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Rip 13th May 2007
Show - People and Power
In this week's emotional farewell Tony Blair declared Britain the "greatest nation on earth". His international legacy is one that cannot be ignored – just one day after his announcement he was in meetings with Jalal Talabani, the Iraqi president, and Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, described how he helped shape America's foreign policy.
People & Power took to the streets of London to ask people what question they would like to put to Mr Blair. The questions ranged from Tony Blair's public image, to Iraq; from the general – "why are you always holding a cup of tea in your hand?" to the direct - "why is my uncle's house in Baghdad still occupied?" We put the questions to a team of experts on Blair and the international situation.
Lord Ahmed is the first Muslim peer in the House of Lords in the UK. Though a good friend of Tony Blair, and advocate of New Labour, he has never been shy in making known his criticisms of Blair's international policy.
Ruth Lea, Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, a right-wing UK think tank set up by Margaret Thatcher, is an astute critic of Blair, especially Labour's management of the economy.
Ziad Al-Khuzai, a journalist who has written for Al Hayat and Asharq al Awsat newspapers, provides the perspective of an Iraqi who has lived in Britain through the Blair era.
Presenter Samah El-Shahat conducts the discussion and asks, "what's your legacy Mr Blair?"
This episode of People & Power airs from 13 May 2007.