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Audience question: After ten years as Prime Minister, is it fair to remember Blair's enduring legacy as the invasion of Iraq?
I am from Iraq and I know that most Iraqis, more than 70%, are grateful to Mr Blair and British forces to liberate them.The greatest legacy of Mr Blair is to help remove the worst dictatorship in the world.
Karim Zibari, London
I do not understand why people are saying that UK going to Iraq is a stain on Blair's legacy....Do they not know that he helped to get rid of a terrible dictator in modern time. Tony Blair is a visionary and i believe he has done Britain good.
Charles Hubbard Jnr, London
The Blair legacy is control of the BBC! When opposition to the occupation of Iraq is at its highest, why are Question Time panels dominated by those who supported Blair's strategy? Oona King again! Kicked out as an MP because of her support of the invasion, she appears only to support Blair and for the opportunity to snipe at those who defeated her. The audience can only be left feeling manipulated, demoralised and confused. Where are views which could challenge these establishment cronies?
John Holliday, Liverpool
Mr Blair's legacy will be PFI. Millions, maybe billions of pounds will be paid for by generations to come. Iraq, NHS & education will long be forgotten and he will be remembered for the debt he left.
Peter Riley, Bath
The legacy of Tony Blair? Being ashamed to be British.
Ben Kasstan, Peterborough
Commentators on Tony Blair's legacy often mention three general election wins. This is untouchably great for the Labour party but means nothing for the country or its people.
George Lewis, Henley
Text: The Blair legacy will be cemented in future court cases.
Text: Blair will be remembered as the man who eroded personal freedoms.
Text: HP of Oswestry is probably right. The CCTV boom may eventually be the biggest legacy of Blair's reign.
Sally G, Norfolk
Tony Blair's greatest legacy is the collapse of trust in politicians and the media. the state control of the BBC in the Campbell years was a national disgrace. Add to that the systematic dismantling of the UK, the lies told to the electorate and the pending imposition of the pension thief, how can anyone say he's been a good pm? As for Brown's running of the economy, it has been based on a massive increase to personal debt to keep the economy afloat.
Graham Mead, Bournemouth
Text: Blair does not have to take all the blame.
Text: No PM has a single issue as a legacy. Iraq is huge, but success in Northern Ireland is big too.
Gary B, Uxbridge
Audience question: Like the Prime Minister, is it now time for the Health Secretary to resign?
The comments from one or two individuals on this page regarding "overpaid" doctors betrays a truly laughable ignorance. If these people cannot distinguish between tabloid headlines regarding supposedly overpaid GPs, and the thousands of low-paid junior doctors working round the clock to prop up a failing health care system, who are faced with more than simple "unemployment", then they have nothing sensible or credible to offer the debate.
I am a medical student who was once a lawyer. I entered medicine because I cared about and was passionate to help people, not for inflated wages, I could be earning far more as a lawyer. Junior doctors' basic wage is £20,000 and I will leave with debts (thanks to Labour) of over £25,000. Incompetence and arrogance have led thousands of caring people to face the prospect of unemployment. Market forces are fair but billions of tax-payers' money should be invested wisely - I should be a doctor.
Leigh Bissett, Norwich
Patricia Hewitt suffered the angry retaliation of many in the audience. I would like to let her know that as a Conservative, I have never been happier with the NHS. I have nothing but praise for the service and its people and feel it provides a better service now than ever. Keep your job Patricia, I belive you are sincere. There is always room for improvement in any service.
Text: She should not resign, she should be sacked. She is a disgrace.
Patricia Hewitt should resign for the way this government has destroyed the NHS,
Reverend Peter Brown, Northampton
Mrs Hewitt, you have betrayed me. I voted Labour in 1996 hoping for a better future. I achieved exceptional A levels, won a place at the top medical school, completed my surgical training and am now trying to be an ENT surgeon. I am a woman, from North Wales. My family remortgaged their home for me to study to help people. I hate you and everything you stand for. This is a huge conspiracy to destroy the NHS which is unfundable. You are too cowardly to admit it. You are detestable. Resign.
Dr Angharad Lee, London
Patricia Hewitt is the worst thing that has ever happened to the NHS. She is responsible for a system (MTAS) that has destroyed all of the goodwill that has been keeping the NHS afloat over many decades. When will she take responsibility for the chaos she and her department have caused? I know so many talented junior doctors who are being forced to consider alternative careers or to leave the country, just so that they can support their families.
Shocked and stunned by Oona King's admission that having been given an appointment to see her GP the next day she then took her child to accident and emergency. I am sure that if it was an emergency her GP would have seen her on the day. Although I obviously do not know the full circumstances, Ms King seems to have reinforced the behaviour of turning up at A&E inappropriately wasting NHS resources.
It is interesting to see Oona King claim the four hour rule is a success on the basis of her blatant abuse of the system. Using A&E because she couldn't have an immediate GP appointment? She didn't specify what the nature of the complaint was but by definition, if she asked for an appointment first then it doesn't sound like an accident or emergency. How do we stop the abuse of public services when even the MPs are at it?
I find it amazing that junior doctors should expect to be treated so well. Over the last 10 years they have had substantial pay rises and work fewer hours and still believe that they have a right to a job at the end of their training - an arrangement that is just not available to 99% of graduates coming onto the job market today. I have absolutely no sympathy for them.
Allan Kerr, Nottingham
Text: I work for NHS Direct, Blair has turned it into the "Can you find me a dentist?" hotline.
Why has the BBC allowed the audience to be packed out with disgruntled junior doctors? It is no surprise that scandalously high wage increases for doctors has led to a flood of those seeking over-inflated wages to enter the profession. This is simply the cosseted tax-funded medical profession waking up to the grown-up world of the market place. I don't condone centralist Government incompetence, but I have limited sympathy with students chasing huge wages finding they might have to compete.
Patricia Hewitt is insulting and ignorant to the plight of newly qualified nurses and doctors. Apparently it was the NHS's best year? Perhaps as an MP she should have done some serious research on the matter. She quite clearly does not care - not that it matters as she will be deployed to another area to ruin.
Susan Love, Nottingham
I do not think that Patricia Hewitt should resign as Health Secretary. There is a lot wrong with the NHS which has to be put right soon. Continually changing the Health Secretary will not bring successful change in my view. Colonel Tim Collins was I thought completely right in what he said on this subject. Great progress has been made in medicine since 1947 when the NHS was set up, these were not imagined at this time. I hope that we will see an NHS that we can all be proud of in the future.
Steve Fuller, Hove, East Sussex
Text: The treatment of junior doctors is a sorry disgrace..
Text: If the NHS is that bad, how come everyone flocks here to use it?
Save us from the loud-mouthed, overpaid doctors. Unemployment is needed in all professions since otherwise even the incompetent get jobs. Train more doctors, pay them less and we get less arrogant but caring vocational individuals. The doctors have ruled the roost for too long and are responsible for many of the problems we face since they have always engineered a shortage.
The misinformed comments here show that Labour spin carries weight more than substance. Doctors don't earn huge sums of money often banded about by DoH officials. I didn't study medicine for financial gain - law or dentistry would have been a better choice. Senior nurses and train drivers earn more than me, for half my working hours. I don't grudge them that but neither had to go through five years of university with debt of £25k at graduation. Medicine isn't about money, it is about trying to help others.
Is it not time to simply scrap the NHS? It clearly doesn't work properly and is run and managed by people who don't seem to have much of a clue about what they are supposed to be doing. £4 billion on the computer system that doesn't work? What on earth is going on here? Lets move to the American model and get health insurance for hospitals run by private companies, giving us all greater choice and the chance of top level medical care.
Chris Lewis, Manchester
Text: NHS has too many pen pushers and not enough doctors and nurses. Pen pushers don't save lives!
Junior doctors in the UK are dedicated to the nation's health and the public. Not this government and especially not Patricia Hewitt. Listen to us. We deal and sort out the Labour government's shortcomings daily.
Dr Nirav Shah, Birmingham
A notable omission from the NHS debate tonight was any reference to dentistry. The new NHS dental contract is now one year old. Its introduction was characterised by inefficiency and blunder, and its subsequent operation has been inept. Those dentists who can are jumping ship and leaving the NHS. Lab technicians confirm that the dental health of patients has been put back by a generation. Another resounding Labour achievement.
Jayne Cahill, Horley, Surrey
Audience question: Should there be a public inquiry into the events of 7/7?
Text: No inquiry this government has had was worth the effort. The Americans will not leave Iraq until they have secured the oil for themselves.
Well done Colonel Tim Collins. One of the first sensible voices to comment in the aftermath of the fertiliser trial. Why cannot we congratulate MI5 and the police for the tremendous job that they have done and continue to do, stopping extremists letting off bombs and saving 100s of lives? Let's stop this talk of more inquiries and let them get on with their job so there are no more atrocities like 7/7.
I was disappointed with the naive comments Tim Collins made about Muslims and particularly the comment about "Muslims trying to make a Hell Hole of this country like that where they came from" - or words to that effect - well Col Collins most of us come from the same place as you presumably do - the UK - as over half of all Muslims were born and brought up here. Mr Collins should look at the causes the rage - like our decades of blind unabated support of Israeli and US state terror.
Michael Jabir, Leicestershire
Colonel Tim Collins said that he wanted to know what it is that is fuelling young British Muslims to commit terrorist acts. Well the answer to that question is quite obvious. It is due to foreign policy and the increasing persecution of Muslims abroad that is angering many Muslims. I totally condemn terrorism in all its forms, but the way the Muslims are being terrorised in Iraq and Afghanistan to name but a few countries, is the worst form of terrorism imaginable.
Text: An inquiry will just prove what we know already. A mistake was made.
If we are reliant on those politicians on your panel to prevent more bombings and the Security Services to be lucky all the time - forget it, more bombings and killings are inevitable! They are not prepared to take the maximum action to minimise the threat!
As they are not - they should step down from office!
M. E. Ridley, Newcastle
Text: Those groups who want an inquiry are seeking to divert attention from their own community failings.
Text: Security services are criticised whatever. They have an unenviable job. Be thankful they're there for us.
Colonel Tim Collins shockingly said 'those wanting to attack us want to turn this country into the hell hole from which they originated'. How ignorant can he be? All four bombers on 7/7 were from Britain and their reason was the war on Iraq. But why let the facts get in the way of the usual reactionary rhetoric?
Marie Xenos, Enfield EN2
Text: The security services are damned if they do and damned if they don't. An inquiry will just prove what we know already. A mistake was made.
John, Great Harwood
The tragic circumstances surrounding 7/7 have all come to the public's attention again this week because of the conclusion of the recent trial. Although I found many of the conclusions after the trial concerning, this is all with the benefit of hindsight in my view. I am fully confident that the security services did their best to protect us all and many lessons have been learned. I do not think that a public inquiry which could undermine our security services would be beneficial to any of us.
Steve Fuller, Hove, East Sussex
Call for General Election
Audience question: In 1990 when Major replaced Thatcher, Labour said there should be a general election. So shouldn't there be a general election when Brown replaces Blair?
The suggestion that when Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister there should be an immediate General Election is ludicrous and not constitutional. A Labour Government was elected for four years, NOT Tony Blair or Gordon Brown. There was no election when Eden stepped down and Macmillan succeeded him, nor when Harold Wilson resigned nor when Thatcher was replaced by Major. No need for one now, of course
Len Snow, London
There must be an election so we can choose our country's leader - not a few insider MPs
Nigel Riches, Beccles
Text: A general election will not help... There is Hobson's choice out there.
Text: Brown is a useless chancellor. He will be a worse premier.
Text: I'd rather have Charlie Brown as PM.
Audience question: Should the fashion industry promote as iconic for her drug abuse as for modelling its clothes?
The panel refuted any responsibility from government towards Kate Moss and her success with her alleged drug abuse and her known drug addict boyfriend. They all said 'it is consumer choice'. Is this not the point - that our society has become like it has because of the government and the media. People are almost brainwashed to want to worship the celebrity and aspire not to become doctors or engineers, but to become 'celebs' with all the trappings (legal or not). What a sad society.
John Mills, Bournemouth
Text: Kate Moss should not be a role model. It's all media hype.
Patricia Hewitt makes the point in reference to the question regarding Kate Moss that success often affords impunity from the laws that most of us are subject to. Does she see a parallel with the situation that Lord Levy and Ruth Turner currently find themselves in?
D Rooney, London
I note some of the panel raised issues regarding Kate Moss' Morals. I must say, I think the fact that she indulged in some cocaine use is a lot less scandalous than some of their colleagues' actions in the past.
She didn't (as far as I'm aware) take the country to war on false pretences, provide passports in dubious circumstances, fail to declare loans when required to, acquire a visa for her lover's nanny, sell honours for cash...
What a shambles, this audience is not a fair representation of society. The number of medical professionals or related to the same is unbelievably biased. It is a disgrace, BBC should be ashamed!
Cath McElholm, Solihull
Who let a load of junior doctors hijack the programme? I thought the audience were carefully chosen. It was clearly obvious this was a `put up job' by the medical profession who must have lied about their jobs to all get into the venue. What a surprise - the most asked question was about their jobs. MMmmm. I've got no time for Patricia Hewitt particularly, but one section of society shouldn't be allowed to hijack a democratic debate programme by way of sheer numbers
Steve Garrett, Hitchin
Having just watched the programme I have just one comment, it's "lets propose Colonel Tim Collins to replace Blair (and Brown). He talks a lot of sense and has the charisma to take it on and at the same time sort out the disconnections in the combined security services - vote for Collins!
Brian Lawrence, Swindon
It is an absolute disgrace that there are two New Labour panellists on tonight.
Where is the Green? Respect? Socialist? WE ARE NOT ALL BLAIRITES HERE.
Shaun , Manchester
Having just watched Question Time, how long will it be before Tim Collins becomes a major political figure. As a soldier, he was outstanding, as a civilian, he speaks nothing but uncomplicated common sense, and is a constant breath of fresh air.
Brian Thwaites, Bolton
Text: Oona King. Excellent. Charming, intelligent, articulate... Need I say more?
Text: Oona's still caught up in spin.
Text: Wot no comedians? Oh yeah. At least three.
Alan, West Yorks
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