I’m not usually a reader of political diaries – in fact I think Alan Clark’s is the only one I’ve read before these. I got into this series when I was laid up with illness a few years back, and have followed them ever since. Campbell is a bit of a ‘marmite’ character I suppose, but I’ve always found him an entertaining and interesting writer and speaker. This is the sixth hefty volume of these diaries, and it takes some getting through. In fact, the first section isn’t involved with politics at all, dealing with the author’s role as PR consultant on the Lions tour of New Zealand – interesting if you’re a rugger bugger, not so much if, like me, you’re not. In fact, the main fault with this book is that, during the years covered, Campbell was no longer on the No 10 payroll as such, although he does seem to spend an awful lot of time there in an unofficial capacity, and thus is not as involved in the day to day running of the government, and the issues it throws up. This mainly involves the handover between Blair and Brown, or ‘the transition’ as » Continue Reading.