Hodges brings up the old “psychological flaws” line used of Gordon Brown by Campbell, but never quite admitted. To compare that to McBride’s admitted campaign to portray Tony Blair as useless (in Saturday’s Daily Mail, an extract from McBride’s book that has been removed from the internet) is mistaken.
Suggesting that Brown needed to “get a grip” of his psychological flaws was helpful and well meant advice, not character assassination. If Brown had taken it, he would have been prime minister earlier.
Footnote: if you haven’t seen it, Tom Chivers’s reflections on which is the real McBride, the mad dog or the penitent, is worth reading.Tagged in: alastair campbell, Damian McBride, tbgb
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