"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 19 March 2010

Blair's Tangled Money Web

The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments has released more detail about Tony Blair's financial interests including the fact that he has strong ties to the South Korean UI Energy Corporation.  The committee said that Blair had taken a paid job advising a consortium of investors led by UI Energy in August 2008. The exact nature of the deal isn't known, but UI Energy is one of the biggest investors in Iraq's oil-rich Kurdistan region.  It reminds me of Al Gore who became a very wealthy man on the back of carbon trading schemes and 'climate change'.

Douglas Carswell MP has this to say: 'This doesn't just look bad, it stinks. It seems that the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has been in the pay of a very big foreign oil corporation and we have been kept in the dark about it.

'Even now we do not know what he was paid or what the company got out of it. We need that information now. This is revolving door politics at its worst. It's not as if Mr Blair has even stepped back from politics, because he is still politically active in the Middle East.

'I'm afraid I have no confidence at all in the committee that vets these appointments. It's no good telling us these deals may be commercially sensitive - we are talking about the appointment of our former Prime Minister and the public interest, rather than any commercial interests, must come first.'

Unsurprisingly, given the lack of integrity in government at the moment, earlier this month they quietly rejected calls for the committee to be beefed up with more figures from outside the world of politics.

I look forward to Blair fulfilling his commitment to Brown to come back to the UK and campaign for Labour's re-election.  Cat/pigeons; shxx/fan.

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  1. They did tell us that New Labour was completely relaxed about people becoming filthy rich. It's increasingly obvious that they meant themselves and the crooks who associate with them.

  2. Hi OR - good one! There's nothing wrong with people getting 'filthy rich' off the back of their own hard work but Blair's dealings just seem too dodgy - all done through the 'who you know' principle rather than any intrinsic worth.


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