But What Can I Do?: Why Politics Has Gone So Wrong, and How You Can Help Fix It

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But What Can I Do?: Why Politics Has Gone So Wrong, and How You Can Help Fix It

But What Can I Do?: Why Politics Has Gone So Wrong, and How You Can Help Fix It

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A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for several charities, including Mind, Rethink and Alcohol Concern. Campbell expressed an intention to one day publish the diaries in fuller form, and indicated in the introduction to the book that he did not wish to make matters harder for Brown in his new role as Prime Minister, or to damage the Labour Party. When will the Establishment afford us with a fully codified Constitution available to all Citizens any place any time?

He was for many years chairman of fund-raising of Bloodwise, Britain’s main blood cancer charity, but in recent years has become increasingly involved with mental health charities and causes, speaking about his own experience of depression, psychosis and addiction, and of his brother Donald’s lifelong struggle with schizophrenia. When Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon revealed to Campbell that Kelly had talked to the BBC, Campbell had then decided, in his own words, to use this fact to "fuck Gilligan". Their first interview was with Ed Miliband, followed by Rachel Riley, Jamie Carragher, Kelly Holmes and Maro Itoje. In October 2008 Alastair broadcast an award-winning one hour documentary on BBC2 about his own breakdown in 1986. He continued to act as an advisor to Mr Blair and the Labour Party, including during subsequent election campaigns.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, what qualifications you have or haven’t got, or where you come from. Three days later, Laws resigned his post following revelations about possible irregularities in his expenses claims in The Telegraph the day before. In 2011, Campbell contacted the Metropolitan Police with suspicions that his phone was hacked by the News of the World in 2003.

But even the Conservatives conceded they were partly defeated by their inability to find someone to match him. Campbell moved into government when Labour won the general election in May 1997 and served as the Prime Minister's chief press secretary until 2000. He has been portrayed in many films and TV adaptations, most notably perhaps The Queen, and is often thought to be the main inspiration for Armando Ianucci’s satirical creation, Number 10 spin doctor Malcolm Tucker. But to get noticed, raise the funds, get people marching, writing to MPs and all the other things you need to shift opinion, we ended up not just preaching to the converted, but really pissing off the people we were trying to convert.The problem was that while such polarisation may have yielded us a support base of millions, it also hardened the opposition of the Leavers and Tories whose support we needed but which it became ever more vanishingly unlikely that we would secure. Somehow, everything is on the outside with Campbell, even as he looks ever inwards, a state of affairs that only makes Rory Stewart’s John Buchan-esque international-man-of-mystery persona seem the more exotic. For the Mental Health Awareness Week two years later he broadcast the documentary Alastair Campbell: Depression and Me, exploring different ways of dealing and coping with depression.

In 2005, Campbell was played by Jonathan Cake in the Channel 4 television film The Government Inspector, based on the David Kelly Case. His condition continued with a phase of depression, and he was reluctant to seek further medical help.Both the film, Cracking Up, and All In The Mind, won considerable praise from mental health charities and campaign groups for helping to break down the taboo surrounding mental health, leading to his election as Mind Champion of the Year award in May He made a further BBC documentary, ‘My Depression and Me’ in 2019, which became the basis for Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression. The Liberal Democrats, at the time arguably the most anti-Brexit party, became seized by an absurd conviction they were on the verge of electoral triumph, so fell into the trap the Tories were laying to get the opposition parties to back an early election in December 2019, which they would make all about Brexit. In his autobiography, Blair would later reveal that Campbell had coined the name " New Labour" and described Campbell as a "genius". The audience is so mixed: here are entire families, politics A-level students in tow, and here are also thirtysomething couples, in corduroy and trainers. Then they discuss the National Conservatism Conference, an event attended by Tory rightwingers (“horrifying”, says Stewart).



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