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January 20, 2007

The Tone's Book Contract

Anyone else think this is a little off?

Mr Blair — who was questioned last month — said he had "complete confidence" in Miss Turner who was a "person of the highest integrity".

As the investigation returned to haunt him, The Daily Telegraph can disclose that he has struck an unwritten deal with Rupert Murdoch to publish his memoirs after he quits for an advance of £4 million. But the book will not appear before the next general election.

It had better damn well be unwritten. Ministers are not allowed to have any outside income, even those newspaper pieces you see are not paid for.

Sure, we know that he'll write his memoirs, that he'll make decent money from them too. But actually signing such a contract while in office would be going way, way too far, even for him.

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The best analysis of that yuppie bastard's greed and arrogance I've ever read came from the pen of Paul Craig Roberts -


Posted by: Martin | Jan 20, 2007 8:28:32 AM

>even those newspaper pieces you see are not paid for.

Fair enough too, as they don't write them.

Posted by: Blithering Bunny | Jan 20, 2007 11:14:33 AM

Going to far, even for him? Oh come on. He thinks the law is option when one has a higher moral purpose (Iraq war, the "service to the country" provided by New Labour, the jobs and "national security" from keeping Saudi Arabia sweet).


Posted by: Kay Tie | Jan 20, 2007 12:15:48 PM

"By hiring out Britain's army to the Republicans, Blair struck it rich": thanks for the pointer, Martin.

Posted by: dearieme | Jan 20, 2007 6:15:51 PM

"Ministers are not allowed to have any outside income, even those newspaper pieces you see are not paid for."

But what about ministers' wives?

There's an instructive piece about Cherie and her human rights and perks in the London Evening Standard - with pics displaying some of the perks:

"Cherie Blair shocked Britain's most senior civil servant by claiming she was entitled to cut-price designer clothes worth thousands of pounds - because she was protected by European human rights laws.
"She lashed out when the Cabinet Secretary challenged her for accepting the clothes, telling him: 'You are infringing my rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.'"

Posted by: Bob B | Jan 21, 2007 10:57:22 AM