Thursday, November 1, 2012

Victory: Blair Backs Down and Agrees to Pay Interns

Less than a week after Guido ramped up the pressure on £20 million-a-year Tony Blair over his unpaid interns, the former PM has conceded defeat and agreed to give them the minimum wage.

“Over the past 5 years the Office of Tony Blair has had a small number of voluntary interns gaining work experience in the organisation. The vast majority came to us at their request, unadvertised, for voluntary work. Of those, a number have since become full-time paid employees with us. We have also always acted on legal advice in respect of any intern. 

Nonetheless from now on, if we do have interns for an extended period, i.e. around 3 months, we will pay them the National Minimum Wage.”

Credit should also be given to Graduate Fog, who first uncovered Tony’s minimum wage hypocrisy. HMRC sniffing around might also have had something to do with it…

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blair Faces HMRC Unpaid Interns Investigation

In a delicious twist of fate, the very man who introduced the minimum wage to Britain is facing a possible HMRC investigation into allegations he has broken minimum wage laws. Last week Guido picked up Graduate Fogs Tony Blair unpaid intern story, calculating that it would take the £20 million-a-year former PM just twenty minutes to earn enough to fund a three month minimum wage internship. The papers followed suit, and now it looks like Tone’s tightness could prove costly.

Evidence of the Office of Tony Blair’s alleged breach of minimum wage laws has been passed on to HMRC. Employers found to have broken the law can be forced to pay compensation of up to eighty times the minimum wage, in the case of Blair’s three month internships that makes almost a quarter of a million pounds per intern. That’s at least a couple of speeches…

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…


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The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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