Covers the immediate aftermath of the 911 attacks the Ira invasion that followed and the aftermath and fallout "from that The decision to go to war was a mistake in my view and "that The decision to go to war was a mistake in my view and is only recently recovering from an adventure that served to alienate much of the party s natural support It is clear from Campbell s account that Tony Blair was desperate to cling onto George W Bush s coat tails and back the US to the hilt over Ira but it is also clear that the Bush regime saw the UK as a useful point of support but not ssential and the Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue ensuing war was far damaging on this side of the pond than the otherIt s also abundantly clear from Campbell s writings that the US and the UK had very little in the way of a post conflict strategy for Ira and clear also that there was never going to be any weapons of mass destruction foundither Given that to be the case it is all the disgraceful that Campbell went along with a policy with which he clearly judging by the book had doubts His wife Fiona Millar was also opposed to the Ira war and was also clearly frustrated at the increasingly weird antics of Blair s wife Cherie for whom she worked This all helped to heap the pressure on Campbell particularly towards the nd of. Ost difficult decision of Tony Blair's premiership and almost certainly the most unpopular Campbell describes in detail the discussions with President and "other world leaders as the steps to war are taken and delivers a uniue account of Blair war "world leaders as the steps to war are taken and delivers a uniue account of Blair as war He records the normous political difficulties at home and the sense of crisis that ngulfed the government afte. ,
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diary is as good as tho there s It gives a uniue insight into how the centre ofis as good as tho there s It gives a uniue insight into how the centre of functioned during a particularly interesting point in history Learn how a small group of committed brilliant and flawed people can make a difference I just can t get nough of the Alistair Campbell diaries The insight they provide into the politics of government the media attempts to bring them down and his own personal struggles and demons make the book absolutely fascinating I ve Gone (Gone, enjoyed reading this seuence of 4 diaries covering the period Alastair Campbell was at the side of Tony Blair He does for New Labour what the Tony Benn diaries did for Old Labourbut out of the two these have beenntertaining not least because of the insight into the TBGBs it has to be said that the biggest political mistake well domestically anyway that Blair made was not getting rid of Brown He said he wanted to so many times but bottled itCampbell "actually comes out of all this well My respect for him "comes out of all this well My respect for him gone up anyway It s hard to know where to start with reviewing this book For a political junkie like me Campbell s account of an important period in politics is fascinating and revealing The book. The Burden of Power is the fourth volume of Alastair Campbell's diaries and perhaps the most Threads Of The Shroud eagerly awaited given the ground it coversIt begins on September 11 2001 a day which immediately wrote itself into the history books and itnds on the day Campbell leaves Downing Street In between there are two wars first Afghanistan and then ven controversially Ira It was the ,
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His days as Blair s chief spokesperson and political strategistUnfortunately I can t get beyond Campbell backing for Blair and the Ira war I can appreciate his tribal loyalty to the Labour and his "hatred of the Daily Mail and other lements of the Tory press but ven here he rankles "of the Daily Mail and other lements of the Tory press but Against All Odds even here he rankles his support of the Sun and friendship with some key figures from the Murdoch regime The decision to invade Ira has been proved to have made the world a unsafe place Given the alarm bells that were ringing before the conflict and which Campbell records in this book it was a decision that should never have been taken As much as one might admire his role as a communications operative and a very good writer the fact remains that he was instrumental in selling and defending a decision that has led to so much death and destructionFive out of five for the book but no stars for helping to usher in a period that has seen politicians collective stock sink lower than it hasver been Not all Campbell s fault but he has to take his share of the blameDespite the above I look forward to reading volume five of his diaries Outside Inside which deal with his days outside Number 10 and how he gets drawn back in to the corridors of powe. R the suicide of weapons inspector David KellyAnd all the while Blair continues to struggle with two issues that ran throughout his time in government fighting for peace in Northern Ireland and trying to make peace with Gordon Brown And Campbell continues to struggle balancing the needs of his family with one of the most pressurised roles in politicsRiveting and revelator.