Alastair Campbell has a very interesting blog this morning, which has been picked up for its attack on Andrew Marr for today telling David Cameron he is "on a roll!".
But there is another, more important element: a full-frontal attack on the Murdoch media empire. This is significant because Campbell was key to Blair winning over the Sun's support in the 1997 election. And close watchers of Campbell since the Sun switched to the Tories last year might have noticed that Campbell has held back slightly from launching a full-scale assault on the Murdoch press to which he ramains close. Today, however, he says this:
A victim of the Sun throughout his leadership of Labour, Kinnock spoke from the heart. "You imagine what it's like having your head stuck inside a f*****g light bulb then you tell me how I'm supposed to feel when I see you set off halfway round the world to grease him up," he said, referring to the tabloid's front page on polling day in 1992, which declared that, if Kinnock were to win, the last voter to leave the country should "turn the lights off".
When Campbell protested that he and Blair had given nothing to Murdoch, Kinnock countered prophetically: "You will. And he will take it. You will get his support and then you will get the support of a few racist b*******, and then you'll lose it again the minute that we are in trouble."
And so it came to pass. After an awkward 14-year interlude, the Sun has now returned to doing what it does best: bashing Labour.
Source: New Statesman