funny that Gweedo mentions Dr D@v1d K£lly but we can’t


    • 119
      Anonymous says:

      Yet, as with Iraq, the Weapons Inspectors are looking for WMD. The time, unlike Dr Kelly, they had better give the “correct” answers.


  27. 64
    Joss Taskin says:

    Alyingstare (Aly) Campbell is such a liar. Has he ever thought of becoming a Liberal Democrat ?


  28. 74
    Adolf GizAJob says:

    why don’t you right wing scum deal with the racist/ fascist preditory natures you have before talking aout anybody else


  29. 77
    Laughing hangman says:

    Campbell, was he involved in the death (murder) of David Kelly, lying to the UK population about so called ‘weapons of mass destruction,’ cash for honours, taking a ‘bernie.’

    Really should be on a treason charge?


    • 117
      Anonymous says:

      While Tony and this mates did all this – plus sexing-up the 45 min WMD claim – did not the Tories willingly vote for the illegal war?


  30. 78
    Paul Dacre says:

    I don’t need you, Guido, to fight my battles. I’m the most misanthropic, duplicitous bigot on the planet. I even make you look like Karl Marx.


  31. 79
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    Interesting YouGov Results:

    This should make Chucka a fairly poor replacement of Miliband if push came to shove.

    The overall 1/3 figure is perhaps an underestimate as many people will likely be less than honest in responding to the question posed.

    One could speculate that UKIP respondents are perhaps more honest.


    • 148
      KGB corner cafe says:

      Not surprising after seeing that ethnic minority POTUS in action for the past few years.


  32. 99
    Raptor says:

    Ed Milliband constantly refers to his father in his speeches, and declares that as Prime Minister he would aim to carry out his father’s “vision” for Britain.

    The Daily Mail has done a public service in showing us exactly what Ralph Milliband’s “vision” amounted to.


    • 114
      TV Nation says:

      Watching ITV’s News, it is clear that the above comments are more than a little back-to-front. For Ed Milliband has done everyone a service by highlighting EXACTLY what the (gate-crashing) Daily Mail stands for.


    • 122
      Anonymous says:

      If Max Mosley were leader of the Conservative Party and gave a Conference speech declare his aim to carry out his father’s “vision” for Britain would the BBC and Guardian be so relaxed?


  33. 110
    Chris The Leatherman says:

    Alistair Campbell – a dog turd on the pavement of political life.


  34. 111
    Blatant Manouevre says:

    Poor guy, all those years to say something about Paul Dacre and it’s only now he speaks up.

    He’s trying to cosy up to Ed Melebund and curry favour with Labour cronies and you can spot it a mile off.


  35. 112
    Hartly - Brewer says:

    A former cabinet minister in the Thatcher government, once tipped for the leadership of our party, Lord Moore, one of Mr Miliband Snr’s former students has said, he was a lovely man, a brilliant teacher, showed respect to all his students regardless of their politics, and never said a wrong word about Britain.

    A typical headline in the Daily Mail comic during the late 30’s

    “Hurrah for the Nazi Thugs”


  36. 118
    Anon says:

    I hope the daily mail doesn’t back down on this and apologises, the scumbag politicians now have the moral high ground.


    • 120
      Anonymous says:

      Totally Agree. Far from backing down, the Daily Mail MUST continue – for it is doing so much danager to itself.


  37. 126
    The Mentor from Fracking on Sea says:

    IT is well known that Alistair Campbell sent most of his directives and spin by text message and mobile someone somewhere mast have all this recorded so all will be revealed in the fullness of time….we’ll all be long gone though


  38. 129
    TV Nation says:

    Question-avoiding cheer-leader for the Daily Mail, Jon Steafel, made 45 min sexed up warning, Campbell Alastair, look like a shining defender of the Truth on Newsnight.


  39. 130
    LoonyLeftWatch says:

    I have seen cries of antisemitism and holocaust survivor abuser from the usual suspects regarding the Daily Mail piece written by Geoffrey Levy. Levy that’s not a J ewish name by any chance?



    • 137
      Yo bro says:

      Oh come on the Mail does its duty by publishing nearly every day a story from a h.oly coast survivor of how they only escaped because the Nast ies had run out of money for the ga.s. They know the rules and social conventions of those in power.


  40. 131
    LoonyLeftWatch says:

    If Alastair Campbell is desperate for a debate why doesn’t he jump on a plane and fly to Baghdad with name tag attached to lapel?


  41. 132
    The Hague says:

    We are waiting for you Alastair…


  42. 134
    LyingLoonyLeftWatch says:


  43. 136
    Jimmy says:

    But you should make in clear that in no way does he have you rattled


  44. 151
    tparchie says:

    Campbell’s bluster here (BBC site) made me wonder if the Mail had struck a nerve.


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