Since leaving office in 2007, the secretive empire of Tony Blair has grown exponentially. As a businessman he has been unprecedentedly successful for a former public servant, with a large property portfolio and an estimated £80 million of earnings accrued in just a few short years. But how has he managed to achieve this?
Being an ex-Prime Minister comes with certain advantages, and besides his excellent state pension and 24-hour security team, Blair enjoys the best contacts that money can buy – as do those willing to pay him for access to them. Consequently, Tony Blair Associates’ clients can be found around the world, and include the morally distasteful presidents of Kazakhstan and Burma.
There is also Blair’s role as special envoy in the Middle East. While his record as a peacemaker is in doubt, the position has brought him into contact with a variety of oil-rich potentates in the region who now number among his most profitable clients.
Blair Inc.: The Man behind the Mask takes a close look at the world that Blair attempts to hide from scrutiny – his own. From the complex financial structures he uses to hide his profits – and the amount of tax he pays – to the multiple conflicts of interest produced by his increasing web of relationships, this book attempts to expose the dubious private dealings of this very public figure.
Francis Beckett is an author, journalist, playwright and contemporary historian. He was the 2009 winner of the Ted Wragg Award for lifetime achievement in education journalism.
He has worked for newspapers (principally The Guardian), magazines, trade unions, charities and the Labour Party. He is editor of Third Age Matters, a 92-page magazine published by the University of the Third Age.
He has a degree in History and Philosophy from Keele University and is the author of 17 books, mostly on contemporary history, including biographies of four Prime Minsters &ndas...
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