There's a lot in the papers about Alastair Campbell's diaries today. Apparently the BBC are going to pay a lot of money - our money - for the broadcast serialisation rights. They are obviously deeply forgiving people.
But it does occur to me that someone should start penning the Not the Alastair Campbell Diaries, which would include all the bits he is going to leave out. Peter Oborne has written a biography of Campbell so I reckon he's the man to come to the aid of his country now. For all I know, he is already doing it as he has taken a month off from his Mail column, ostensibly to write a book on something else.
Correction: [blush] I mistakenly wrote that Oborne had penned the Not the Alan Clark Diaries in the original version of this piece. Sarkis Zeronian correctly points out they were in fact written by Peter Bradshaw. [/blush]
Iain! It was Peter BRADSHAW not Oborne! Oborne would never right something with a sense of humour!
Bet he does not get as much as the talented Jonathan Ross,eighteen million pounds well spent I thought,wonder if that was what cost the BBC the hoped for extra on the license fee ?
Oborne's book on Campbell is a pretty standard and dare i say its a 'boring' read...It took him 400 pages to say that Alaistair Campbell was a powerful, perhaps at times the most powerful man in New Labour. Thanks for that.
Surely the Campbell diaries are a worthwhile investment of the license fee because it will provoke enourmous interest and generate high listening/watching figures...
Someone buerk on 18foxstreet reckoned THEY should get license fee money...Yeah because they are the real purveyours of truth and balanced coverage!!
Iain: You really have not got your finger on the pulse on this one. The not Alastair Campbell Diaries has already been penned...
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