Posts Tagged ‘Tony Blair’

Would you take a donation from this man?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Last week, Jon Lansman argued that Blair’s donations were “dirty money, best refused”. Today Phil Burton-Cartledge takes a different view. Tony Blair wants to give 106 Labour candidates fighting marginal seats a thousand quid. For CLPs used to campaigning on a shoestring, that could stretch a long way. Yet because this largesse comes from Blair’s […]

Blair’s donations – dirty money, best refused

by Jon Lansman.

Tony Blair’s donation of £106,000 to Labour this week – divided between candidates in the party’s 106 designated target seats – doesn’t make him the party largest individual donor (there were seven individuals who gave more in 2014) but he is certainly the most controversial. Property tycoons like David Garrard (£629k), his late friend and former donor […]

Poll: Blair & Mandelson lead the race to the bottom (in popularity of retired politicians)

by Jon Lansman.

Ten days ago, Tony Blair offered to do “what it takes to help Ed Miliband win general election“. Michael Meacher on this site said thanks but we’d be better off without it. Today, a poll carried out by YouGov for the Times confirmed that he’s right. Asked about a number of retired politicians, Tony Blair and Peter […]

Blair offers to help: be very afraid

by Michael Meacher.

It’s difficult to know whether it’s worse to have Blair sniping at the margins of this election or saying he’s now supportive of the Labour leadership, so toxic has he become in Labour party terms. After already doing so much damage, he now has the gall to claim: “I will do what it takes to […]

Weaponising Tony Blair

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Regulars round these parts know I’m not a fan of Tony Blair. I don’t think much of his record in office, though I do recognise his legacy was more complex than Iraq and neoliberalism with a smile. Nor was I too enamoured of his new year interventions, which were widely read as a pop at […]

Statement by a former Labour Leader on the death of a brutal dictator… breathtaking

by Jon Lansman.

This statement was issued by the Tony Blair office today: I am very sad indeed to hear of the passing of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. I knew him well and admired him greatly. Despite the turmoil of events in the region around him, he remained a stable and sound ally, was […]

Chilcot: Establishment writes its own rules to evade embarrassment

by Michael Meacher.

The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war (March-April 2003, nearly 12 years ago) was set up in 2009 and took public evidence from its last witness in 2011. The announcement yesterday that the report after 6 years on inquiry is being strung out until after the election this May is truly scandalous. Cameron has tried […]

Blair pays less tax as business continues to boom (for him)

by Jon Lansman.

Tony Blair (trading as Tony Blair Associates or TBA) suffered a  in profits last year according to the accounts of some of the principal companies in his complex network of companies and partnerships he maintains, presumably to obscure his true ‘worth’ and earnings and to limit his tax liabilities. Profits of Windrush Ventures limited dropped from £2.8m to […]

Blair had the wrong programme not the “wrong voters”

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Sorry to get snoring boring about Tony Blair once more, but I have to say a few words about the silly phrasing Neal Lawson used while penning a New Year’s message to the former Labour leader. The first rule of polemic is not to hand your opponent a shield that can parry your blows, and […]

Tony Bloody Blair, again

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Like a grinning whack-a-mole, Tony Bloody Blair has popped up again with his ever-so-helpful pearls of wisdom. The groove hasn’t changed for 20 years. Centre ground, blah blah, too leftwing blah, don’t scare business. Someone pass me a mallet. In his Economist interview, he suggested that left/right battles are always won by the Conservatives. The not […]

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