This newspaper and many of its readers have had strong disagreements with me over Iraq. This controversy will probably have great influence upon the decision that some people will make when they cast their vote on Thursday. I realize that many people believe military action in Iraq was wrong. However, I will not apologize because I think that I was right in making that decision. I thought, and I still think, that participating in this war was the best solution for Great Britain, the region and the world. Faced with the knowledge of his reiterated violations of the UN resolutions, I had the choice to leave Saddam Hussein in power or to remove him. I chose to remove him and after a week of Conservative attacks on my judgment, Michael Howard admitted that he would have done the same.
Charles Kennedy declared that he would have taken the other option, which would have left Saddam Hussein stronger and the international community weaker. He would still be in power in Baghdad. However, regardless of what Charles Kennedy may say, this election is not just about the war. The big question is: what government do we want? What policy will we choose for our lives? The Conservatives do not have any projects, but they try to hide this with their attacks. They hope to take power persuading Labour voters to abstain or to vote for the Liberals. It is probably a temptation that other readers of this newspaper share. Polls do not count as if only one out of ten Labour voters follow that trend it would lead us to a Conservative government. Voting for the Liberals means voting for a Conservative government.
I know that many readers do not want a government led by Howard.

The Independent (U.K.)

This election is about more than the war - or me », by Tony Blair, The Independent, May 3, 2005.