OPINION: Blair needs stronger tactics on Iraq

On the first anniversary of the events of 11 September, insecurity among the public is running high. As if steps taken by law enforcement bodies in recent days are not enough to ratchet up the tension, there is the added concern about an imminent war in Iraq.

Indeed it is on Iraq that Tony Blair has the most to do in reassuring the public. The likely recall of Parliament is a valid first step, in part because of the sense of empowerment it would give people for their representatives to have a say, and in part because eschewing this course means he risks appearing undemocratic.

So it is a necessary first step, but alone it is unlikely to sate public fears. Blair needs to go out and win that argument face-to-face in town meetings, in local media outlets, even door-to-door. He should consider this a mini campaign for public confidence - and if he is to convince, it's time to get back on the battle bus.

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