The Demeaning of Politics
Guido Fawkes, that establishment lackey who works for the paywalled Murdoch mainstream media and who is on Paul Dacre’s side in the current stramash, has been laying in to Alastair Campbell, who is on the other side. Fawkes seems to think that Campbell’s wickedness is proved by Michael Howard not liking him much.
Fawkes entitled his post, “Alastair Campbell’s Demeaning of Politics”, so he is at least permitted to take part in this debate, spelling Campbell’s first name correctly. But it should have been called, “Michael Howard’s Demeaning of Politics”.
In the old Newsnight video by which Fawkes is so taken, Howard says to Campbell in the third person, House of Commons style: “The way he bullied and lied his way across our political life did more to lower the tone of political life, our public life, than anybody else.”
Rich from the man who lost the 2005 election campaign against, among others, Alastair Campbell, with a poster of Tony Blair and the words: “If he’s prepared to lie to take us to war, he’s prepared to lie to win an election – If you value the truth, vote for it.”
This was, of course, a war that Howard supported and for which he voted.Tagged in: alastair campbell, guido fawkes, Michael Howard
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