Exclusive: Damian McBride on Alastair Campbell: ‘he hasn’t lost any of his old hounding skills’

25 September 2013

Damian McBride has written the Diary for this week’s edition of the Spectator. It’s a masterpiece in mischief.

Mr Steerpike spluttered his coffee when he read Mad Dog’s thoughts on Bad Al Campbell’s reaction to the publication of Power Trip: Campbell hit the airwaves and bombarded McBride online, casting himself as some sort moral paragon when it comes to the world of spin. As McBride puts it:

‘I thought about replying that he hasn’t lost any of his old hounding skills, but decided it would be in bad taste.’

The repentant sinner-spinner has lost none of his brio, then; although he concedes: ‘I may be learning slowly, but I’m learning.’ No doubt Campbell will take this with the understated dignity we have come to expect from him.

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  • Do You Get It

    Driving home late one evening I also had the misfortune to listen to McClean’s ‘poor me’ diatribe. It made me sick to my stomach! He spoke of his depression, blah, blah, blah. I wanted to scream down the radio, unfortunately for us you are still alive which cannot be said for the too many Iraqis whose death warrant you helped sign. Words cannot describe this despicable pond life but here are a few for starters…arrogant, overbearing, smug, pompous, cocky, immodest, liar, conceited, know-all, bully, etc, etc, etc.

  • kwestion all

    Mr McBride can’t claim the moral high ground whilst also receiving a substantial amount from the Daily Mail for his expose. That’s not how penitence works. Moreover, he also admits to phone hacking, which I’m pretty sure is illegal, at least the last time I checked.

    • Susan G.

      I don’t think that McBride is trying to claim the moral high ground! He has presented a mea culpa that is seemingly beyond the character that goes by the name of Campbell. If we do a “Benjamin Franklin” on them, the crimes against honesty and Britain that the treasonous Campbell has to answer for are seriously in a league of their own, and far more egregious than the odious McBride’s personal political hatchet jobs.

      I agree that McBride should not be receiving money for his confessions but on the other hand he is giving half the proceeds to the Cafod. Can we point to any sign of regret even from Campbell, or any move to make amends ( impossible) or to atone for his warmongering and lies that has caused the death of hundreds of thousands in its wake?

      Two shysters, but with very different records of behaviour and actions for which they should atone.

  • Mike

    MacBride is to Campbell what the Bulger killers Thompson was to Venables. The former have their moment of being evil whilst the later were born like it and will never change. MacBride at least acknowledges what he did was wrong but Campbell is in denial over everything just like Venables.

  • The Laughing Cavalier

    Perhaps Mr McBride should avoid going for a walk in the woods.

    • allymax bruce

      I’ll always remember the expression on Bliar’s face, (interviewed on a plane), when he was told about Dr Kelly’s death; I knew immediately Bliar was hiding something.

  • Colin

    I had the misfortune to be stuck in traffic, listening to Iain Dale, soft soap this monster,on LBC. I genuinely started to feel sick at the sound of this vile tw@t (campbell, not Dale). This nasty individual is literally one of the few people, personally responsible for one of the most catastrophic foreign policy and humanitarian disasters in the past fifty years.

    The influence of the UK Political / Media complex is clearly extensive and compelling. I’ve always rated Iain Dale as someone who played it just right; an insider but not quite having sold out. I may have to re-evaluate.

    • martinde

      Comments like this overstate Campbell’s importance. If Iraq is ‘one of the most catastrophic foreign policy and humanitarian disasters in the past fifty years’ 99% of the responsibility lies with the government of George W. Bush. Blair was just Bush’s poodle, as Campbell was Blair’s.

      • Colin

        Please, don’t. His role in the whole sordid episode was clear, central and material. As was his role in the unsavoury aftermath of retribution against anyone (I’m think Dr. Kelly, Andrew Gilligan, et al), who had the temerity to step off the happy path.

  • allymax bruce

    ‘bad taste'; Campbell?
    And ‘sexing-up’ the JIC report, of which, conned Westminster MP’s into going to an illegal war in Iraq, isn’t ‘bad taste’?
    I just luv how ‘moral’ yoos Labour-lot are.
    What’s the betting McBride can deliver a knock-out blow to Ed Miliband’s chances?

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