Has He Got History For You
Alastair Campbell is launching the fourth volume of his unexpurgated Diaries at the Mile End Group at Queen Mary, University of London, at 6.30pm on 20 June.
He will be “In Conversation With” me, before taking questions. Details of how to apply for tickets are here.
The Burden of Power completes the quartet of the complete diaries, which were originally published in condensed and Brownlerised form (that is, with the rude bits about Gordon taken out) as The Blair Years in 2007. This volume covers the most dramatic period of Campbell’s time as Tony Blair’s head of communications, 2001-03.
I am reading a review copy of it and I can say that it lives up to its billing as the most important primary source material on the second Blair term.
I can also reveal that, in the Introduction, Campbell says that he continued to keep a diary after he left Downing Street in 2003, which he might publish one day. He came back to help fight the 2005 and 2010 elections and was in No 10 on the day that Gordon Brown, and New Labour, finally departed.
While you wait for 20 June, Campbell presented Have I Got News For You last night, where he worked on a quizzical look that made Ian Hislop look a bit daft in pursuing his anti-war obsessions.Tagged in: alastair campbell, contemporary history, mile end group
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