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Alastair Campbell: Live webchat Monday 14 October, 1.45 - 2.45pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 12-Oct-13 23:14:17

Alastair Campbell will be joining us at MNTowers on MONDAY 14th OCTOBER between 1.45 and 2.45pm, where he'll be answering questions and telling us about his latest novel My Name Is...

Alastair is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in Labour politics, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charitable fundraising, politics and campaigns.

My Name Is..., tells the story of a young girl's descent into alcoholism and the impact it has on those around her. The voices of Hannah's family, friends and professionals shed a sometimes shocking, sometimes tender light on a life veering terrifyingly off course.

Come and chat to Alastair TODAY at 1.45pm or post a question in advance on this thread.

I was very nice about him on some forum or other. So I was gutted not to find an appropriate photo.

Pelvic I really did have to think about that (dur). Now sniggering like a 13yo boy.

themottledcat Sun 13-Oct-13 22:37:27

I saw you at the Cheltenham Literary Festival with Anne Robinson on Fri eve, which was very entertaining and you didn't

When I got home I really wished I had been brave enough to ask a question but was too scared, so here goes......any likelihood of you putting yourself up to be an MP? Would you be interested in doing that?I think you would be fab

themottledcat Sun 13-Oct-13 22:41:42

Sorry, didn't realise this is about your novel...shouldn't have asked inappropriate question, but will be reading the book.

OddSockMonster Sun 13-Oct-13 22:55:16

PelvicFloorClenchReminder brilliant question. A friend's little DD sings that, it's great!

mignonette Sun 13-Oct-13 22:59:20

What objective research did you do for your book outside of your own experiences, that is.

Bearing in mind the appalling level of service provision for people w/ alcohol issues in the UK(that sadly predates the current acting, non elected Government, do you think the extension of opening hours for establishments selling alcohol was a mistake? Do you think that the British psyche is basically unsuited to 'Continental style' drinking?

Cut me in half and you'd find Labour stamped through like a stick of rock but services for alcoholics are scanty and poorly resourced. Disappointed w/ Labour's actions re alcohol.

drawsofdrawers Mon 14-Oct-13 00:06:57

Hi Alastair. Looking forward to reading the new book!

1. What issues do you think local labour activists should be talking about on the doorstep in the run up to the local and national elections?

2. Any advice for an aspiring senior pr/strategist? (My sister does this at a junior level and thinks you are fab)

3. You're not married. What surname do your kids have and how did you decide which one to go for?

pickofthepops Mon 14-Oct-13 00:14:06

Hi Alastair

Can you share a confidence tip for those of us who have lost out 'mojo'? Genuine question as I like your self assuredness. Tks smile

BumgrapesofWrath Mon 14-Oct-13 00:31:54

Hello Alastair

Can I say that I thoroughly enjoyed your run-in with Adam Boulton after the election? It really does make me smile...

My question is:-
Having read the synopsis of your book, I am concerned that it may be a bit downbeat and a little bit too "close to home" (my father has alcohol issues.) Can you tell me why I should read it?

(I really want to ask about whether you find the comparison to Malcolm Tucker flattering, but I'm sure you get asked that all the time!)

Butwilliseeyouagain Mon 14-Oct-13 03:45:26

Do you feel you were being a little transparent when you said you watched In the Loop and it was rubbish?

MrJudgeyPants Mon 14-Oct-13 07:44:30

With ever more politicians following the private school, Oxbridge PPE, career politician route, is politics in danger of losing relevance with the electorate?

LadyStark Mon 14-Oct-13 08:10:25

Given the work you do for alcohol concern as well as more general awareness raising on issues relating to alcohol, why do you work for a lobbying firm that represents alcohol companies? It really seems at odds.

LonelyGoatherd Mon 14-Oct-13 09:18:20

Who would win in a fight, you or Tucker?

Look forward to reading the book <simpers>

PervCat Mon 14-Oct-13 09:22:22

lets settle the old Popbitch one - who would win - badger or baboon?

and why

pickofthepops Mon 14-Oct-13 10:50:25

Alastair, what did you think of Borgen, if you watched it that is.,?

tripethelightfantastic Mon 14-Oct-13 11:34:28

Hullo Alastair,

Did you have much say in the design of your book jacket? I only ask because I was quite surprised by it, as it reminds me of a Jodi Picoult cover, which seems quite unlike you. But of course I could be completely misunderstanding your writing wink

Thanks for coming to Mumsnet!

NotEnoughTime Mon 14-Oct-13 11:37:00

Hi Alastair

Welcome to Mumsnet!

In your personal experience do you think your depression caused the alcoholism or the other way around?

Do you live in fear that one will trigger the other?

Thank you.

Good luck with your book. I have just ordered it-it looks very good creepblush

CogitoErgoMum Mon 14-Oct-13 11:56:52

Hello Alastair

Are there any qualities/virtues that you wish you saw more of in the influential circles in which you move? And do you think the lack of these qualities is attributable to poor parenting, or is it just tough to be 'good' at the top?

Good luck with the book and thank you for giving us time.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Mon 14-Oct-13 13:38:58

so looking forward to this

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 14-Oct-13 13:40:47

Alistair Campbell is in the building and be will get going soon.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Mon 14-Oct-13 13:41:16


AlastairCampbell Mon 14-Oct-13 13:42:08

Hello, I am at Mumsnet Towers. Loads of good questions already. More welcome. Will get through as many as possible. Btw just got stopped by someone at Leicester Sq tube who said 'please send a coded message to my wife saying she is on there too long and too often.' Hello

AlastairCampbell Mon 14-Oct-13 13:44:31


Hi Alastair

Welcome to Mumsnet!

In your personal experience do you think your depression caused the alcoholism or the other way around?

Do you live in fear that one will trigger the other?

Thank you.

Good luck with your book. I have just ordered it-it looks very good creepblush

Alcohol is a depressive, so it gives a lift and then a fall. I thought I had dealt with my depression in 1986 when I stopped drinking but alas not. So I have concluded my depression just is, and my various addictions are a way of dealing with that. Thanks re the book. I really hope it makes a difference in getting a debate going about alcohol. we are living in denial. Ps watch C4 9pm tonight

I have a very good feeling about this.

AlastairCampbell Mon 14-Oct-13 13:45:04


Who would win in a fight, you or Tucker?

Look forward to reading the book <simpers>


pickofthepops Mon 14-Oct-13 13:45:22

No party has taxed mumsnet at least, yet! Good clean free fun here, Alastair. Well not necessarily clean grin

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