Alastair Campbell just got shut down by a BBC producer over his People’s Vote march hypocrisy

Alastair Campbell
Kerry-anne Mendoza

The morning after the People’s Vote march against Brexit, Alastair Campbell awoke with a sudden concern about BBC impartiality. But he picked on the wrong BBC producer, who quickly pointed out the irony of Campbell painting himself as a fan of democracy.


According to the Guardian, around 100,000 people turned out for the march demanding a final vote on the Brexit deal. These are disappointing numbers for a well-publicised, establishment-backed protest. In fact, it’s only one-tenth of the number who marched against the Iraq War in a single day in 2003; a war Campbell was pivotal in promoting.

Unlike recent protests related to austerity, the Remain march received outsized coverage in the media. But not enough for Campbell, who tweeted his annoyance at The Andrew Marr Show producer Rob Burley.

Shut down

Campbell demanded to know why there was no representative from the march on the show on 24 June. Moments later, he got his reply:

Burley is right. Campbell’s sudden passion for democracy on Brexit is impossibly short term. Campbell spear-headed the PR effort that helped draw the UK into the invasion of Iraq despite the unprecedented public protest against it.

15 years on, Campbell goes on one march and portrays himself as a social justice warrior.

Years after the assault began, Campbell continued to defend the disastrous invasion. In fact, here’s Campbell doing that job, on The Andrew Marr Show, in 2010.

When Campbell had the power to bring people’s voices into government, he didn’t. Instead, he aided and abetted an unjust war, the ramifications of which are still resonating today. And he did so against the will of the British public. Brexiteers might just have a point when they demand to know what’s different now.

Make it stop

As others noted, centrist Remainers are beginning to split the Remain camp by using the issue to attack Jeremy Corbyn. Fellow Remainers were at pains to remind people the EU Referendum was triggered by a Conservative PM, lost by a Conservative PM, and carried forward by a Conservative PM. While centrists obsess over ousting Corbyn, their political games only harm efforts to halt Brexit.

The best thing centrists can do for the anti-Brexit movement is leave it.

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