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What would you ask Alistair Campbell?
Rich Harris (Citywire)
Posted: 13 January 2011 09:09:07(UTC)

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Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's right hand man - and the inspiration for superlative-defying comedy <i>The Thick of It</i> - will be the after dinner speaker tonight at a Citywire event for financial advisers taking place in London.

He's kindly agreed to let us interview him - on camera - and while we've got plenty of questions of our own, we'd love to hear what Citywire readers would put to him.

We won't be able to ask him all your questions, but we'll ask as many as we can. (As long as they're repeatable. Be civil!)

Do your worst, folks.
Simon Taylor
Posted: 13 January 2011 10:07:10(UTC)

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Has he apologised to Janice Kelly yet?
Steven McCann
Posted: 13 January 2011 10:12:34(UTC)

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Has he managed to right himself from the perpetual spin he's been in all through his political career?
Will Ton
Posted: 13 January 2011 10:49:15(UTC)

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Does he feel that the PR and blatant spin that the New Labour years generated in politics are well and truly over, now that the voting public have seen through it and consequently feel let down and cheated by the failure of that government to make the most of the Brown Boom years, resulting in the squandering of the nation's wealth over the period.

Is he prepared to say Sorry ?
Donald Alexander
Posted: 13 January 2011 10:49:37(UTC)

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How much information could you and Tony Blair absorb, and how could you know if some of the "information" was correct and the most relevant?
Donald Hunter
Posted: 13 January 2011 10:50:41(UTC)

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I believe you support Kilmarnock Football Club. What would you do to improve Scottish football?
George Woodhouse
Posted: 13 January 2011 10:58:47(UTC)

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Tony Blair is neither a warmongerer or stupid. Yet his legagies are the war against Iraq and our worst economic situation since records began. Do you think, if he had had the courage to stand up against George Bush, and the courage to sack Gordon Brown that he could have stood alongside Thatcher and Churchill as some of the great prime ministers of the 20th century?
Keith Dillingham
Posted: 13 January 2011 11:05:27(UTC)

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You helped Tony Blair create a more executive style of government, reducing the role of MPs and of the Foreign Office in making foreign policy decisions. On reflection don't you see dangers in this and think that consensual politics produces more balanced decisions that are better for the country?
Posted: 13 January 2011 11:07:02(UTC)

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I trust you are not paying him anything, because I doubt that you will get much truth out of him.
Anonymous Post
Posted: 13 January 2011 11:17:14(UTC)
Anonymous 1 needed this 'Off the Record'

How do you respond to the view that your past activities encouraged all political parties and politicians in this country, particularly those in the labour party, to become more deceitful?

Would you be prepared to acknowledge that you played your part in a thirteen year long process that devastated the British economy?

Do you now believe that it would be better if we could return to a situation where there is more honesty and openness?
Posted: 13 January 2011 11:19:20(UTC)

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Should chancellors of the exchequor,and shadow chancellors have a qualification in economics and should directors of banks have banking qualifications?(I wouldn't feel too happy about being treated by a doctor with no medical qualifications)
Posted: 13 January 2011 11:28:44(UTC)

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How much guilt does he feel for his part in the death of David Kelly
Posted: 13 January 2011 11:42:54(UTC)

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Alistair Campbell does not believe in private education. How would he propose to change the education system so that there would be no private schools and every parent would therefore have to support the state system which should lead to an improvement in standards and equal opportunity for all children, regardless of their parents' wealth?
Geoff Evans
Posted: 13 January 2011 11:59:03(UTC)

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Why does he answer every searching question with "LOOK------"?
How much did the benefit to Israel influence the decision to invade Iraq?
Given his appearance what are his racial antecedents?
Richard Lander (Citywire)
Posted: 13 January 2011 12:01:02(UTC)

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As the person who'll be interviewing Mr Campbell, may I thank you for all these. Keep 'em coming!

@donaldhunter... I think he's a Burnley fan, no?
Posted: 13 January 2011 12:05:52(UTC)

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Two questions, actually:
1) Does it take any conscious effort to be such a devious, lying T055er, or does it just come naturally?
2) Are you planning to be buried in a special, revolving coffin so that you can continue spinning in your grave?
alan thorburn
Posted: 13 January 2011 12:14:29(UTC)

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Would it be Christian to crucify Tony Blair?
Deborah Hyde (Citywire)
Posted: 13 January 2011 12:19:20(UTC)

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Did Gordon Brown save the world?
Rob Walker
Posted: 13 January 2011 12:31:31(UTC)

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If David Kelly really did commit suicide, why did the government go to such lengths NOT to conduct a normal inquest that in any other death of such a high profile person, and given the evidence at the scene of death, would have been almost mandatory ?
alan thorburn
Posted: 13 January 2011 12:46:04(UTC)

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