Category: “Diaries

Free research for anyone minded to follow up Independent on Sunday non-story splash

Posted on 23 June 2012 | 9:06pm

Based on a passage in my diary (clearly missed by The Guardian who serialised Burden of Power last week) The IoS has splashed with ‘How Blair misled Cabinet on Iraq.’ The Guardian were right to miss it first time round. I went into rebuttal mode with reporter Jane Merrick on twitter, pointing out that the […]

Cameron has learned wrong lessons from TB: they should read the books more carefully

Posted on 21 June 2012 | 10:06am

A version of this appears on The Huffington Post site today To the splendidly New Labour King’s Place on Monday, and an onstage interview with Steve Richards of the Independent as part of his ‘Politics Rock and Roll’ series. Steve, one of the less cynical UK commentators, is doing his bit to try to re-engage […]

If Labour’s team had stayed united, I think we might have staved off a Bullingdon government

Posted on 18 June 2012 | 12:06pm

I can hardly complain at The Guardian’s ‘brilliant but bonkers’ headline on the second part of the extracts they are running from my new book, Burden of Power. Tony Blair said the words, and he said them about Gordon Brown, so even though it is not news that there were sometimes difficulties between them, and […]

Murdoch’s phone call on Iraq … a little contextualisation

Posted on 16 June 2012 | 6:06am

To be fair to Rupert Murdoch – you don’t hear that too often these days – News International were right to say last night that ‘there isn’t any evidence in Alastair Campbell’s diaries’ that ‘ he was pressing Tony Blair on Iraq on behalf of the Republicans. Nor, to be fair to me, have I […]

On diaries, ebooks, kindles, twitter, life, death, my friend Philip, Steve Jobs’ legacy and meeting Ralph Fiennes)

Posted on 25 January 2012 | 6:01am

I am trying my best to get used to this ebook thing, having ‘a book out’ but with nothing to give to friends, nothing to sign for people who ‘buy’ it, no physical product to point to as you talk about it. So last night, when I was talking about diaries with fellow diarist and […]

Signed books deal – your Christmas presents solved in one easy email

Posted on 3 December 2011 | 7:12am

A reminder, as we get nearer Christmas, of the signed books arrangement I have with  Waterstone’s in Hampstead High Street, not far from where I live … anyone who wants a signed copy of my diaries can order them via them, and I will pop up to the shop every now and then and sign […]

If catflap is best Tories can do, no wonder FT Europe imposes blackout

Posted on 5 October 2011 | 7:10am

Greetings from Vienna airport where I am waiting for a plane, worrying about the unseasonal heat, getting irritated by a couple who are kissing their dog like it is a baby, and trying to find a single reference to the Tory Party conference in the Financial Times. It is the Europe edition, so unsurprisingly leads […]

On resignation, Greg Dyke, little black books, and why The Guardian needs an awayday on fame and how to describe people

Posted on 4 August 2011 | 11:08am

I had really wanted to see the ‘My Resignation’ documentary on BBC4 last night. It is an interesting theme and the people making it seemed a cut above your average instant docmaker. Having interviewed me on a rainy day like today, they were also polite enough to tell me when the programme was on. But […]

Meet Colin, who will help organise signed books for anyone who wants them

Posted on 29 July 2011 | 3:07pm

I get a fair few requests on here, via email, twitter and Facebook, for signed copies of my books. As some of you know, I always try to sort things out for people, but I think it is time I had a proper system for this. So step forward a very nice man called Colin […]

A welcome addition to the depression campaign library – this time from a top footballer

Posted on 25 July 2011 | 8:07am

A break from politics and the press today, and instead three of my other interests – football, mental illness and plugging books. No, not my own books, though these are available here here here here here and the latest one, Power and Responsibility, here. Oh, and you can pre-order the next one, The Burden of […]