Tag: “Tony Blair

First ladies watch out for Japanese bombshell

Posted on 3 September 2009 | 10:09am

Litttle did I know, blogging a few days ago on the potential significance of a change of government in Japan, that the new Prime Minister would be bringing with him a wife who was once abducted by aliens. Not only that, but it seems she knew Tom Cruise in a previous life (she says he was […]

When the power of black eyes fades

Posted on 30 June 2009 | 9:06am

What with meetings, family stuff, a funeral and then a train journey north, I missed all the political excitement yesterday. I saw a couple of headlines suggesting Peter Mandelson was suggesting the economy is on the mend, then a couple more in which Dave was having a pop at GB, but beyond that, it sort […]

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 […]

In praise of two poets

Posted on 1 May 2009 | 10:05am

There was me, post Damian McBride, thinking that the media might rely a little less on anonymous briefings (sometimes so anonymous as to exist only in the imagination of the journalist), but I got into a cab in the early hours, my phone having been on mute for the duration of the Sport Industry Awards, to find a […]

Is all change good?

Posted on 15 March 2009 | 10:03am

Since getting into blogging, Twitter and Facebook, it has been interesting to see what kind of message, tweet or status update gets people going. I’d love to be able to say it is the serious heavyweight political contribution or call to arms, and to be fair, I have been impressed by the level and nature […]

Some speeches matter more than others

Posted on 2 March 2009 | 12:03pm

At a q and a I did last week, someone asked me what made Tony Blair nervous. ‘Big set piece speeches,’ I replied, instinctively. I’ve thought about it a bit more since, and I think the instincts were right. My diaries record several instances of him saying, before Budget debates in Opposition, or Queen’s Speech […]

Lincoln, Obama, Blair and the 24 hour media culture

Posted on 11 February 2009 | 10:02am

I have already vlogged about my (and Barack Obama’s’) favourite book on politics, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Her brilliant account of the political genius of Abraham Lincoln was already a hugely successful book even before  Obama’s endorsement, which will take it into a whole new league, marked genuine contribution to history. As […]