Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Topten. Clan Campbell; Watch out, There Are Campbells about, and for Ferocity and Sheer Bloody-Mindedness, This Tribe Has No Equal. You Know When You've Been Campbelled

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Topten. Clan Campbell; Watch out, There Are Campbells about, and for Ferocity and Sheer Bloody-Mindedness, This Tribe Has No Equal. You Know When You've Been Campbelled

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As Tony Blair's former chief spin doctor, Alastair developed a reputation as a fearsome political operator who could silence critics of Number 10 with his colourful tirades. Now Blair has let his Rottweiler back out of the kennel to combat the Cameron threat.

Will the battle of the Camerons and the Campbells be a rerun of the massacre of Glencoe?

The Campbells are great survivors and none more so than Lady Colin. She may have settled down to penning romantic tomes, but this lady of letters will not be cowed. She recently began proceedings against The Spectator for the second time. 'I don't want to take them to the cleaners - just as far as the nearest Chinese laundry,' is her battle cry. The Campbell cleans up.

Arsenal player Sol is a stalwart defender, and boy, would you want him on your side. He is a red-blooded womaniser, most recently being spotted playing with Kelly Hoppen, Dido and a Miss Wales finalist (who was dumped soon after selling her story). Like his fellow Campbells, he is in league with the English - with three lions on his chest.

Woe betide anyone who upsets the bloodthirsty clan, and tantrum-prone Naomi has her fair share of fiery Campbell blood. The clan has been involved in endless skirmishes over the years, not unlike the Streatham beauty's violent, missile-hurling outbursts at friends and personal assistants. The very model of a Campbell.

Poor Charles Kennedy; he just didn't realise the dangers of having a Campbell in his midst.Sir Menzies showed his colours when, according to Kennedy's supporters, he plotted to bring down his leader over his drinking. Ming has never forgiven the young upstart for beating him to the Lib Dem leadership.

Well, the Campbell motto is 'Ne obliviscaris' ('Do not forget').

Although she was born and bred in Ontario, Neve is fiercely proud of her father's Scottish roots. …

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