October 24th, 2013

Confirmed: Mad Al is Back

Alastair Campbell tells Total Politics he will help Labour in the run up to 2015, admitting he advised Miliband on his conference speech and fight with the Mail.

“Yeah, probably, but I don’t know to what extent or how. It’s been really weird here, having all these Tories saying, ‘You’ve got to get in… you should’, it’s like they want a bit of a… Both at Labour and here I’ve had people saying, ‘You’ve got to get involved’. I will get involved… I talk to Ed a lot. I talked to him about his speech, the Dacre thing, you know. He phones me a lot and so do some of the others.”

As readers of Guido’s Sun on Sunday column found out three weeks ago:

“BAD Al is back! Alastair Campbell was overheard at a boozy party during the Tory conference in Manchester boasting about missed calls from Ed Miliband’s grouchy strategy chief Tom Baldwin. When Tom was a journalist and Campbell was Blair’s spin-doctor, Baldwin was his favourite mouthpiece and poison spreader. Now it seems they are getting the old band back together, with Campbell directing Baldwin and Miliband on Labour’s strategy over the row about his Marxist father. Miliband claims Labour have learnt from the past and operate in a “different” way now, yet the old faces don’t match the words.”

As Ed said when he became leader: “The new generation of Labour is different. Different attitudes, different ideas, different ways of doing politics.”


127 Comments

  1. 1
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    PMQ’s

  2. 2
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    PMQ’s

  3. 3
    Michael Gove says:

    PMQ’s

  4. 4
    Adam Afriyie says:

    Get off this blog .You’re nothing but a “con man”

    Cast Iron guarantee,my arse !

  5. 5
    Vote UKIP - don't get owned says:

    Same old Labour. Destroying businesses and jobs for populist appeal. Borrowing more, spending more and getting the country into more debt that our children and grandchildren will have to pay back. They are back worshipping at the foot of the magic money trees.

  6. 6
    nellnewman says:

    “they are getting the old band back together..”

    the same old poisonous labour – labour never changes

    Everytime I see or hear of alycampbell my first thoughts are wmd at 45mins, dodgier dossiers and the untimely de a th of D r D a v i d K e l l y.

  7. 7
    The hard pressed middle class says:

    One Nation Tories are listening to you….

    Say something sensible please Prime Minister,and just calm down fatty.

  8. 8
    nellnewman says:

    +100

  9. 9
    Ric Holden,CCHQ says:

    I say what does this have to do with this story please?

  10. 10
    ancientpopeye says:

    I see ‘Bad Al’ is still as full of shite.

  11. 11
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    How is Campbell going spin Unite’s colossal fuck up at Grangemouth? Back to the ’60s with Len, to destroy jobs, incomes, and profits.

  12. 12
    Roses are red , so is Ed, roses smell nice says:

    So the sewers go directly to red Ed and his gang of Liebour crap, time the LibLabCons were flushed away into the past

  13. 13
    ancientpopeye says:

    Duh! bad Al coming back, read the piece and you might grasp the gist.

  14. 14

    Slime-Ball back in action? Ed must feel a bit like the bride whose middle-aged uncle who thinks he can cut it on the disco floor turns up at the wedding bash without an invite.

  15. 15
    ancientpopeye says:

    And I thought he was behind it, like, “they’re bluffing, strike brothers”, boy was he wrong.

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Has he finished mopping up the blood of the dead in Iraq yet?

  17. 17
    Alastair Campbell says:

    WMDs.

  18. 18
    Alastair Campbell says:

    Na. Can’t be arsed.

  19. 19
    delirium tremens R us says:

    Nothing like a reformed alcoholic spin doctor polishing his new, improved halo.
    Ed’s Socialist ‘ lessons have been learned promise’ combined with mad Al’s self induced amnesia of doing anything wrong in a previous life shows just how far they will sink to re-grasp the levers of power.

  20. 20
    Bluto says:

    How long are the British public going to fall for Labour’s scam of re-inventing itself so that it can avoid responsibility for all its past crimes?

    When this obnoxious git appeared on Newsnight over Miliband’s Marxist mentor you could almost see the bile leaving his ugly mouth. A truly horrible specimen whose malice is writ large in his face.

  21. 21
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP

  22. 22
    John Major says:

    Same old Tories

    David Cameron accused of dodging concerns over loophole that costs Treasury at least £500m a year

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eurobond-tax-scandal-david-cameron-accused-of-dodging-concerns-over-loophole-that-costs-treasury-at-least-500m-a-year-8899864.html

  23. 23
    Chocolate Fireguard says:

    GTF

  24. 24

    Why do the words: leopards changing and spots, all come to mind?

  25. 25
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    Is the UK that bereft of talent that this worthless sack of yesterday’s shit, failed completely in the US incidentally, has to show up and attempt to redo his old job ?

    This is almost as sad as G’reenspan spinning the line the other day that the stock market is on the way up again, whilst 2 minutes with a pencil and back of a cigarette packet will show that this is not the case.

    Why hasn’t Campbell been indicted for his part in falsifying the WMD dossier. The guy is scum.

  26. 26
    Living in 98.11% white Merseyside says:

    Easy to say when they’re in opposition but it always different when they’re in power.

  27. 27
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    Probably best to ignore this mother fucker.

    If Labour get in and he is involved you know that the vote was rigged.

  28. 28
    Vote UKIP - don't get owned says:

    Let’s face it, any old Labour could beat the pants off the current Tory shit running the country. If they do get in it will not be because of UKIP and Lib Dems and Tories voting Labour, it will be 100% because of the record of Cameron and Clegg.

    Yes they have not done as bad as Labour would have done with the economy but what hope is there for the future of this sceptered isle with a choice between Labour and Tory who have done so much harm over the years to the the UK? Well pleb them both. I am voting for change. If that means Labour getting in well pleb you.The Tories, let’s not forget, voted to keep the electoral system as first past the post. They got what they wanted. So if they come whingeing about UKIP votes letting in Labour then I will laugh in their face. Maybe next time these sheep will come to their senses. But I doubt it.

  29. 29
    Living in 98.11% white Merseyside says:

    They were a winning combination, Big Bad Al, the Machiavellian Mr Mandelson and that nice Mr Blair.

    And don’t forget for 10 years there was the Iron Chancellor.

  30. 30
    Vote UKIP - don't get owned says:

    NHS. Stafford.

  31. 31
    Steve Miliband says:

    Still not brave enough to stand for election though.

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    PMS more like

  33. 33
    Andy Burnham (murderer) says:

    Same old Labour.

    We stand accused of doing nothing whilst the NHS killed tens of thousands of patients. But I didn’t do nothing; I worked very hard to cover it up.

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Has he got cancer yet?

  35. 35
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    He’s not a Machiavellian anything.

    He is a repressed homosexual c’unt, and probably p’aedophile.

  36. 36
    altruism in industry says:

    The turnover must be colossal if the owner wants to hang on to a business losing 300 million ( is that a year ?).
    and they want to import gas from the USA to turn it around, is there a transatlantic gas pipe ?

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    Because Cameron is too busy trying on jumpers

  38. 38
    Tory Party RIP - killed by Camoron says:

    Next time?

  39. 39
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    The UK economy is growing, but not as fast as its debt.

  40. 40
    Repeat and repeat then do the damage says:

    £500 million peanuts, Liebour and the NHS computers £12 billion, I wonder how much the councils lost in Presclotts pushing to put their pensions and savings into Icelandic banks before they went tits up, you say potaato, others say potato, both Liebour and Conservative politicians should be in jail for the damage they have done to the country but as you seem to see better thru rose coloured glasses, stick with it .

  41. 41
    Derek Drapër says:

    Debt is not a problem.

  42. 42
    We have 45 Minutes to save the World but is it worth the bother ?? says:

    Two words: “Dodgy Dossier”

  43. 43
    Keep Calm, Vote UKIP says:

    He was drunk then, wasn’t he ?

    Vote UKIP

  44. 44
    Gordon Brown says:

    Tax cuts take money out of the economy.

    No more boom and bust.

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

    As any decent Scot will tell you “Never trust a Campbell”

  46. 46
    Same old Labour, same old Liars says:

    How about “mass murderer”?

  47. 47
    The Flying Spaghetti Machine says:

    The problem is easy to solve.

    Give Campbell’s home address and itinerary to your local neighborhood J’ihadi’s which some old press clippings, and let nature take it’s course.

    Simples.

  48. 48
    Vote UKIP - don't get owned says:

    They will always land you in the soup.

  49. 49
    Steve Miliband says:

    Have the SNP bought Grangemouth yet?

    They’re fucking experts at running a loss making Petro Chemical plant in need of 10 years investment. I mean they own an airport. What could possibly go wrong.

  50. 50
    It is I, LeClerc says:

    For those who missed it last night, here’s the gobsmackingly horrendous appearance of Russell Brand on Newsnight in which he, quite sadly, seems to think he’s funny. When he says profit is a dirty word, viewers should bear in mind he’s a millionaire. Another one from the Jimmy Carr school of hypocrisy.

  51. 51
    Andy Bumhum says:

    Talking of Labour poison and filth…….

  52. 52
    Allan, you at t'bar says:

    He said the Prophet is a dirty word ??? Off with his head !

  53. 53
    A Libertarian says:

    Reduce the size of government and reduce the tax burden on companies.

    Once the savings of avoiding tax are reduced to the point where companies will find no incentive to engage in avoiding practices, tax receipts will increase.

    With reduced size of government the requirement for high tax diminishes and businesses will be able to compete properly and remain profitable.

  54. 54
    The 90% who don't support UKIP says:

    For as long as UKIP prop up the Labour party’s electoral prospects.

  55. 55
    The 90% who don't support UKIP says:

    Are you a self-harmer, by any chance?

  56. 56
    Owen Jones says:

    I’m going to The Car Phone Warehouse later today to see if I can buy a phone without this new American bugging feature.

  57. 57
    Thousands of dead people says:

    Why is this man not in prison?

  58. 58
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    If only we’d started fracking earlier.

  59. 59
    LabLibCon Alliance of EU loving thieves says:

    Don’t Call Me Dave’s mob of closet Marxist’s worship at the foot of the same ‘magic money tree’?

    When they leave power in 2015, they will have doubled madman Brown’s national debt.

    Conservative? My arse.

  60. 60
    The Piss soaked tramp known as TAT says:

    David”Con Man” Cameron has “lost control” of his government amid differences between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats on energy policy, right wing political blogger,Guido Fawkes is expected to say later today.

  61. 61
    Empty Promise says:

    “Say something sensible please Prime Minister”

    There’s your problem, right there.

  62. 62
    Steve Miliband says:

    Off his head

  63. 63
    Bugging Fone says:

    We have very honorable Ch!nese alternative. Good price !

  64. 64
    Andy Bumhum says:

    :)

  65. 65
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    With all this talk of spying I make a point of talking utter rubbish at least once a day and type some really daft things on the internet too.

    If Guido’s investigative journalism runs to overhearing conversations in public houses his viewing figures may at first rise but eventually plummet.

  66. 66
    Con man says:

    Thankfully the Tories have righteously hired Lynton Crosby to ‘destroy the Labour party’. So at least they will be fighting clean (just like Mr Crosby did in Aus). Unlike Labour with their ‘poison spreader’.

  67. 67
    Coooey you at home says:

    Hiya TwAT, your right about Camoron, you miseed out the lunatic that really is the problem Cloggy, Cloggy will be warm this winter while us plebs freeze as he just pust his expenses in and gets the taxpayer to pay him, still no blog TwAT can’t wait to read your expertise on the political rubbish we have in the HOC.

  68. 68
    National Socialism is Socialism says:

    The main prop for Labour is the Conservative party.

    Vote Conservative, get Lib Dem.

    That is the problem.

  69. 69
    Concerned voter says:

    Vote UKIP get UKIP, dickhead.

  70. 70
    Thames Dover Wight says:

    How does this idiot make his money? From someone’s profit the chappie is to thick take seriously. Well it is the bolshi broadcaster.

  71. 71
    On the beach,sunglasses in the car says:

    Do you think it Prime Ministerial to ,at the drop of a hat, change policy when something is flagged up as a seeming problem by the Leader of the Opposition?

    When Milliband started mouthing off about Millie Dowler and the Press, Cameron at first made out he was talking nonsense but then opened up Leveson and look where we are today.

    Since then if Milliband drones on about something Cameron jumps.

    I will definitely not be voting for Milliband at the next Election. It is he who in reality has been running the country into the ground over the last two year.

  72. 72
    Harry Krishna says:

    I don’t see any photos on the wall of his beloved Robert Maxwell!

  73. 73
    Casual Observer 4 says:

    On the subject of leak, this is worth a read:

    http://cryptome.org/2013/10/the-art-of-leak.htm

    It would appear that K’elly made mistake of leaking during a time of war, and as can be seen, was killed.

    Not to justify his killing, but puts it into context.

    The next question is what happened to Cook.

  74. 74
    Honest, it was him says:

    Camorons Conservatives PR wise couldn’t destroy a wet paper bag, if they could they would be well ahead in the polls, they stagger from one disaster to another, leaving red ED and his crap tribe to carry on putting extra coats of whitewash where the holes show, until they get rid of Clegg and the Libshites 2014/2015 is going to be popcorn time for the Liebour tribe.

  75. 75
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    A MESSAGE TO UNITE


  76. 76
    Rhodes Boyson says:

    Exactly!

    Get id of Cameron now and replace him with Nick Soames who just happens to be related to Churchill.

    Scream down the phone in public to Obamha, go on a Middle East Visit, get the aircraft carriers in service and go to the Electorate with a true Conservative agenda pointing out that we are all fed up with Socialist meandering and failures.

  77. 77
    Postal Votes are Labour Loo Paper says:

    Does anyone listen to this sack of shite? Fuck off and die.

  78. 78
    UKIP or bust says:

    If the scotmen get indipendance does that mean we can stop this slimy coward campbell coming in our country?

  79. 79
    Thomas says:

    Fawkesy, I would suggest that Dave and Gideon start getting their act together, Teddy’s got his Alky, so who is going sort out Dave & co they have 18 months to get themselves organised and not keep changing their minds. If Alky has got himself totally sorted out, the Cons will have problems, big problems. The LibDems I am afraid have shot their bolt and maybe back to <20 mps as they are part of the present government, they do not get credit for the good things done, but they get a lot of the flack for things that have gone wrong, they will pay dearly for going into coalition.
    UKip have their leader, publicist, strategist, cheerleader all in one person, Nigel Farage.
    As regarding the Tories put yourself forward to be communications director and strategist, I am sure your personal magnetism and dynamism would increase the Tory vote

  80. 80
    Casual Observer 4 says:

    The press regulation and hacking was an attempt to front run and cover up the much wider and politically sensitive problem of EU / GCHQ / NSA surveillance that happens.

    They probably hoped to get this nixed, with public support before S’nowden spilled the beans.

    The S’nowden event was an existential problem.

    This incidentally points to press regulation as not being a solution, and brings into very sharp relief the real insignificance of the phone h’acking saga which in context only affected a handful of immoral reprobates whereas the security services intrusion has affected pretty much everyone.

  81. 81
    Fishy says:

    Wreckers

  82. 82
    BBC News Editor says:

    In the meantime, the BBC will continue to pretend that Mr Campbell and his lovely consort are wise and independently minded sages who should constantly be given the best possible platform from which to point out the deficiencies of the government and the great improvements which would follow under a Milibandwagon government …

  83. 83
    Too Far says:

    This idiot of all idiots just repeats his self again and again, Just cannot see this man as prime minister, Even worse representing UK on the “world stage”

  84. 84
    Nigel Farage says:

    I agree. Then we can have a country run by a random collection of loons presided over by me. Roll on Chequers …

  85. 85
    Fishy says:

    So the BBC endlessly gave us Miliband and Campbell, in defence of the Communist Miliband Sr, knowing full well that they were working as a tag team.

  86. 86
    Anonymous says:

    Obviously,thanks to 13 years of Labour, we have had to put things right befrore starting again.Dont behave as though we had a clean slate 3 years ago because that is dishones !

  87. 87
    Your dad says:

    Forget that. Focus on your English.

  88. 88
    Anonymous says:

    Ha Ha ! that should be “say something sensible Mr Milliband” any 43 year old who bangs on about his Dad on national media for a whole week cant criticise anybody !

  89. 89
    Thomas says:

    It is quite probable that Grangemouth was already pencilled in to close (certainly from what their representative has been talking about in radio interviews), Unite probably acted in the way they normally do and just jumped in as calculated and then they get the blame for the plant closing. Nothing in politics and business is ever exactly what it appears on the surface.

  90. 90
    Education, Edyerkayshun, Eddyookaashun says:

    Why ?

  91. 91
    I thought only Twosomes were allowed in GayDave's Poofs Charter? says:

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately he was born here. That explains one of the chips on his shoulder.

  93. 93
    Owen says:

    ‘cos coming is spelled incorrectly.

  94. 94
    Anonymous says:

    Im more concerned as he is a nasty fecker to be honest, and really Labour dont need any encouragement on that score.

  95. 95
    Man in the street says:

    Drink might get him first, though.

  96. 96
    Anonymous says:

    It makes me laugh the way Allys consort, Fiona Miller is wheeled out in discussions (on BBC,of course) on education,Im sure if people knew who she is they wouldnt take any notice of her stupid, biased comments !

  97. 97
  98. 98
    Anonymous says:

    Or possibly if the workers had co operated the place could have been saved ? The wage bill must be huge, i heard they ae all on £55,000 a year !

  99. 99
    Anonymous says:

    Nigel, love.You have to win 300 seats in the HOC to get Chequers! and as you havent even got 1 MP(and are not an MP yourself) i dont think you will ever be PM.You really must google “Government uk”

  100. 100
    Anonymous says:

    I thought it was implied that he was drunk on some recent BBC outings.

  101. 101
    Anonymous says:

    He looks years older than in the Tony years, i must say.

  102. 102
    nmj says:

    Don’t give those clowns ideas, FFS.

  103. 103
    Anonymous says:

    The main prop for Labour is the morons who vote for them, no matter what havoc they cause.(Because their dear old Dad did)

  104. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Its october, you moron !

  105. 105
    Anonymous says:

    You are a hoot !

  106. 106
    Anonymous says:

    Thank you Vicar.

  107. 107
    Anonymous says:

    And how many MPs do you have exactly? Cnuthead.

  108. 108
    geordieboy says:

    I call upon the ghost of Maggie Thatcher to haunt Big Bad Al every day for the rest of his life. That should get him back on the drink again.

  109. 109
    Anne says:

    As we have been denied a REFERENDUM on the EU we are going to use the General Election in 2015 as the REFERENDUM we have been denied, AND, as we know-without doubt- ALL THREE MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES WANT TO REMAIN IN THE EU-FOREVER, we will not be voting for any of those three. S0 Guys and Gals, we ARE having a referendum on the EU only it is called “The General Election and it takes place in 2015. This may well be the only chance to decide who is to Govern this Country-make it happen.

  110. 110
    Noggin the Nog (Snr) says:

    At least wonga don’t make your grandchildren pay the bill.

  111. 111
    Fanny Adams says:

    Not to mention their embarrassing performance on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. They were sent off very early – most people on their own can get past this stage but these 2 were soon booted off – hilarious!! It still makes me laugh to this day. Smug, sanctimonious, arrogant bastard.

  112. 112
    King Cnut says:

    Re the Brand/Paxman interview: – It was a brilliant performance. Packman had no where to go because he knew Brand was right. Don’t forget either that Brand does a great deal for charity. He actually does care and has compassion for others which is something sadly lacking in a profit driven world.
    When he talks of profit in a negative context he means greed – bonus driven corporate cultures encourage greed through bonus payment structures. With regard to Banks it has been largely forgotten that prior to introducing such schemes Banks in this country, at least, were one of the few honest institutions around and why everyone had such faith in them. No one ever had faith in politicians but its true to say that some are less trustworthy than others and the least trustworthy of all are the likes of political advisers aka Ally C and Demon Mc B.

  113. 113
    Sir Sidney Bunberry-Dewdrop says:

    your comment on last nights plod thread certainly demonstrates you type some daft things !

  114. 114
    Ed Balls says:

    Ed Balls

  115. 115

    Different? Still the same old Marxist theories, tarted up with 2013 speak and buzz words!

  116. 116
    ACPO Inc (Ltd) says:

    His goose got basted?

  117. 117
    Treacle tart says:

    Can you explain why you keep posting this irrelevance?

  118. 118
    Treacle tart and custard says:

    Yes, his brother as Foreign Secretary was a complete disaster and made the UK a laughing stock all over the world. This one will be even worse.

  119. 119
    Treacle tart and custard says:

    Ee by goom, summit kweer ‘ere.

  120. 120

    Memo to Conservative and Lib/Dem MPs: Do not go for a walk in the woods.

  121. 121
    Truthteller says:

    What a Hunt!!!

  122. 122
    nick says:

    Alistair Campbell, the worst member Labour ever had, is now advising Ed Milliband. Just shows that Labour NEVER learn NEVER remember and NEVER tell the truth. Just another 2 Labout sphincters.

  123. 123
    Thomas says:

    Note I did say,”If Alky has got himself totally sorted out” if he hasn’t Liebore could be in trouble. If someone depends on a substance alcohol or drugs they are never really cured, it only needs one set back and they fall back on their addiction as a prop.

  124. 124
    Nigel Farage says:

    But Plan B is that Dave gives me the keys to chequers in return for a no-compete pact in Tory-held seats and target marginals ….

  125. 125
    A Blast From The Past says:

    Cars and Boats and Planes, time was when Britain made all of these – and then Thatcher got in.

  126. 126
    Dangerous Brian says:

    succinct, pithy and probably 100% spot on

  127. 127
    Dangerous Brian says:

    what a 2 faced c**t


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