Friday, October 26, 2012

£20 Million-a-Year Blair Refuses to Pay Interns

Last year jet-setting former Prime Minister Tony Blair trousered an eye-watering £20 million from his foreign interests advising the likes of JP Morgan and the authoritarian Kazakhstan government. He is even sniffing round a £70 billion deal involving the Qatari royal family in the hope of taking home a slice of the pie. Surely the man who introduced the minimum wage to these shores can afford to put his millions where his mouth is and pay his interns?

The Office of Tony Blair runs an internship programme promising “valuable experience in a high profile and fast moving work environment”. The scheme runs for three months and it very much looks like a real, if temporary, job. Just how much is Tony coughing up for the lucky candidates? Merely a few quid a day for lunch and a bus ticket – the position in the multi-millionaire’s office is expenses only. Those who can’t afford to work unpaid are swiftly told where to go.

If we use the £20 million-a-year figure Guido has calculated that Blair would have to work for just twenty minutes to earn enough to pay a young staffer minimum wage for three months. That’s twenty minutes too long for our Tone…

H/T Graduate Fog.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Local Labour Fury at Blair Coventry Stitch Up
Euan Parachute Plan Unravelling Fast

Jayne Innes is a Labour councillor in Coventry. Having unsuccessfully stood for Parliament twice before, she’s obviously very concerned about the prospect of a stitch up in her local area for a safe seat:

More details are emerging in the better sections of Coventry press about what exactly Euan is doing in that part of the world. Unsurprisingly it looks like Cherie swung the do-gooder local job for her son. Guido can still not think of any other reason why Euan would be so keen to connect with the local area unless he had his eyes on a bigger job. It would seem the Blair’s quiet dynasty plan has been well and truly blown open. Sorry about that…

Friday, September 7, 2012

Tony Blair Latest Middle East Peace Deal

Alphaville is reporting that Tony is playing peacemaker again. Not quite between warring countries but close enough – between mining giants Glencore and Qatar Holding after the Qataris threatened to pull the plug on Glencore’s massive merger with Xstrata. The deal is said to be worth £70bn so no doubt there will be a nice slice of a piece of the action for our Tone…

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Plenty of Awkward News for Blair

Monday, June 18, 2012

Blair: Brown is Bonkers

According to Alastair Campbell’s diary entry for Thursday, 26 September 2002, after being told of the latest act of  sabotage by Gordon Brown, Tony Blair told him “He’s brilliant and ambitious but he’s also bonkers and I just can’t be bothered with it.” After another row on Friday 4 April 2003 Blair tells Campbell “One thing is for sure. At the moment he is crackerjack. My big worry is that he will bring the whole show down.” Guido disputes the “brilliant”.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Blair Loses Cool, Threatens War Protester

Tony Blair lost his rag after being heckled by a protester during a speech to students at the University of Hong Kong. As the man approached Blair, accusing him of breaching the Geneva convention, the former PM warned menacingly: “I wouldn’t come any further…” Asia Pacific News claims that  Blair said “that’s democracy for you” as the man was led away.

He’s clearly been spending too much time hanging around with dictators…

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tony Blair Spent Jubilee Weekend in Maldives’ Four Seasons

The former Prime Minister avoided the rain and fake grins by popping along to see President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik in the Indian Ocean.

The luxury Maldives resort is a thousand bucks per night for the cheapest suite.

Nothing is too good for our Tone.

UPDATE:

Friday, May 25, 2012

Leveson Headliners Take to Stage

Next’s week witness list for Leveson is a fiery one. Blair is is all day Monday and Hunt all day Thursday. Cable, Gove, May and Ken Clarke will also face a grilling. If this is the calibre of witnesses this week, expect the PM and Brown to be called in the first week of June. The Inquiry is not sitting in Jubilee week which gives the PM plenty of time with his lawyers and coaches…

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

All In It Together

The Tories are very keen to push the comparison between the number of meetings held between Rupert Murdoch and various Prime Ministers, specifically within in the first two years of their premierships:

Tony Blair became Prime Minister on 2 May 1997. By 1 May 1999, he had met Rupert Murdoch 7 times:

1 June 1997 – Meeting
2 September 1997 – Meeting
13 November 1997 – Lunch
29 January 1998 – Meeting (with Mark Booth)
12 May 1998 – Meeting
21 January 1999 – Lunch
21 January 1999 – Dinner (with Gordon Brown, Irwin Stelzer and Les Hinton)

Gordon Brown became Prime Minister on 27 June 2007. By 26 June 2009, he had met Rupert Murdoch 13 times:

6 October 2007 – Meeting
6 October 2007 – Dinner (with Sarah Brown and JK Rowling)
29 October 2007 – Lunch
22 January 2008 – Lunch
16 April 2008 – Meeting
6 June 2008 – Dinner (with Wendi Murdoch and Sarah Brown)
15 June 2008 – Dinner hosted by Gordon and Sarah Brown for around 36 people including Wendi Murdoch, President Bush and Laura Bush)
16 June 2008 – News Corporation Summer party and dinner afterwards (with other members of Murdoch’s family and Sarah Brown)
25 September 2008 – Dinner hosted by Mayor Bloomberg
26 September 2008 – Meeting
13 November 2008 – Meeting
13 January 2009 – Breakfast
13 June 2009 – The wedding of Rebekah Wade to Charlie Brooks (also attended by David Cameron)
22 June 2009 – Reception for Lord Paul
26 June 2009 – Dinner (with Sarah Brown and Lord Paul)

David Cameron became Prime Minister on 11 May 2010. As of 26 April 2012, he had met Rupert Murdoch twice and attended two social occasions with him:

18 May 2010 – Meeting
21 July 2010 – Dinner or meeting
16 June 2011 – News Corporation Summer Party
20 June 2011 – Times CEO summit dinner

Interesting, and we all know they were all up to their necks, but had the scandal not blown up in July 2011, do we really think Dave’s number of meetings would have stuck at four?


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