Alastair Campbell’s latest volume of diaries brings to mind the sign that used to be a ubiquitous feature of the 1980s workplace: “You don’t have to be mad to work here ... But it helps!” To my knowledge, no Westminster wag has ever hung one in No 10. From Campbell’s account of government during the transition from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown, however, it would not have been out of place. As a mental health campaigner, Campbell has always been open about his ongoing episodes of depression.
Paul Abbott was 15 when he won his first award for a short story. The woman who ran his corner shop spotted a photograph of him holding his prize in the local Burnley paper. "She had teeth like a graveyard - black, crooked. She says, 'I've got an electric typewriter, and while we're working in the shop, the flat's free upstairs, you know?' Well, it fucking wasn't. She used to fuck the brains out of me to use her electric typewriter.
Gemma Collins was walking down Brentwood high street in Essex when a total stranger shouted from his van: “You fat cunt.” As she says: “That’s not normal, is it?” Only, for her it is. Just this Wednesday, she was in Sainsbury’s when two middle-aged male contractors working in the store approached to say they had just seen her car being stolen. “Oh my God, oh my God,” she panicked, beginning to shake. “Ha, ha!” they sneered.
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Selecting a term
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