Alastair Campbell – Tony Blair’s infamous spin-doctor – has left the Labour Party. Or, to be more accurate, he’s stopped trying to get back into it. Labour had already thrown him out.
Despite Campbell having less influence over the current Labour movement than Margaret Thatcher’s ghost, he still has enough friends in the media to go out in a blaze of attention seeking.
About to do @BBCBreakfast on why I can no longer pretend @UKLabour is the Party I have worked for all my life and why @jeremycorbyn should do the right thing for the country by making way for someone who can do the job and defeat right wing hard Brexit populism of @BorisJohnson
— Alastair PEOPLE’S VOTE Campbell (@campbellclaret) July 30, 2019
— Alastair PEOPLE’S VOTE Campbell (@campbellclaret) July 29, 2019
Campbell and Blair took the art of political bullshitting to a whole new level. Predictably, faith in politicians dropped significantly. Despite this, these same men can’t understand why no one listens to them any more.
When asked if being rid of this infamous liar was a good thing, a Labour spokesperson said:
Some people said it’s better to have him on the inside pissing out than the outside pissing in. In actuality, we had him on the inside pissing in. I’d rather have him on the outside pissing himself, to be honest, which seems to be what’s happening.
The legion of BBC presenters who see Campbell as their Brexit messiah said things like:
If the Labour movement isn’t there to bow to the whims of non-unionised millionaires like us, then what is it there for?
Centrists have argued:
So Campbell pushed for an illegal war that killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis – and? That was ages ago. A lot of those dead Iraqis are probably alive again by now.
Of course, some might argue that Campbell – one of the most untrusted men in the non-Westminster world – is an asset. They’ll probably have a well-structured argument, too, because these people are nothing if not good at selling shite.
Featured image via Flickr – University of Salford Press
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