Blair Rewards Continues to Benefit Tony’s Allies and Still Receives NoComplaints
As governments and foundations continue to hand Tony Blair rewards complaintsare falling on deaf ears. Not surprising, since Blair hasn’t been Prime Minister of Great Britain for nearly three years and people want to move on. Yet the Blairrewards continue.It seems the longer Tony Blair is out of office, the more Blair rewards himself andhis personal foundations – pretty much to the complete apathy of a public that onlyrecently was calling for his head. As recently as last year, Blair’s Faith Foundationwas awarded $1 million from Israel’s Dan David Foundation. This followed theannouncement that JP Morgan Chase was paying Blair over £2 million pounds peryear for a part time job as an advisor, and the revelation that he was making morethan $250,000 for personal appearances.A guy’s gotta earn a living, right? Sure – but it’s fairly obvious that much of thismoney is post-rule payback to Blair for entering the Iraq war as an ally to Israel andthe United States, being a good prime minister and doing what George W. Bush’sminions told him to do.Benefitting financially from your decisions in office is nothing new; most politiciansseem to do fine for themselves once they leave office. Obviously, this comes fromdoing “favors” for others while they have the power to do so. This leads to not beingforgotten when you leave office. Most politicians are, to paraphrase Frank Zappa,only in it for the money. Once in a blue moon, you will come across a politician whois committed to serving his constituents first and only. Such parliamentary fixturesas Enoch Powell and Tony Benn come to mind. Blair rewards are solid proof thatBlair is another “me first” politician. This is not a good harbinger for Great Britain. Blairrewards and similar “thank yous”from such countries as the U.S. and Israel simply make it easier for future politiciansto view politics as a way to make a difference, all right – not in their countries, butin their pocketbooks. Suddenly, foreign policy takes a back seat to reaping Blairrewards from all over the world. In so doing, others who have and will follow TonyBlair to Number 10 Downing Street will most likely have their own interests in mindbefore those of the people. This has led to a considerable number of
over the years, but slowly, the anger over such arrangements ismaking way for newer developments.Such behavior of governments willing to reward Tony Blair years later, and thewillingness of the former PM to allow these Blair Rewards to continue, will justperpetuate the “good old boy” mentality of politics. To say this is new is naïve. Itsimply gets a new name every so often. And today, victory, thy name isBlairrewards.