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.
The emergence of the Saudi deal led to new criticism of Mr Blair’s role as a Middle East envoy, but he strongly denied there is a conflict of interest.
The contract between Tony Blair Associates (TBA) and PetroSaudi signed in November 2010, said Mr Blair would personally arrange introductions to his contacts in China, such as senior politicians.
He had already attracted scathing criticism after it emerged that he had given Kazakhstan’s autocratic president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, advice on how to manage his image after the slaughter of 14 unarmed civilians.
Mr Blair has said claims that he is worth £100million are ‘greatly exaggerated’. But the Saudi contract shows how much he has been able to charge for his services.
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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