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March 24, 2010

Tony Blair's Middle East financial interests

Canada is not alone in enjoying a one time Prime Minister now in the service of the oil ticks.

At least Tony Blair has the decency to be ashamed of himself. He tried to keep this disgraceful, dishonourable business a secret (hat tip to Rochelle).

The Daily Mail described Blair as waging an “extraordinary two-year battle to keep secret a lucrative deal with a multinational oil giant which has extensive interests in Iraq”, referring to the just revealed fact that Mr. Blair serves as advisor to a South Korean firm, UI Energy, since August 2008, and has made at least £20million since leaving Downing Street in June 2007.

In addition, the daily claimed, the former head of state who is now the Middle East Quartet’s envoy to Israel “went to great efforts to keep hidden a separate £1million deal advising the ruling royal family in Iraq's neighbor Kuwait”, since June 2008, reportedly with the task of producing a report on the oil state's future over the next 30 years.

Once upon a time, you would have been drawn and quartered for less.

Related: Hey, Belinda, your stupid is showing.

Tony Blair has linked up with perhaps his most intriguing partner yet as he seeks to create a powerful network across north America and shift the focus of his Tony Blair Faith Foundation away from his unappreciative native Britain.
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Helping Blair spend his bounty will be some controversial figures, including the liberal Canadian Belinda Stronach and right-wing evangelical US pastor Rick Warren.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 24, 2010 11:04 AM