Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell took to social media last week to lament the loss of reasonable discourse in politics. After speaking on Iain Dale’s LBC radio show he praised the host, saying:
Good chat with @IainDale @lbc on Brexit just now. I always feel he is one of those people with whom I totally disagree but can have reasonable conversation, of which there is all too little in our politics right now
— Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) August 3, 2018
So has the earnest Remainer been taking his own advice when it comes to the merits of sensible conversation? Mr Steerpike thinks not. The timely intervention for more decorum came only one day after he unleashed a Twitter broadside against Brexiteer Arron Banks. Apparently not keen to engage with the substance of the debate, Campbell quickly descended into personal jibes, attacking Banks’ weight and drawing attention to his ‘moobs’ (man boobs).
I think we have found Banksi's sensitive spot folks! Not the Russian colliusion. Not the dodgy dosh. Not the phoney diamonds. Not the Vote Leave lawbreaking. He's fine with all that. It's the MOOBS! Don't mention Banksi's Moobskis. It makes him even more vile than usual! https://t.co/3eC0QDuiXQ
— Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) August 2, 2018
If that’s what Campbell considers to be ‘reasonable conversation,’ Mr S worries what he thinks counts as offensive.