Monday, 11 July 2011
Tony Blair's Charity Contributions
Tony Blair's book The Journey was published last year. Don't say you've forgotten.
There was quite a furore around his book signing appointments when two were cancelled because Mr Blair was feart of anti-war protestors. We, as taxpayers, also paid for his police protection when he did attend signings and we still pay for his protection when he's in the UK - another misuse of taxpayers' money when it could be spent on those who are far more deserving and have brought pleasure to thousands for many years.
It was reported that the former Prime Minister received an advance of £4.6m for A Journey and said he would hand over all the money he makes - including the advance - to the Royal British Legion: "as a way of marking the enormous sacrifice [the armed forces] make for the security of our people and the world."
Mr Blair's statement was made in August last year. The RBL were criticised for accepting such a gift but said it would help it hit its £12m fundraising target.
However RBL accountants can find no mention of the charity having received any monies from Mr Blair, although the latest accounts only cover the 12 months to the end of September last year. Time enough for Mr Blair to have contributed his advance I'd have thought.
The RBL are saying next to nothing and the same tactic is being used by Tony Blair's office.
I never liked Blair. He is of the same Chief Salesman pie mould as our current PM; all pastry and no filling. At the time his 'largesse' didn't surprise me because he abused our armed forces during his terms of office by sending them to wars for his own political ends. He hasn't changed.