But What Can I Do?: Why Politics Has Gone So Wrong, and How You Can Help Fix It

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But What Can I Do?: Why Politics Has Gone So Wrong, and How You Can Help Fix It

But What Can I Do?: Why Politics Has Gone So Wrong, and How You Can Help Fix It

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A former communications director for Tony Blair, he seemed less Machiavellian than, say, Dominic Cummings, and instead determined – often belligerently – to do the right thing by his country, even if half the country was convinced he was wrong. In November 2017, he was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his work in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness and promoting the importance of psychiatry.

In the wake of the referendum in which the UK voted to leave the EU, he helped set up a new newspaper, The New European. He created a Strategic Communications Unit which gave Downing Street the power to co-ordinate all government activity, using what became known as "the grid" as its main apparatus. On 9 September 2002, Campbell sent a memo to Sir John Scarlett, the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, in which Campbell directed that the British dossier be "one that complements rather than conflicts with" the US claims. Such dir einen beliebigen Titel aus dem gesamten Katalog aus – darunter Bestseller und Neuerscheinungen. He put Downing Street briefings on record for the first time, and although he was only identified as "The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman", he became one of the most high-profile and written about figures in British politics, earning the epithet "the real deputy Prime Minister".

He did this until he resigned in September 2003, saying it had been an enormous privilege but he wanted more of a life with his partner Fiona and their three children, Rory, Calum and Grace, now aged 36, 34 and 29.

He has written nineteen books in the past sixteen years, including eleven volumes of diaries, four novels, a Number 1 best-selling analysis of what it takes to win in politics, business and sport, Winners and How They Succeed, and two personal accounts of depression and the pursuit of happiness. His family moved to Leicester in 1968, and he went to school there until going to Cambridge University in 1975.Social media has done much to harm thoughtful public debate, and culture warriors continue to exploit grievances rather than engage with them, and yet I still believe that if you have the better argument, ultimately you give yourself the better chance of winning. In 2000, he took a period of leave to walk across Asia, the Afghanistan leg of which he later described in his acclaimed book The Places in Between . For the Mental Health Awareness Week two years later he broadcast the documentary Alastair Campbell: Depression and Me, exploring different ways of dealing and coping with depression. A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for several charities, including Mind, Rethink and Alcohol Concern. So convinced was I back in 2016 that, when push came to shove, Remain would win, I largely kept out of the campaign.

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