Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Twitter Media Bitch Fight of the Week: Blair v Brown Proxy Hate

A friendly exchange between Sky buddies Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pierce was rudely interrupted last night by a tetchy Bad Al Campbell.

The proxy war between Blairites (Campbell) and Brownites (Maguire) will run and run.

The needling is sharp:

Ouch.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Bad Al: ‘One Nation’ Means Nothing

Simon Danczuk being mean about Miliband’s flagship One Nation slogan is one thing, now it seems Ed’s special phone-a-friend Alastair Campbell thinks it’s a load of rubbish as well. Bad Al tells the Fabian Society this afternoon:

“One Nation Labour worked last year for Ed’s speech but it wasn’t followed through with hard-hitting policy. One Nation is not established. It means to the public whatever the public wants it to mean.”

In other words, nothing. 

Thursday, October 24, 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.”

Thursday, October 3, 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.

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…”

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ed Can Do Better

Ed tried to stitch up a seat for Bad Al. Panic not, Campbell claims he turned the offer down, telling the Times:

“Burnley was one of the seats around the country that the party planned for an all-woman shortlist, Ed offered to un-pick it if I fancied running for it, and I thought long and hard. But in the end I decided against it.”

As Guido reported at the time, despite denials, Campbell’s wife Fiona Miller was looking to stand in Hampstead when Glenda Jackson announced she was standing down. Thankfully she has also thought better of the idea. You have to question Ed’s judgement given he was willing to bend the rules for someone so toxic. Very “new politics”…

What could have caused Bad Al to spurn the chance to further the cause of his beloved Labour Party in parliament? He would of course have to give up the lucrative fees for “strategic advice” to tyrants and declare the villa in France in the register of interests…

Wednesday, September 25, 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…

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Now Bad Al Weighs in to Criticise Labour’s Messaging

While there have been calls for Labour to bring back Mandy, don’t forget that other controversial blast from the past Alastair Campbell. Well he is not going to let you anyway. Campbell is the latest Labour figure to offer their, ever so welcome, two-cents on where Miliband and his message are going wrong:

“…the very good record of the last Labour government has been blunted if not lost as a political weapon. Steve Richards is absolutely right to be arguing in the FT today that Labour must be more robust in defending the record… Labour have played into Tory hands on this, and there needs to be an admission of that, so that even at this late stage, a proper debate and a proper reckoning of the record can be had.”

Thanks for your input, Alastair. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bad Al’s Firm Spins for 3,943% APR Pay-Day Lenders

Though he’s more of a Herod than a Jesus, Mad Al Campbell got all righteous on us earlier with the news that Archbishop of Canterbury is declaring war on pay-day lending firms like Wonga. Once again he should check his own parish. Campbell is retained by spinmeisters Portland PR, so he might want to have a look at his firm’s client list. Portland represent TxT Loan, who just happen to offer pay-day loans with 3943% APR. Is he attacking Wonga for commercial rivalry reasons?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mrs Mad Al Throws in Towel

The ghastly Fiona Millar finally woke up to the fact that her psycho husband was always going to blow her chances of becoming an MP. According to the StandardMrs Alastair Campbell has pulled out of the race to be the next Member for Hampstead. Despite how toxic his name is on the doorstep, thanks to the blood on his hands, the Campbells are spinning away to the very end: they’ve blamed Ed’s vague education policy as the reason. Instead of the poisonous legacy of him indoors.


Seen Elsewhere

Ed Balls’ Speech Was Pointless | Dan Hodges
Media Movements: James Lyons to Sunday Times | Media Guido
Rebekah Brooks in Line for £7 Million Payout | Times
A Different Sort of Class War | Telegraph
Labour Candidate’s Links to Ex-BNP Member | Breitbart
McVey Dodges White Dee Debate | Speccie
Labour Candidate: Churchill Was a White Supremacist | Mail
LibDems Stand By Disgraced Sex Offender-Linked Mayor | MK
Has Carol Mills Given Up on Westminster? | Canberra Times
Labour Consider Banning Uber | Asa Bennett
Did LibDems Make Up Hancock Disciplinary Meeting? | Scrapbook


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cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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