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UK voters' panel: Michael Dommett

MEET THE PANEL
Michael Dommett
Name: Michael Dommett
Age: 49
Lives: Alton, Hampshire
Works: Engineer
Last general election voted: Liberal Democrats
In 10 words or less:
"Folk dancing civil engineer, loves exploring, history and reading"

Tony Blair's successes - and there were several - will always be overshadowed by Iraq.

Those successes include improving life for poorer people, improving hospitals, intervening in Sierra Leone, and finishing what John Major started in Northern Ireland.

His failures include voting reform, Afghanistan, the Middle East and, yes, Iraq.

I don't see spin as a failing, nor stealth taxes. Both were as common under the Conservatives, for those of us with memories.

He also failed on Europe. But people will always return to Iraq. The lack of a plan for after the war has made the world so much less safe for everyone and overshadows everything he did.

I think Mr Blair genuinely believed he was doing the right thing, but the chaos that resulted proves otherwise.

Because of it he is leaving earlier than he needed to.

He also may end up gifting the Tories the next election.

The best advice he can give to Gordon Brown would be - "don't think twice about blaming me, and stop following the current US administration's policies".

The best move Mr Blair could make now would be to start coining it in with lecture tours in the USA.






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