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His detractors are becoming more vociferous

Hello again...

This Sunday, on the Politics Show, we've secured an exclusive interview with the prime minister - his first major interview on British television since September.

On July 21st 1994, Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party - and within three years prime minister.

Some time within the next six months - possibly as soon as May - the Blair era will come to an end.

His supporters (and there are still some) will be quick to tell you about unbroken economic growth, low inflation and unemployment, the minimum wage, more money for public services, a more open and tolerant society.

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Behind very sealed doors... world leaders negotiate

His detractors will tell you his legacy will be a disastrous and entirely avoidable quagmire in Iraq, sleaze and dishonesty in the British political establishment; and a pervading sense of disappointment and disaffection among former Labour supporters.

For the time being, Tony Blair is still hard at work, debating world trade and climate change at the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland.

And it's there that I will be speaking to him for the Politics Show this weekend.

I'll be talking to him about these and other issues on his plate before he finally hands over the reins of power, and pondering over the legacy bequeathed by the dominant figure in British politics for more than a decade.

Also on the programme...

Is patient choice working for you..?

Most people like the idea of being able to choose, rather than being told what is going to happen to them.

If you have to have an operation, wouldn't it be ideal if you had the power to go to the hospital with the lowest MRSA infection rates? Or the one which specialised in your particular complaint? Or the one with the best food, or cheapest car parking? Or simply the one nearest you?

In theory, we can all see the advantages of patient choice.

The trouble is, the government has been trying it for the last 12 months - and it just hasn't quite caught on.

The computers don't work, the patients are baffled by the array of choices, the GPs hate it, and the government target to have 90% of appointments made this way looks like being missed by a mile.

Max Cotton investigates where patient choice could possibly have gone wrong.

Join me in freezing Davos this Sunday...

The Politics Show...

It's all on the Politics Show on Sunday 28 January 2006 at 12:00 GMT - the roast can wait.

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