Alastair Campbell breaks down on TV

I’ve just seen the most amazing moment in a TV interview for years. On the Andrew Marr show Alastair Campbell no less, froze and then almost cracked up when pressed on whether Blair lied to Parliament on WMD in Iraq. Campbell the arch spin meister had no answer. Recalling his well publicised personal breakdown many years ago I almost felt sorry for him. But could it have been a premeditated ” sincerity” plea in a very tight corner? Surely not – too Machiavellian even for Alastair. It’s not up yet on BBC iPlayer, but watch out for a minor moment in recent British history. Look out too for Campbell explaining it away on his blog and how it affects Blair’s expected recall to the Chilcot inquiry.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London