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They long ago became characters in films and sitcoms. In addition to his taut sinews, Campbell has a brass neck.
Diaries Volume Three
Three years ago , of us bought his diaries, The Blair Years. If we are already over-familiar with this from Michael Sheen in The Deal and Michael Sheen in The Queen, at least in its unexpurgated form we can see what really underpinned modern politics: Carry On Henry, where Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey slither about the palace, trying to keep Sid James happy. In fact, this must be the gayest political book ever published.
Clearly, all the men are deeply in love with Tony Blair or TB, as he is called and they are jealous of each other and vie for the attention of this enigmatic personality. Peter Mandelson is the evil queen, sulky, silky and brittle.
The Alastair Campbell Diaries Volume Three: Power & Responsibility – review
Meanwhile, Gordon Brown lumbers about, a taciturn grizzly bear. The third volume of Campbell's compelling diaries, covering to Life continues apace for Campbell and the New Labour government. Alongside the day-to-day running of the country, they deal with the fallout from the military action in Kosovo, continuing negotiations over Northern Ireland, and the increasing pressures which come from hour media scrutiny.
All this The third volume of Campbell's compelling diaries, covering to All this, and they wish to be elected for a second term BushCovers a number of controversies: from Mandelson's dealings with the Hindujas, to the national embarrassment of the Millennium celebrationsA must-read for anyone interested in modern politics, and an essential history book for many years to come Get A Copy.
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Spanning a period of just over two years, volume three of Alastair Campbell's diaries begins during the conflict in Kosovo and ends with the attacks on the twin towers on 11 September The TB-GBs Campbell calls it and the incessant bickering and tribal warfare certainly gave Labour's spin doctor in chief the heebie-geebies.
What also preys on Campbell's mind throughout is his ongoing struggle with depression and whether he wants to stay in his role beyond a second Labour election win. Stay he does though and the next volume of his diaries will see Campbell enmeshed in the Iraq crisis and the 'dodgy dossier' scandal.
Perhaps he should have quit when he had the chance. If he had then maybe the course of history may have been different. Irrespective of your view of Campbell - and mine is that he is a deeply flawed character who was responsible for selling some very destructive policies that damaged Labour and the country - these diaries are fascinating reading and a valuable record of an important period in British politics. There's no higher praise than that. These diaries are on par with those of Tony Benn and I hope Campbell publishes further volumes taking in the period when Brown was PM even though he was a peripheral figure by then Dec 31, Robert Christie rated it really liked it.
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