Thursday, July 19, 2007

Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell was the Director of Communications and Strategy for Tony Blair from 1997 to 2003.

"Alastair Campbell's diaries... are more revealing than the prince of spin probably intended... In 2002 Mr Bush reputedly thought Osama bin Laden was dead, but was reluctant to say so." - Pity, fear and the F-word

At one crucial meeting at Chequers in 2002 Admiral Sir Michael Boyce, then chief of defence staff, warned: "Only Rumsfeld and a few others knew what was being planned, TB may speak to Bush or Condi but did they really know what was going on?" - Whitehall prepared for Prescott as Blair's support wavered ...

"There's the sense, which leaps from every page of the diaries, of government as one continuous mistake: a frenetic, shambolic, unplannable, thrown-together-at-the-last-minute botch job." -Alastair Campbell's victims bite back Special Reports Guardian ...

"Even when he was on 15 pints and four bottles of wine a day, Alastair Campbell could usually manage to spell "political"... The biggest story Campbell ever broke in his time as a newspaper reporter was that John Major tucked his shirt into his underpants. And where did this information come from? Campbell made it up." - Past master St Opinion Opinion Telegraph

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