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.

  • Danny Boy

    Looking forward to it 🙂

  • Jaggers

    Here’s the link which has the relevant three minutes

    http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8502730.stm

  • Comrade Stalin

    I don’t think it’s possible to take anything for granted with this supreme political actor.

  • Henry94

    A master class in not answering the question.

  • wild turkey

    is it too late to nominate campbell for a BAFTA?

    this is a guy who would march the press into Californias Redwood national forest. cut down the largest and oldest tree… and then get on the stump to make a speech about the environment and conservation.

    i’m just wondering if he shed any tears when told of the death of Dr Kelly?

  • Jaggers

    Now, now Henry, any more unkind suggestions could just push him over the edge where he’d have to have acute psychiatric treatment and then he wouldn’t be answering any questions at all…

  • Panic, these ones like it up em.

    Well if you are scared that you might be tried for treason against your country and the people of your country then you might get the cold sweats and the tightening at the pit of your stomach.

    Ok its unlikely that the establishment willever do one of their own.

    But you know deep down in his inner being he knows what treason was done.

  • iluvni

    Thats the most amazing moment on TV for years???

  • JaneJeffers

    The hurt feelings of a spin doctor are bigger news than the deaths of 600,000 (or whatever it is)

    the media and blogosphere is sick and sickening

  • “any more unkind suggestions could just push him over the edge where he’d have to have acute psychiatric treatment and then he wouldn’t be answering any questions at all…”

    That is called doing an Iris, very fashionable these days to call in the shrinks when the hounds start yapping at your heals. (I even saw a newspaper headline today which said John Terry needs professional help, from a hit man if his wife has any sense.

    Could it be Blair is being called back before Chilcot not to have the soles of his feet warmed, but so he can apologies for the failure of the Iraq war and not because he went to war on a criminal lie and caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

    Thus tying the Iraq war up in a nice pretty bow, if a tad blood stained.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    I suppose there are three things about alistair Campbell.

    1 he is an agreesive foul mouthed bully. Didnt he punch out Michael White of the Guardian for a remark about his then boss Robert Maxwell?

    2 he is a depressive…and even the most cynical of us knows somebody who suffers from that.

    3 he is an alcoholic. Personally I dont believe its a disease…..just an excuse and I have no time for “sufferers”.

    So really I have on balance little sympathy for him.

  • Panic, these ones like it up em.

    Posted by JaneJeffers

    ” 9.The hurt feelings of a spin doctor are bigger news than the deaths of 600,000 (or whatever it is)

    the media and blogosphere is sick and sickening ”

    And Campbell is cynical enough to pull this stunt or any other if he deemed it good for his own (and Tonys) position.

    They should be up for treson against their country and its people bur it won’t happen.

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  • Jaggers

    The most amazing moment in TV for years???

    No, that was last Friday at the Hillsborough News Conference when Peter Robinson said

    “Gordon, I know that you are looking forward to the London Olympics in 2012
    If we can agree that negotiating would be included as one of the sports, we will enter a team, we will lift the gold medal and then we will enter into negotiations about what flag and national anthem to be played” (cue hearty laughter allround) and then just …

    10 minutes later

    Brian Cowen says “Just one part I thought of when Peter was talking about the possibility of there being an event for negotiating at the 2012 London Olympics. I was saying to myself, well, you should be favourites to win it, because you’ve broken the world record for negotiations in the context of these discussions.” (pause while he waits for a laugh, gets none but an embarrassed silence and cough)

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  • John K Lund / Lllamedos / Suchard

    Alastair Campbell and his master Tony Blair along with Jonathan Powell have created a system of spin and subterfuge that has been disastrous for the entire Kingdom let alone this province.Their influence on our local politicians has caused the people of this province not trusting most of the body politic.This is Evil and needs stopping forthwith what we want is clarity in all matters concerning politics and not confidentiality agreements which stop the dissemination down to the grassroots activists.Most of us are fed up of being subjected to mushroom style management and dodgy financial deals.

  • Pigeon Toes

    Recalling his well publicised personal breakdown many years ago I almost felt sorry for him.

    Um. “well publicised personal breakdown” Strikingly fami liar territory, and which the electorate no longer believe…

  • Jimmy Sands

    I didn’t see any near-breakdown there. I saw someone counting to ten rather than lamping Marr for the cheap shot in his intro.