Blair: “I would have given Cameron a run for his money”
Fair and balanced report from Stephanie Baker of Bloomberg on the state of Tony Blair’s post-prime-ministerial assemblage of good works and paid consultancy. Blair, who will be 60 in a month’s time, now employs 180 people, pays vast amounts of tax and generally adds to the sum of human progress.
Blair says he’s not exploiting his old connections for personal profit, adding that he met most of his clients after leaving office.
“Of course, I get to know them because I used to be British prime minister,” he says. “There’s a myth that just because you used to be British prime minister, people give you lots of money to play with. No, they don’t.”
He defends his consultancy in Kazakhstan: “I don’t dismiss the human rights stuff at all. These are points we make. There’s a whole new generation of administrators there who are reformers, and we’re working with them.”
In his Bloomberg interview, Blair explains the way his companies and foundations are set up: “We wanted confidentiality. There’s a section of the media that will go after anyone connected with me, and I can’t operate like that.”
And he allows himself one reflection on British politics: “Frankly, if I’d had a fourth election, I would have given Cameron a run for his money. I’m not saying I would have won, but it would have been tighter than it was.”Tagged in: tony blair
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