Category: “Media

Final version of submission to Leveson Inquiry

Posted on 30 November 2011 | 3:11pm

I know it has been posted on several of the main news websites, as well as on the Inquiry website, but I thought for the record I should put it here too. SUBMISSION TO THE LEVESON INQUIRY FROM ALASTAIR CAMPBELL Thank you for your letter drawing attention to my statement of 2004 that ‘if the […]

I hope the Mail’s Irish fraud catches the eye of the Leveson Inquiry

Posted on 18 November 2011 | 11:11am

What with my best friend dying, too many speeches I’d contracted to do, too many charity gigs I’d committed to, my film on bagpipes taking me to the Hebrides, not to mention an inability to live without exercise every day, I am reaching the end of the week in a state close to exhaustion. That […]

A (very long) essay on political communications, French style

Posted on 19 October 2011 | 12:10pm

The post has just arrived and in it a very nice surprise, the discovery that Jacques Seguela, one-time adviser to President Mitterrand, now close confidant of President and Madame Sarkozy (indeed he intoduced them), and something of a legend in French political communications, has dedicated his latest book to little old moi. With apologies for […]

Fox looks like he’s a goner – good news for Osborne for now

Posted on 9 October 2011 | 7:10am

Having been through a few ministerial media frenzies, and knowing as I do how the press can twist and distort every little detail to feed the frenzy, even with Tories I like to let the benefit of the doubt linger for as long as I can. It partly explains why you will have to look […]

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 […]

Loose ends for James Murdoch, Coulson’s vetting and Cameron’s false allegations re me

Posted on 21 July 2011 | 2:07pm

A few thoughts on some of the many loose ends still threatening to stifle the full truth or, perhaps, strangle some of the key players in the phone hacking scandal. First, for James Murdoch – I am finding it very hard to understand how on Tuesday he could reveal his shock at learning that News […]

… what Cameron and the vanishing Osborne should do today …

Posted on 20 July 2011 | 7:07am

The last time David Cameron flew in mid-frenzy from an overseas visit, he did the right thing on arrival home in announcing a judicial inquiry into phonehacking and the broader practices of the press. He should do the right thing today – and finally admit his judgement let him down in hiring Andy Coulson as […]

That Nice airport blog in full — Cameron would have handled crisis better if he had gone to a comprehensive

Posted on 18 July 2011 | 9:07am

It is evidence of just how badly David Cameron has handled the News International scandal that he is having to cut short a planned – and important – trip to Africa. Indeed, amid all the talk of victims of phone hacking, the victims of the spreading famine can be added to the list. But for […]

A couple of examples of journalistic dishonesty, one trivial, one serious

Posted on 16 July 2011 | 8:07am

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at the Local Government Awards hosted by the Municipal Journal. The event was well-organised, very enjoyable, and the hosts kind enough to say that my speech had been the best they had had. A day or so later the Londoner’s Diary in the Evening Standard reported that I […]

Don’t faint, but I want to say something positive about Nick Clegg

Posted on 15 July 2011 | 7:07am

It has been widely and rightly recognised that Ed Miliband has shown real leadership in recent days. He has forced the pace on phonehacking, and the broader issues of media practices and culture which the Leveson Inquiry will now investigare. It has been equally widely recognised that David Cameron has had a very bad crisis, […]