The Alastair Campbell Diaries by Alastair Campbell
Volume Three: Power and Responsibility

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POWER AND RESPONSIBILITY is the third volume of Alastair Campbell's unique daily account of life at the centre of the Blair government. It begins amid conflict in Kosovo, and ends on September 11, 2001, a day which immediately wrote itself into the history books, changing the course of both the Bush presidency and the Blair premiership.



In this volume, we see that New Labour's honeymoon is well and truly over. In addition to detailing the continuing tensions at the top, here we find graphic accounts of a variety of domestic crises: foot-and-mouth disease and protests over fuel prices which almost brought Britain to a halt. Volume Three includes Peter Mandelson's second resignation, the agonies of the Millennium Dome, and the most unexpected slow-handclapping in memory, when the Women's Institute turned against Tony Blair. Yet despite all the problems - not least the most accident-prone manifesto launch in history, complete with deputy prime minister John Prescott punching a voter - Labour won a second successive landslide election victory. That triumph is intimately recorded here, alongside the high points of this period, such as devolution to Northern Ireland and the fall of Milosevic.

 

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Published July 7, 2011 by Cornerstone Digital. 752 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On the other hand, one can't help admiring Blair and Campbell for their extraordinary resilience, somehow managing to keep their eyes on the big picture while all around them mayhem reigns.

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The Guardian

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When Blair surprised us all by announcing, via a line written by Campbell, that drunken yobs would be marched off to cash machines to pay on-the-spot fines, Campbell records that this had all "been pretty last-minute because the Home Office had been so useless".

Jul 07 2011 | Read Full Review of The Alastair Campbell Diaries...

The Independent

The speaker was the Mirror's political editor, Alastair Campbell, whose diaries are a cautionary tale for anyone thinking of entering the hellish life of high-pressure politics.

Jun 18 2010 | Read Full Review of The Alastair Campbell Diaries...

Deseret News

An experienced journalist, Campbell put a well-considered, well-written entry into his diary every night, offering clear and clever insight into Blair, his decision-making process and his interaction with world leaders.

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