Monday, July 16, 2007

The Stab in the Back

If you think I have been a bit hard on Alastair Campbell, you should read this piece by the former Mirror Group political editor David Seymour in this week's Press Gazette. Apart from being the most comprehensive hatchet-job I have ever seen on the former spinmeister, it also contains the sensational allegation that Campbell described Gordon Brown as "psychologically flawed" in conversation with another Mirror journalist, the week before Andrew Rawnsley's famous scoop.

The Stab in the Back, by the way, was the colloquial name for a famous Mirror watering hole frequented by Campbell in his drinking days.

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Anonymous said...

I think you just publicised Campbell. Perhaps you should consider removing the banner?

Paul Linford said...


Yes, I considered it.

David Boothroyd said...

It's hardly sensational to say that Alastair Campbell was responsible for the 'psychological flaws' line, people have been saying that for a decade. Nor is it much of a revalation that some journalists who have been criticised by Alastair Campbell don't like him very much.

Coming next, amazing revalations about the religious affiliation of Pope Benedict XVI. And you won't believe what we've spotted bears doing!