So, the long-awaited Alastair Campbell Diaries are available for public consumption. I have to admit to being amongst those who have been waiting fairly impatiently to have a read at them but at a price of £25 I might be happy to wait just a little bit longer.
It does seem like a fascinating read from the snippets that have been published. The Sunday Times for one had a very long interview with the ex Chief of Spin and rather than do what I usually do (read the headline, the next 8 paragraphs and then just look at the pictures) I actually read the whole thing.
Will it be completely objective? Of course not. Will there be any bits damaging to Tony or Gordon? Not a chance. But it doesn't matter, Alastair Campbell was pretty much as deep into New Labour as you can get and we're getting his thoughts over the entire period.
And anyway, as long as it throws up amusing stories like this one, I don't really care how economic with the truth Alastair has chosen to be.
PS Totally unrelated but I was in London at the weekend and the size and number of Union Jacks all along Whitehall is so ridiculous it's actually quite funny. They seem out of place without the Queen rolling down alongside them in her golden carriage. Doesn't Gordon Brown realise everyone sees through this British ploy??