Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Kicking Alastair Campbell when he's down - he looks like a broken man to me - has become a national sport with the publication of his diaries. I agree with much of what these kickers are saying, most importantly that he was a bad thing for Blair and a very bad thing for British politics. But I have a right to say that without qualification; the kickers haven't. I never had anything to do with the man. These kickers and their bosses grovelled and made deals with Campbell when he was in power. In fact, it was their supine acceptance of his bullying that drove him to ever greater excesses and confirmed his contempt for the political media. If the kickers admit this now, they can kick; if they don't, they can't. The truth is that Campbell's job was all too easy. If it had been more difficult, he might not now be broken and he might not deserve this kicking.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:58 am