The Alastair Campbell Diaries: Power and Responsibility (Volume 3)
Book Summary of The Alastair Campbell Diaries: Power and Responsibility (Volume 3)
In this volume, we see that New Labour's honeymoon is well and truly over. In addition to detailing the continuing tensions at the top, here we find graphic accounts of a variety of domestic crises: foot-and-mouth disease and protests over fuel prices which almost brought Britain to a halt. Volume Three includes Peter Mandelson's second resignation, the agonies of the Millennium Dome, and the most unexpected slow-handclapping in memory, when the Women's Institute turned against Tony Blair. Yet despite all the problems - not least the most accident-prone manifesto launch in history, complete with deputy prime minister John Prescott punching a voter - Labour won a second successive landslide election victory. That triumph is intimately recorded here, alongside the high points of this period, such as devolution to Northern Ireland and the fall of Milosevic.
About the Author
Alastair Campbell was born in Keighley, Yorkshire, in 1957, the son of a vet. After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in modern languages, his first chosen career was journalism, principally with the Mirror Group. When Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party, he asked Campbell to be his press secretary. He worked for Blair - first in that capacity, then as official spokesman and director of communications and strategy - from 1994 to 2003, since when he has been mainly engaged in writing, public speaking, working for Leukaemia Research, where he is chairman of fundraising, and continuing to advise Blair, Gordon Brown and other leading Labour figures. His first novel, All In The Mind, and an accompanying award-winning TV documentary, Cracking Up, led to him being voted Mind Champion of the Year. A second novel, Maya, was published in 2010. His interests include running, cycling, playing the bagpipes and following the varying fortunes of Burnley Football Club.
Details of Book: The Alastair Campbell Diaries: Power and Responsibility (Volume 3) (BSID:9789)
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With every passing volume of these diaries, I loathe Gordon Brown and Ed Balls more and more. 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...
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