Alastair Campbell let the mask slip on Newsnight yesterday. During a segment on the future of Brexit, Bad Al lost his rag with co-panelist Alex Phillips. In the rare moments Campbell wasn’t interrupting Phillips, he could be heard huffing and puffing off camera. One patronising exchange came towards the end of the interview:
AP: It’s very rich a man who essentially was part of telling lies to invade a country to accuse me of dishonesty…
AC: I think you may have lost the argument there, my dear. If I may patronise you even more.
Alastair wasn’t going to let it end there, as he then turned on host Victoria Derbyshire for one final tirade. Victoria calmly responded, “I am not going to take that, with respect, from you Mr Campbell”.
In the aftermath of her appearance, Phillips took to Twitter to highlight Bad Al’s behaviour. After coming off air “shaking at his rudeness” she criticised him for “outright bullying, intimidation and frankly thinly veiled misogyny”.
I came off air shaking at his rudeness.— Alex Phillips (@ThatAlexWoman) May 11, 2023
Let’s have a political debate but this was outright bullying, intimidation and frankly thinly veiled misogyny.
I would feel quite ashamed of myself if I acted like that on air. It was not a good look https://t.co/UAaERZmnco
In a reply of his own, Campbell did accept “it was not exactly disagreeing agreeably”, though refused to apologise and instead doubled down on his argument. Raab lost his job for using “physical gestures” in an intimidating way; Campbell’s behaviour went beyond that…
UPDATE: Campbell has now tweeted that he has apologised to Victoria Derbyshire.
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Two Brexit Party MEPs are embroiled in a spectacular Twitter bitch fight following yesterday’s announcement that the party will stand down in 317 sets next election. It led South East MEP Alexandra Phillips to declare she will abstain from voting. London MEP Lance Forman was not impressed…
Alex. You are not 16.
What’s the point in spending your life fighting for democracy and then not voting.
— Lance Forman MEP (@LanceForman) November 12, 2019
Would you like to hold the biro for me? Parties must earn support. I expect people to vote on the virtues of the party they choose as a personal private choice. It’s not for you to coerce me to vote for a party I was NOT elected to represent. Perhaps YOU should think about that https://t.co/5WF52fzllZ
— Alexandra Phillips MEP (@BrexitAlex) November 12, 2019
Guido has got out the popcorn…
A second top Kipper has defected to the Tories in two days, just as UKIP conference gets underway in Bournemouth. Alexandra Phillips, who used to be an aide to Nigel Farage and was head of media at the party’s HQ, says it is “time to go home”. She tells Guido:
“After watching UKIP tragically turn in on itself for the past year I felt that I had personally and professionally outgrown the party. When Theresa May became Prime Minister and immediately embarked on promoting a policy reintroducing selective education to build social mobility, assenting to explorative fracking for future energy security and approaching Brexit with a pragmatism and determination I find admirable, I knew it was time to go home.”
UKIP having a bit of an existential crisis at the moment…