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The Way We Were: Christmas Eve

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine  


24th December, 2003

Alastair Campbell, five months after his resignation as Tony Blair’s Director of Communications and Strategy, writes in his diary:

“The big story was that one of the Queen’s corgis had been killed by one of Princess Anne’s terriers. Apparently it wasn’t the first time Anne’s dog had had a go, and there were calls for it to be put down. There was something ridiculously British about the whole thing, dominating the news on the day before the country was expected to sit down after a big…

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