1990-1999 | Serbia

BLAIR SENDS CAMPBELL TO BRUSSELS TO HELP SPIN THE BOMBING OF SERBIA

16 April 1999 As of 16 April 1999, it was three weeks into the bombing campaign against Serbia and the RAF was still regularly missing its targets.  The assault was not only flattening extensive areas of Belgrade, killing many civilians and creating a huge flood of refugees but it was also provoking Serb forces in…

2000-2009 | Afghanistan | Blair's crimes

Tony Blair cautions Berlusconi not to be overly concerned about war casualties

17 September 2001 In 2001, Alastair Campbell, as Tony Blair’s director of communications, was one of the few officials in almost daily contact with the prime minister. On 17 September, six days after the attack on the World Trade Centre, he noted in his diary that the PM had lunch with the Italian prime minister,…

2000-2009 | Blair's crimes

Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell joke about killing Clare Short

9 April 2003 [ 9 April 2003 ] Unlike other ministers, Clare Short, the secretary of state for international development, was not afraid to voice her opinion, within and outside Cabinet, that the Iraq war was both illegal and a disproportionate use of force. Tony Blair and his communications director, Alastair Campbell, both viewed her…

2000-2009 | United States

Worries about the wrong sort of spin over Guantanamo

16 January 2002 Writing in his diary on 16 January 2002, Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s Director of Communications, expressed apprehension over the potential political fallout from a recent statement by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Campbell noted that Rumsfeld had admitted ‘he couldn’t care less about the conditions of al-Qaeda/Taliban people in Cuba (Guantanamo Bay).’…