Monday, November 02, 2009

Brits Don't Like the Odor

The DialyMail has two malodorous stories, each reeking of influence peddling. The first concerns Tony Blair and his march to riches post public service.

We are told he has made £15million since he stepped down as Prime Minister in 2007, although this might be a conservative estimate. Certainly, he is the first modern-day premier to become seriously rich after leaving office. At this rate, he could become a billionaire.

What is the source of his wealth? As a former PM, his knowledge and contacts are useful to big business. He has direct access to foreign leaders and can lobby them on behalf of private companies. He is paid £2million a year by the American bankers JP Morgan for part-time lobbying.

The second story concerns the freed Lockerbie bomber and his dire health status.

The row over the release of the Lockerbie bomber was reignited last night after it emerged he has been released from hospital.

Abdelbaset Al Megrahi was freed from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds in August after a medical assessment concluded he had only three months to live because of his prostate cancer.

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