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Video: Damian McBride’s Newsnight interview

24 September 2013

Damian McBride broke cover and made his first broadcast appearance this evening on Newsnight, defending his upcoming memoirs. McBride said he is ‘sorry and ashamed’ for those he targeted while in government. Part one of his interview is above and the second half below:

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  • Abhay

    Did you notice the glee and smugness with which McBride spoke about how much cash he was going to rake in thanks to this book? Play the video back if you didn’t notice that.

    Expect more McBrides to spring up in British politics in the years ahead. Politics have become really the gateway to the post-political career: pimping the contents of your rolodex to businessman, kiss and tell stories and gossip, ‘speaking’ fees, sordid book and TV deals.

    The above is proving disastrous for politics and the nation of course.

  • asalord

    McBride is the personification of Labour party duplicity.
    Whether London Labour or “Scottish” Labour the stench spreads evenly over these islands.

  • dalai guevara

    Is this all you’ve got?
    No one from the Speccie allowed in?
    Who cares about McBribe? He’s plugging his book, FFS!

  • Graeme S

    This man and his ilk are reptiles, they spin bile to appease there stupid masters who have happened to hood wink the electorate. The MSM should be exposing spin doctors / communication director types for the sh*te hawks they are

  • fvhjgrjhgghthth

    Labour are completely corrupt, Miliband was clearly involved or at least knew of this

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  • telemachus

    Is the most significant revelation that
    1. Ed Balls went to an Arsenal match
    or 2. That Ed Balls is as thick as thieves with Robert Peston?
    Whatever we conclude on that vexed question, Ed knew nothing and the “Damain what have you done? is totally believable”

    • Colonel Mustard

      Probably to you and a few other Labour extremists only. You don’t speak for Britain.

    • gerontius

      I’m pretty cynical, but even I am surprised at just how disgusting you people are.

  • David Lindsay

    Oh, dear, I missed it.

    When Andrew Neil was berating Charlie Whelan, who pointed out that no one in the real world cared and that they wanted to discuss policy instead, Neil replied that, “I care, and I ask the questions.”

    Whelan ought to have replied, “That’s how you are too rich to have anything else to care about.” The same applies to Paxman.

    • Barakzai

      You mean, ‘move on, nothing to see here?’ What high principles you have.

      • HookesLaw

        He’s a socialist… no principles. But you are correct and have exposed his hypocricy.

        • Colonel Mustard

          No, he often writes with perception but it is too often undermined by his own tribal obduracy peddling unfounded Labour mythology. He also has a tendency to make unequivocal predictions and to cite belief trends without supporting evidence for them. That is not unusual for those of socialist persuasion who have a collective tendency to presume on behalf of the public at large. Labour do it all the time.

    • Abhay

      You are being thoroughly mendacious.

      People entrusted with governing a country have engaged in destructive politics using subterfuge and media toxin. And you are implying that people shouldn’t care!

      Check your hinges, mate.

  • jazz606

    He looks to me like someone who’s stopped drinking and is making some sort of amends.
    Good luck to him.

    • telemachus

      He did his job
      He got rid of revisionist warmonger Blair

      • HookesLaw

        And gave us the incompetent Brown.
        How soon before you are rewriting history about him and then Miliband? How high up an aparatchik are you in the Ministry of Truth?

      • telemackus

        Correct. Democracy must not be allowed to stand in the way of we the people choosing who should lead us.

      • Colonel Mustard

        Did you vote for Blair’s regime in 1997, 2001 and 2005 then? I didn’t, I voted Conservative. Come on tell us how you voted, you weasel.

        He was the Labour Party’s longest-serving prime minister so the current distancing of those who voted for and aided and abetted his regime for ten long years is unconvincing to say the least. It reminds me of those uniformed Germans who suddenly found their consciences after May, 1945.

      • Abhay

        I think you should answer the Colonel’s question honestly.

    • The Laughing Cavalier

      Certainly looking a lot less raddled but still a lot older than he actually is.

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