Category: “Media

Mail on Scumday’s wonderful account of Lansley’s kipperdom

Posted on 5 July 2009 | 1:07pm

As you may know, the Daily Mail and Mail on Scumday are not allowed in the house. It’s the same rule I apply to dogshit. But I confess to taking a sneak peek online today, to see whether the Scumday did anything with a ‘story’ they were chasing me about yesterday. Oh they did … and it […]

Ecclestone undermines his own success with alarming views on Hitler

Posted on 4 July 2009 | 2:07pm

It’s hard to see why Bernie Ecclestone chose to give an interview to The Times, which appears today under the headlines ‘Hitler? He got things done, says Ecclestone’ as a news story on Page 3, and, on pages 34 and 35, ‘Despots are underrated, says the supreme leader of Formula One.’ My hunch is that […]

A day spent interviewing footballers, then being interviewed by a transvestite comedian

Posted on 1 July 2009 | 2:07pm

Just missed the train from Preston by a few minutes, so time to knock out a quick blog. Not seen a paper or the news for two or three days, and worried the internet connection won’t last, so not risking dipping in and out of news sites to find out what if any ‘news’ I’ve […]

Farewell to Henry Hodge

Posted on 29 June 2009 | 8:06pm

It must be so much easier to plan a funeral if you do God. Getting the tone of a ‘celebration of the life of’ is not easy. The Hodge family got it just right as hundreds gathered to bid farewell to Henry Hodge. Five tributes – all making different points about his life – child, […]

Honouring the power of sport to do good

Posted on 29 June 2009 | 2:06pm

  Off to a celebration of Henry Hodge’s life later today, so I may have a few words to say about that later – like if you haven’t already, please make a donation to www.justgiving.com/alastaircampbell; and please accept my apologies that the justgiving site has been a nightmare since we set up the page the […]

Two nice surprises, sad end to day

Posted on 26 June 2009 | 9:06am

Two nice surprises yesterday, three if you include the speed with which The Spectator backed down and apologised, as per yesterday’s blog. First, speaking at a conference I fully expected to be a bit of a drag, but really enjoying it. Second, bumping into someone on the train back – most of you will know (of) […]

Apology from the Spectator on Iraq boosts Henry Hodge fund

Posted on 25 June 2009 | 7:06pm

I have never been a fan of the libel laws, and contrary to the claims of some in the media, I rarely bother to complain about things written about me. Life is too short and in any event if people in our street believed the bile and the bilge in papers like the Mail, I […]

On the Iraq inquiry, Independent article wrong

Posted on 19 June 2009 | 8:06pm

Guardian online have quoted me accurately, whilst this morning’s Independent misrepresented my position, on the Iraq war inquiry. The Guardian was quoting what I said at an event at the Commons last night, in which Robert Peston of the BBC, Tory MP Alan Duncan and I were garnering ‘cash for questions’ to raise money for the […]

Thank you to three readers, now please get involved

Posted on 19 June 2009 | 9:06am

This blog comes courtesy of three readers of previous blogs, whose ideas will hopefully spark debate and involvement from others. First, thanks to Jane Appleton who had the idea of trying to make ‘Facebook friends of AC’ one of the fifty £50k donors to Leukaemia Research for the charity’s fiftieth anniversary.We launched this yesterday in honour […]

Bad times in Belfast, great day for Burnley, odd statement from Ed Balls

Posted on 18 June 2009 | 10:06am

A changed, more peaceful Northern Ireland is one of Labour’s proudest achievements. It has been wonderful, in recent times, to visit the place and find yourself talking to people about the weather, football, books, house prices, not the bombings and hatreds that defined Northern Ireland for so long. So there is something really depressing about the […]