October 3rd, 2013

WATCH: Alastair Campbell’s Demeaning of Politics

“The way he bullied and lied his way across our political life do more to lower the tone of political life, our public life, than anybody else…”


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  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    we know that

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    • 6
      Jim says:

      Mr Campbell was simply brilliant during the Newsnight confrontation

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      • 7
        Campbell appears to own Newsnight says:

        Which Newsnight confrontation? there’s been so many.

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        • 21
          Jim says:

          The one in which he confronted a spokesman for the Nazi loving comic known as the Daily Mail.

          Does anybody know why it is known amongst the informed as ‘The Forgers Gazette?

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          • Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

            Do metalworkers use it like Andrex, dear?

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          • Marxism=Mass Murder says:

            Yes Jimmy.

            As least the DM has not been responsible for a Dodgy Dossier Comic that led to the deaths of tens of thousands of real people…..you know soldiers, Iraqi men, women, children…..that sort of thing. I’m sure “Tourettes” is a fine example of socialism at play.

            Just like Marxism – which independent estimates (UN) show exterminated an estimated 80 million in China, 500,000 in Tibet, 40 million in the Soviet Union, 150,000 in Cuba, 800,000 in Kampuchea, 250,000 in N Korea…….etc etc. That apart from the ruined hopes of successive generations under it’s vicious thought police & state bullies.

            Very comic.

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          • Ma­qb­oul says:

            Is it because it forged photographs of British soldiers beating up Iraqis thereby making the real British troops over there even more liable to attack from extremists.

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          • Stasi Watch says:

            That’s why most East European migrants are unlikely to Vote Labour or for any socialist party.

            They & their families experienced socialism first hand.

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          • Private Eyefull says:

            Magboul

            I think you are referring to the socialist supporting Daily Mirror, once edited by Tourettes.

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        • 22
          Django lowering the tone of public discourse! says:

          Campbell was slightly nodding his head in agreement at each accusation made by Howard… ?

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      • 26
        RomaBob....supporting benefits and Red ED. says:

        Campbell’s lips were moving, he was spouting a diatribe of abusive words, does not mean he won or was being truthful. :)

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      • 80
        Jim says:

        You should use your own name.

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    • 17
      He wasn't All Bad just Al says:

      At least Campbell was not afraid to stand up to the BBC. Unlike Dave who tests every idea before a BBC focus group first.

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      • 52
        Rhonddapurple says:

        …which, as a brave properly elected representative of the people he had every right to do…oh wait…

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      • 70
        Anonymous says:

        Um, but he stood up to them when they were telling the truth because he didn’t like the truth.

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    • 74

      One of Lord Howard’s finest moments, and Campbell dare not say a word in his own defence.

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  2. 2
     Something of the night.... says:

    …about both of them. Your “do” needs a “es”, btw.

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  3. 3
    Has Herman lost the plot? says:

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  4. 4
    Newsnight says:

    Alastair is now our ‘go to’ attack dog so his past is forgiven.

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  5. 8
    Lexander says:

    Why does anybody take notice of this failed shyster? He is yesterday’s distorted news. He will not be forgiven by dozens of journalists!

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  6. 9
    Is Bad Al Back? says:

    I thought Campbell had left politics and was working for the Mentally Handicapped society these days.

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    • 20
      BBC PR Dept says:

      Are you referring to us?

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      • 37
        scrumpy says:

        He had a letter in the Telegraph the other day
        on behalf of some organisation that wants to
        make booze more expensive.
        As a responsible drinker,that bonkers idea would
        cause me a ‘cost of living crisis’.
        Why should I be forced to pay more because of sad
        alkie jokers like Campbell?

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    • 71
      Anonymous says:

      I was not aware that Mr Campbell was a ‘politician’.

      It would help me enormously with my studies if you could let me have the results at any of his attempts to get elected.

      Thank you in advance.

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      • 75

        Not all politicians are elected. There’s one eccentric old geezer in my area who for years has turned up on every local council ballot sheet and gets himself in the papers regularly round the area in between – not a sniff at a win.

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  7. 10
    Bill Quango MP -9 says:

    This is a repeat isn’t it?

    Are we now reading new Guy-déjà vu +1 ?

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  8. 11
    Bill E Bong says:

    Australia has recently had a general election. The main concern was about the number of illegal immigrants arriving daily. Government sources suggest around 60,000. Aboriginal sources say it’s more like twenty two and a half million of the bastards.

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  9. 12
    Mr. F says:

    Are you going to publish an update with John Rentoul’s point on Howard’s billboards?

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  10. 13
    Chubby Dave's cat says:

    in all the ways of looking at a thing, looking at it from the looking of a small child.
    Or a child of the same age but in a different place would look differently to them.
    say some child born north of the river in Dublin would be getting load of shit put into his head about the English ?
    I think so, history is just that gone. It was not me or any of my friends tried to strong arm you. you quest for self understanding is the same as my yorkshire quest for understanding. but your politicians chose to join with the Europeans and abandoned us for the sluts favours but we are a forgiving parent.
    Join with us once more. create a true United Isles of Freedom

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  11. 15
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    Government spokesman says he’s 4000% certain the regulator can control payday loans

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  12. 16
    Jim says:

    Michael Howard is that the pathetic, ‘something about the night’ ex Tory leader trounced by Tony?
    Surely we are not expected to take the slightest notice of him

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    • 24
      Comrade Stalin says:

      Gordon Brown is that the pathetic, ‘something about the nappy’ ex labour leader trounced by Dave?
      Surely we are not expected to take the slightest notice of him..though I admit the smell is hard to ignore.

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    • 29
      Jim is a Knob says:

      Ask any Iraq war vet or the family of soldiers killed or injured in Iraq what they think of Alastair Campbell.

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      • 45
        his kids must be so proud... says:

        Campbell is that bullying porn-writing,former hack
        at comic Daily Mirror, who lied to the country over
        Iraq.
        Surely we’re not expected to take any notice of him?

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        • 84
          That was then - This is now. says:

          Campbell seems to be getting it right – this time. Poor old Daily Mail, getting a good kicking on live TV. Don’t you just love it?

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      • 62
        Jim says:

        Mr Campbell was superb in his confrontation with the spokesman for that well known comic , the Daily Mail – ‘The Forgers Gazette’ which later developed into a Nazi loving joke publication.

        ‘The Forgers Gazette’? Well worth investigating

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  13. 18
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    One hopes it is open season on Campbell.

    The combination of he, M’ax C’lifford, M’organ and a few others poisoned public life over a period of years. Those who were in authority and allowed that to happen do bear ultimate responsibility.

    What is going to finally finish Campbell off is he is too arrogant to admit his mistakes. There will be very few who will care about that.

    In any case, isn’t he going to be prosecuted over his part in distorting the intelligence dossier which led to the !raq war ?

    The events which played out over Syr!a do suggest that if this evidence had not been fabricated, ultimately misleading both the HoC and the UN, then the resolution authorizing conflict would not have passed and a lot of people would not have been killed.

    The economic cost of that conflict would not have been dumped on the UK either.

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    • 32
      Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

      What will finally finish off Mr. Campbell is death, dear.

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    • 35
      Chilcot says:

      Seen Elsewhere above …Oborne worth a read.

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      • 49
        Casual Observer 3 says:

        Yes, saw that. Good article. (Didn’t know Campbell was behind the Major / underpants slur…)

        Looking forward to the next installments, there will no doubt be more coming out the woodwork as well.

        Cannot eat popcorn with this, as Campbell tends to make me vom!t.

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    • 39
      Lexander says:

      Casual Observer makes some good points.

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      • 48
        they'll stoop to nothing says:

        Labour were quite happy to use Millie Dowlers’ name
        as part of the attempts to censor our free press.

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    • 46
      Jim says:

      Interesting that you do not include Tim Bell on your list

      Was the ‘Witney Plonker’ now masquerading as one of Rebekah’s ‘country supper guests’ a failed spin doctor?

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      • 54
        Casual Observer 3 says:

        Not letting Cameron off the hook, but the Conservative spin machine has been no where near as hostile towards the interest of the country as the previous Labour one was. That will play itself out over time separately.

        If Cameron had been successful in going into Syr!a, which he could have done had he got, say, Tim Bell to sex up the JIC report and not had a vote then perhaps it could be fair to equivocate.

        That did not happen.

        Thinking about it, David Bell should perhaps be slotted into the list of names above. The media watchdogs and regulators are not entirely innocent.

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      • 68
        Mr Foxton says:

        Failed in what way? Have you seen his house?

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  14. 27
    Chubby Dave's cat says:

    in all the time that has gone you say well “there is a lot of water has gone under bridge”, it is bollocks, time is immaterial, well to me anyway, if a thing is going to be like a thing it is going to be like a thing anyway, is no matter if it happens now or it happens in 20 years time, the “It is going to be like thing” is going to happen.
    So there is no need for you Irish gangsters, just fucking ask politely.
    x

    love and kisses

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    • 44
      Chubby Dave's cat says:

      it is just the normal play of things. at one time we were the dominant culture because we are superior in thinking ability, but now we release the leads to you other fuckwits, let’s see what sort of a pudding you can make from these ingredients.

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  15. 28
    Anonandon says:

    Campbell is a complete and utter Hunt (no polite *)

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  16. 31
    Chilcot says:

    Won’t be long now Ally. You will be totally exonerated.

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  17. 33
    Anonandon says:

    if I type Hunt will it come out as c*nt

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  18. 42
    Holy Cow! says:

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  19. 53
    Gaye Mann (Mrs) says:

    Campbell should be living in fear that early morning hammering on his door.

    I suspect he’s not settled up with his milkman for ages.

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    • 59
      Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

      If my Reg, God bless him, ate anything stronger than a korma it would cause an early morning hammering on the door, dear.

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  20. 57
    Johnny Norfolk says:

    Campbell is just a nasty bully boy. Mr Howard was spot on.

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  21. 60
    WatchingGuidowetthebed says:

    Dear Guido – you forgot to date this Newsnight excerpt…. 2007 was it, five years ago perhaps… The words “clutching” and “straws” come to mind… “pathetic” would also seem appropriate. Oh dear, oh dear.

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    • 79
      Hypocrite Watch says:

      Although when the left digs up 80-year old stuff from the Mail with all those involved long dead and buried, the words ‘clutching’ and ‘straws’ conveniently don’t come to mind.

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  22. 60

    Bit pathetic this Mr Campbell, like an old hasbeen actor being dragged on to the stage again and again.

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    • 64
      this sums up Campbell says:

      A poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage
      ….a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,signifying nothing.

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  23. 66
    Paul Dacre says:

    Well, this is relevant.

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  24. 67
    The British media are cunts says:

    Get cancer and die Campbell you cuunt.

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  25. 69
    fed-up in britan says:

    campell is a spite- full ex- pisshead.And a spent force. Now he wants to suck up to the heir to blair. vote u-kip

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    • 72
      Anonymous says:

      Lord Heseltine says 02 10 13 , UKIP are just a bunch of ‘racist’ loons

      I notice the Harrods ‘king of the brown envelope’ brigade and disgraced Tory minister Hamilton is now a senior figure amongst the lunatics.

      How long will he last?

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      • 87
        Cyn Ickle says:

        I think you will find that they were declared innocent actually. The brown envelopes started to appear at around the time of cash for honours started under milipede’s lot.

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    • 73
      DBHAT says:

      But he absolutlely carved up the other guy on this occasion. The Daily Mail chap was deeply uncomfortable defending the Mails attempted knifing of Miliband. Dacre will deal with him in time.

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      • 78
        This is the BBC, Cambpbell, here boy - attack! says:

        It’s certainly not easy taking on the Campbell / BBC axis of evil that’s for sure.

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        • 82
          Anonymous says:

          While it’s not easy taking on the gate-crashing Mail – Ed does not seem to be doing a bad job right now.

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  26. 85
    Quotes to Note says:

    “It seems to me that if anyone excels in denigrating and often vilifying a lot about modern Britain, it’s the Daily Mail”.

    Nick Clegg on LBC radio

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  27. 86
    Jimmy says:

    So Dacre’s gimp repeatedly and pathetically dodges a question on Newsnight and who does it remind you of?

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Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:

“Sunday, May 10, 1998

Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.

After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.

I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.

They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].

I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”



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