Tony Blair Gets Paid (Again) – Secret $61,000 per Month Contract with Saudis Revealed
Nov 11, 2014
Mr. Blair is no stranger to this site. Back in August, I highlighted another one of his philanthropic activities in the post, Letter Reveals Tony Blair Advised Kazakhstan's President on How to Spin Massacre of Innocent, Unarmed Protesters. Here's an excerpt:
Tony Blair gave Kazakhstan's autocratic president advice on how to manage his image after the slaughter of unarmed civilians protesting against his regime.
In a letter to Nursultan Nazarbayev, obtained by The Telegraph, Mr Blair told the Kazakh president that the deaths of 14 protesters "tragic though they were, should not obscure the enormous progress" his country had made.
Mr Blair, who is paid millions of pounds a year to give advice to Mr Nazarbayev, goes on to suggest key passages to insert into a speech the president was giving at the University of Cambridge, to defend the action.
Mr Blair is paid through his private consultancy, Tony Blair Associates (TBA), which he set up after leaving Downing Street in 2007. TBA is understood to deploy a number of consultants in key ministries in Kazakhstan.As any good businessman knows, it's always best to hedge your bets and have as many income streams as possible. Which is why Tony Tony made sure to hedge his Kazakhstan bet with Saudi Arabia. The UK Telegraph reported that:
Tony Blair signed a secret contract with a Saudi oil company worth £41,000 a month and two per cent commission on any lucrative deals he helped secure, it has been claimed.
The former prime minister reportedly agreed to help PetroSaudi through his company Tony Blair Associates (TBA) in November 2010, according to documents obtained by the Sunday Times.
It is believed to be the first time a contract negotiated by Mr Blair since leaving office has been revealed. The work only lasted a few months.
Mr Blair, who holds the diplomatic role of Middle East Peace Envoy, has faced repeated criticism in the past over his high earnings since leaving Downing Street.Middle East peace envoy! You can't make this stuff up.
His decision to send British troops into Iraq alongside America in 2003 proved highly controversial, triggering ministerial resignations at the time and becoming a defining moment in his premiership.Eh, what's 59 beheadings and civil rights abuses between friends right?
I mean, let's be honest, what's the point of being Prime Minister if you can't ring the register afterward?
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