It’s the imminent social media fall-out almost everyone saw coming.
And the former director of communications is a Gospel Oak resident scorned, after the UK Respect party leader appeared to orchestrate the publication of CCTV footage that he claims showed Campbell in an altercation with a 61-year-old resident in a Hampstead side street.
What no-one could predict is quite the manner in which it took place.
Seemingly turning the other cheek on spin for a modern trolling, Campbell tweeted the following:
Anyone other than his sycophants not blocked by @georgegalloway? Hope he is seeing the near universal condemnation. Pathetic little manAlastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) January 15, 2015
Hey up @georgegalloway how come you block so many people? I don't block anyone even complete lowlife ps read Ham and High editorialAlastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) January 15, 2015
.@georgegalloway - the Paul Dacre of twitter. Dishes out liberally. Blocks if not signed up to twisted view of the worldAlastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) January 15, 2015
ur losing hands down on twitter @georgegalloway Maybe if you unblocked a few thousand and engaged a bit? But that'd that mean non sycophantsAlastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) January 15, 2015
He interspersed his cutting remarks by retweeting anti-Galloway comments from his followers.
Galloway has since responded with the below:
Campbell blew the key trumpet for wars which plunged the whole world in blood. Why would anyone come on Twitter to defend him?George Galloway (@georgegalloway) January 15, 2015
Campbell works for huge sums of money for some of the world's grimmest tyrannies. He is voice of the war criminal Tony Blair @TheBlairDocGeorge Galloway (@georgegalloway) January 15, 2015
His remarks come after Campbell posted a dedicated blog post about the Hampstead altercation, in which he publishes his full account of the incident.
blogpost: The truth about the altercation which has become George Galloway's latest film-promoting propaganda http://t.co/MZ9NFZN3sBAlastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) January 15, 2015
“Though I am used to robust debate, this is the first time I have been attacked in a public place and the first time I have been spat at,” he wrote.
“We have lived in Gospel Oak, happily and as active members of the local community, for decades and it has always felt safe and friendly.”
The man, who remains anonymous, claims Campbell had hit him in the left shoulder, which Campbell denies.
Campbell added that “nothing surprises” him about Galloway's involvement, and he decried the Ham&High's decision to allow the 61-year-old man to remain unidentified.
“I am now going out and about my NW3 business,” he concludes. “Will be running on the Heath later.”Reuse content