A previously secret contract with a Saudi oil company headed by a member of the country’s royal family has been leaked showing Mr Blair charging £41,000 a month and 2 per cent commission on any of the multi-million-pound deals he helped broker.
Blair was the darling of New Labour and in his day served the people well but something smells rotten around this man now.
His role as Middle East peace envoy has achieved little except for more cash for the Blairs.
His links to the Iraq war, G W Bush, the vanishing weapons of mass destruction and the death of weapons inspector Dr Kelly all mean he is not fit for the role.
If he was a half-decent individual he would distance himself from the peace envoy role or his suspicious business interests in the Middle East. In doing neither he confirms what people suspect-that he only cares about money, has few principles and works to his own agenda.
Blair's money-making in the Saudi deal was kept secret but now the cat is out of the bag, following revelations in the Times Sunday will he be forced to act?
Russia Today reports it this way: "Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair has signed a multimillion pound contract with a Saudi Arabian oil company to broker secret deals on the firm’s behalf with Chinese state officials, it has emerged. Tony Blair Associates, an umbrella company owned by the former Labour leader, now a Middle East envoy, agreed in November 2010 to organize deals between oil company PetroSaudi and elite Chinese officials, a leaked contract seen by The Sunday Times suggests."
Monday his office was still insisting that the Saudi deal did not indicate a conflict of interests and that Blair was still the right man to be ME peace envoy.
Our opinion? Who are they trying to kid?
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Early in September the Independent reported that Blair's Faith Foundation was to be investigated by the charities commission. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, TBFF, has been accused of being used by Blair as a “think-tank” for his private office. "Martin Bright, a journalist formerly at the New Statesman, wrote about his “frankly weird” five-month term as the TBFF's website editor in the Mail on Sunday last month".
"He claimed the former Labour leader still works from a ministerial “red box system”, employs five communications officers and operates a “government-in-waiting”."
No wonder the Middle East is in such a mess.
As previously requested - Sack Tony Blair.
The UK phone hacking scandal continues to plague the government. Today six people have been arrested as part of the police investigation Operation Weeting. Amongst those arrested was Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie. This arrest will embarrass UK PM David Cameron. That is it should do.
Mrs Brooks and her husband have links to Mr Cameron. Charlie was at Public School Eton, that home of so many powerful UK people, with David Cameron. Mrs Brooks however also had a too friendly relationship with David Cameron. She did with former UK PM Tony Blair too. It is fair to say that she had reached a powerful position in Rupert Murdoch's UK arm of his business. How is not clear.
In 2003 Mrs Brooks "let the cat out the bag" somewhat when she went on record as saying that UK police had been paid for information. Sat by her side Andy Coulson quickly tried to backtrack and operate a damage limitations exercise. There was however no getting away from what she had said.
Mr Coulson went on to be employed as David Cameron's Communication chief early in Cameron's premiership. Cameron promised that if wrong doing was uncovered he, that is David Cameron, would be held accountable but to date he has not. It seems that David Cameron has been able to sail close to the wind with his Murdoch buddies and remain unscathed, Whether he can continue to do so is anyone's guess. IMHO it is getting to the stage when any other politician would have to be seriously considering resigning from the role of UK PM.
Read more on Today's arrests at Sky News
Those hallowed halls of the British UK Parliament are costly. When the credit crunch began to bite the last Labour government decided to try and minimise such costs. It seems that in doing so more was spent than saved. How on earth can this be so?
Today the UK National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed the figures.The planned improvements were to include structures for pooled resources. These usually make much more sense. However it seems that the plans fell at the first hurdle. Part of the problem seems to have been in the management structure. With no clear roles defined it would seem that it was a case of every man or woman for themselves.
As the BBC have reported, "The changes date back to 2004, when Tony Blair's Labour government promised to set up cost-saving centres to save £159m by sharing "back-office" functions such as information technology, personnel and procurement between departments". Sounds good on paper and in theory so what has gone wrong?
Well according to NAO the initial start-up costs had been put at £900m but, by 2011, these had increased to £1.4bn. WHAT! It is worth mentioning that the current UK coalition government took up office in 2010. Obviously instead of saving money the British taxpayer was once again out of pocket.Comparisons to such proposed changes show that in those companies cost saving are made within a few short years. You can read a full report here.The report of this dreadful waste of money make this blogger think about several pertinent considerations such as:
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog