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Campbell bites hand that feeds

Alastair Campbell, former director of strategy and communications and spin doctor extraordinaire for UK prime minister Tony Blair, chose the Euromoney Global Borrowers and Investors Forum in London to espouse his theory that the financial and business communities would be more effective if they were helpful to government ministers, rather than ?just nagging them?.

Campbell clearly understands what it?s like to be picked on. ?In my time in the Number 10 press office, I was below mass murderers and just above asylum-seekers in the Daily Mail lexicon of hatred,? he said, talking about his relationship with the UK press.

Defending his reputation for putting a very positive spin on government policy, he conceded that the ends did ?not always? justify the means.

But choosing to attack the Daily Mail while being paid to speak by a company majority owned by Daily Mail and General Trust suggests he doesn?t stick to his own theories too closely. 

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