How low can you get, Mr. Blair?

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If the news reports I am now reading are true, then British ex-PM Bliar has now hit rock-bottom.

His office anounced that school pupils, classmates of his son Leo, would have to be transported to the boy’s birthday party by bus, citing security and parking restrictions at their £6 mn property, the intended venue. They were therefore being asked to pay £10 per head for the bus ride!

Since resigning as PM, this man has carved out an influential, well-paid niche for himself with his various ventures. His wife reportedly earns £200,000 per annum; his personal fortune is repeatedly estimated as between £20-25 mn* (a figure he recently denied). His property portfolio alone is worth more than £14 mn. His security protection apparently costs more than that of the current prime minister, despite having been (forcibly) reduced in the past couple of years.

There are public figures, nationally and internationally, who manage to inspire loathing and disgust by their behaviour, their attitudes, their actions. One such British figure is Mrs. Margaret Thatcher (even 25 years on), but even the most hardened critic would begrudgingly allow her some respect for her time in politics – at least she showed some moral qualities in power, even if one didn’t agree with them.

But I believe this man provokes universal feelings of nausea, even from long-standing Labour Party supporters. The British public, by and large, agrees that he lied to (sorry, ‘misled’) the UK parliament into supporting the Iraq war, a crusade based on a cynical manipulation of raw and tentative intelligence reports. He has shown no real remorse, since.

He’s now a member of the Middle East Quartet – no salary, but all expenses paid. And what, precisely, has this bunch achieved? Nothing – ask any Palestinian.

But to stoop so low as to plan to charge schoolkids for the privilege of attending a party – wow! I suspect his youngest son, through no fault of his own, will grow up to be a lonely birthday-boy.

*For more on Blair’s mysterious finances, click here (Daily Telegraph)

Sources:

Daily Mail

Daily Telegraph

Evening Standard

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