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Memories of Mandela: uniquely inspiring, a good man responsible for great things

Posted on 6 December 2013 | 10:12am

Well, I suppose we have all had a long time to get used to the idea it might happen, but that does not minimise the sadness, nor the sense of loss, that he has finally gone. Both are reflections of the fact that Nelson Mandela was one of the small number of historical figures from […]

Cameron and Johnson share prices falling simultaneously, Osborne supporters note

Posted on 30 November 2013 | 10:11am

David Cameron’s all-over-the-shopness continues apace, with one of his ‘strategists’ (sic) briefing that his new ‘strategy’ (sic) is to steal any good ideas put forward by Labour. In tones reminiscent of the tough-talking Lynton Crosby, the strategist briefs that Cameron will take the bones, and leave Labour with the gristle. Mmm, tasty. But clever? Not […]

Suddenly it is Cameron’s Tories looking and sounding like the Opposition, and Miliband’s Labour making the weather

Posted on 29 November 2013 | 10:11am

So, if the BBC story is right, whilst David Cameron and Co were condemning Ed Miliband as a crypto-Marxist for thinking ‘the State’ could do anything about energy prices, the government was trying to develop its own plan to get the energy companies to keep prices down. I have said many times that Mr Cameron’s […]

If only Smart Alec Salmond could have brought himself to say ‘don’t know’ to some of the questions

Posted on 27 November 2013 | 11:11am

The focus for both sides of the Scottish independence campaign is the large number of people saying ‘don’t know’ whenever a pollster asks them how they intend to vote in the referendum next September. The lead among those saying No to independence remains reasonably solid but if SNP leader Alex Salmond can generate real momentum, […]

Many thanks to Jo Brand and Alan Yentob for another successful night for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

Posted on 25 November 2013 | 1:11pm

Jo Brand last night became the seventh high profile arts performer to give of her time and talent for free to support what has become an annual ‘audience with …’ to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. These events started when my literary agent, Ed Victor, won his battle with leukaemia – thanks in […]

A chance to have a good laugh with Jo Brand, and stop people dying

Posted on 21 November 2013 | 11:11am

If you like Jo Brand, if you like a good night out, if you have an empty diary on the evening of this coming Sunday November 24, and if you have a passing interest in making a small contribution to curing cancer and saving lives, then please click on here. I’ve been involved in An […]

Guest blog from a poor soul working for Mailonline

Posted on 18 November 2013 | 12:11pm

One of the reasons I know the Mail is a horrible paper, and a horrible place to work, with horrible values, is because people who work there tell me. I keep urging them to leave, to understand that public resignation and explanation of their private disgust might make them feel better – and open up […]

Cambridge Lecture 2: Optimistic despite press lies re Leveson, new social media oligarchs, Snowden/Wikileaks (and why Merkel is best)

Posted on 14 November 2013 | 5:11pm

Lecture 2 in my series of events as Humanitas Visiting Professor at Cambridge University’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, delivered today. A few years ago, Carl Bernstein and I shared a platform at a conference in Italy. I was surprised how much we agreed about the modern media. But what […]

Cambridge Lecture 1: New generation of people and technology signalling end of Murdoch-Dacre generation

Posted on 13 November 2013 | 5:11pm

Professor Campbell here, with the first of the two lectures I am making this week in my debut performance as Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media (cue Dacre Vagina Monologue) at Cambridge University. I promised to put it up as it was being delivered, and here it is, in its full glory. As I said yesterday, […]

My views, as a Cambridge professor no less, on politics and the press; not as clear or straight-forward as I expected

Posted on 12 November 2013 | 12:11pm

Never did I imagine, as I drank, fought and very occasionally studied my way through four years as a Cambridge University student, that one day I would be a ‘visiting professor’ no less. Also, given that at the time I had no idea that I would go into the media, let alone politics, even less […]