The Herald review opens with:
Living in the public eye means always being asked to say you’re sorry. At least that seemed to be the subtext of last Saturday’s Meeting Myself Coming Back (Radio 4), in which John Wilson questioned former New Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell. You might think Campbell has a lot to say sorry for, of course. But it soon became clear he was not much one for regret and remorse. Were you guilty of bullying behaviour, Wilson asked him at one point?
It seems Campbell once punched a journalist. I suppose if you’re a journalist, you’ll be thinking, I’ll ask him about punching a journalist and see if he apologises.
He doesn’t. It ‘was a long time ago’. He’s lucky he’s not subject to Holyrood rules.
Oh well, what else was there? Oh yes, didn’t he allegedly play some part in causing the death of that weapons of mass destruction inspector, Dr David Kelly?
Not mentioned? That was a long time ago too?
Oh, I know, the ‘sexed-up dossier’ with the big fib about Saddam’s WMD being able to strike us in 45 minutes? The one they used to justify the war? Campbell allegedly did the sexing-up?
The 1 000 000 million dead in that war he allegedly helped to make happen?
Well, I don’t suppose you could ask him about that. It was a long time ago. He’s been depressed. He’s been on the TV a lot telling us about his depression.