This excellent series of diaries is now in its eight volume. This period sees Campbell at something of a personal and professional crossroads, having departed in the main from day to day involvement in front line politics, although still acting as an ad hoc advisor to the Labour leadership. His main focus though has shifted to writing, public speaking and consultancy work, for which there seems to be no shortage of takers, as well as acting as ambassador to a number of mental health charities, an area which is very close to his heart. Inevitably perhaps, with the Cameron led coalition in power, he feels guilty at not doing more to help the Labour Party and Ed Milliband in particular, but is reluctant to be drawn back into the arena, and is also still embroiled in the Chilcot and Leveson Inquiries. The strongest and most poignant writing, however, comes when he writes of the upheavals in his personal life – the deaths of his mother and of his close friend and colleague Philip Gould, and the descent of his son into alcoholism, a problem faced by Campbell himself in earlier years. This first class (and lengthy) read, concludes with the re-election of Cameron in 2015, leaving the Labour Party in disarray. I’ve really enjoyed all the previous volumes in this series, and I’m glad to say this latest addition to it is no exception.
Length of Read:Epic
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Political diaries, current affairs.
One thing you’ve learned
We are rapidly reaching the present day in this series, so I wonder if and when another volume might appear.