Hague concern as Tony Blairs bodyguards cost £250,000

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#2
Reports in the papers suggest that the bodyguards think that as Blair is staying in 5 star hotels they should also stay there and have 5 star meals.

They're also being paid huge amounts of overtime as they're considered to be on duty 24 hours a day.

Everything coming out at the moment points to massive waste in the public payroll.

Wordsmith
 
#3
The story says the full cost is £6m a year, the 250 000 is just expenses. I can understand having to cough up for CP when he's on his supposed goodwill missions to the ME (though as he's supposedly there for the Quartet I don't see why they can't chip in), and through gritted teeth I suppose on his blagged holidays too, but on his moneymaking jaunts he ought to cough up the cost himself.
 
#5
I can't see why he should be entitled to unlimited protection at no cost to himself and whatever he does next. He should be paying at least a substantial contribution towards his own CP and covering their accn and miscellaneous costs whenever he requires them to leave the UK with him.
 
#6
He helped bleed Britain dry as PM and continues to do it now with his pensions, allowances and expects the British public to pay to protect the ****, he should be in jail for his crimes against Britain and all his assets stripped to help repay us!!
 
#8
Bin the CP and let the fucker get slotted, would anybody really loose any sleep.
 
#9
From the article said:
At the other end of the scale, one claimed for a packet of Percy Pig sweets, which cost £1.19 from Marks & Spencer, as part of a £3,500 bill last May.
It's not just Blair is it?

That Gravy Train just keeps a 'rollin.
 
#10
I don't suppose it could be contracted out to Blackwater?
 
#11
Well,the government will know where to look for cuts.

Blair's publically quoted assets of £20 million are likely to be the tip of the iceberg,with far far more undeclared(and untaxed) wealth lurking below the radar.

This cnut should be in jail,or better still swinging from a rope for his crimes against Britain.
 
#12
Reports in the papers suggest that the bodyguards think that as Blair is staying in 5 star hotels they should also stay there and have 5 star meals.

They're also being paid huge amounts of overtime as they're considered to be on duty 24 hours a day.

Everything coming out at the moment points to massive waste in the public payroll.

Wordsmith
It would not give too much away to point out that they have to be with him all the time, that includes sleeping in a room near him and eating at the same time/place so he can be protected. Are you suggesting that his security team should pay for that privilige?
 
#13
Trotsky,

Not ONE penny should come from the public purse to protect this verminous parasite.
 
#14
Matthew Norman: Blair the benefits scrounger

Here is the former PM expecting the taxpayer to cough up untold amounts in order to protect him from the results of his self-indulgence in Iraq


Wednesday, 7 July 2010




There generally comes a point in the life of the addict, be it one blackout or roulette calamity or bad trip too far, when the self-deception becomes unsustainable and the need for help unavoidable. So here goes. My name is Matthew and I'm a Blairoholic.


I've fought the addiction for years, sometimes going months without a shot and convincing myself I had it beaten. But what can I say? It's an illness, and at least after 15 years I've found the courage to recognise that. A new dawn has broken, has it not, on the road to recovery?

The self-awareness tipping point in this case wasn't one bad trip, but a clutch of splendid ones, taken by Mr Tony Blair to various of the planet's more exclusive resorts with his lovely wife Cherie and his elite corps of Metropolitan Police protection officers.

It's the latter who have raised the eyebrows, hackles and stomach acid. Bending over backwards in the quest for fairness until the position makes the 15-year-old Olga Korbut look as supple as a marble plinth, it isn't the coppers' fault that they amassed expenses totalling £250,000 last year to safeguard Mr Blair on his jaunts.

What would you do if the chief super sidled over with a clipped "Right, Dimbleby, two choices. A couple of nights in the Focus watching that semi in Leytonstone where those Muslim brothers are keeping a bag of baking soda, in which case you can claim for McDonald's and a neck message. Or accompany codename Ego to Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos, the Caribbean's pre-eminent private island offering the super-rich 1,000 acres of unspoilt beauty and beach houses with private pools. You'll have to share with the others, I'm afraid. But the lobster is particularly sweet at the minute, and you can claim for swimming trunks, Ambre Solaire, two pairs of prescription Ray-Bans, a white mink tuxedo..."

Precisely how this quartet of cops ran up a reported expenses bill of £20,000 during a fortnight with the Blairs on Borneo we'll never discover. No doubt ice creams, bar snacks and diamond-encrusted deep-sea diving suits aren't cheap in such places, and if the good Lord had meant us to know, He would hardly have gone to the trouble of creating that catch-all entity for embarrassing things known down the ages as "the interests of national security".

The interests of Mr Tony's personal security, financial and otherwise, are equally all-encompassing when it comes to secrecy. He has, we do know, set up a chain of income-redirecting companies of such Byzantine impenetrability that it is impossible to work out who pays him how much for what work. It would appear, however, that he's done all right since leaving Downing Street, with his wealth now conservatively estimated at £20m.

It is at this point that this addict's self-loathing kicks in. Common sense screams that we shouldn't fret over his riches, or carp that he should feel obliged to cover the cost of the protection to which, as a sworn foe of Islamic terrorists, he is clearly entitled.

There's something degrading about dwelling on his wealth and freedom from shame about it. Nothing's too good for the workers, even if they spend time selflessly carved from floating on oligarchic superyachts on refreshing breaks in plutocratic resorts abutting miles of golden sands.

And yet, and yet... that voice nags away that throughout the New Labour years, we were endlessly told that the obese, smokers and boozers had forfeited the moral right to National Health Service treatment for damage done by their dangerous self-indulgence. Meanwhile, here he is expecting the taxpayer to cough up untold amounts of money in police time and overtime, flights, hotels, packets of Percy Pigs and so on – at a time when the police warn us that cutbacks will prevent them properly investigating alleged rapes – to protect him from the results of his self-indulgence in Iraq.

What he has become is a rarefied benefits scrounger – the offspring of Ma Boswell from Bread – hiding his money in the pot while claiming for what he can well afford himself. That £250,000 in police exes would take him half a day in an investment bank boardroom to recoup. He could hire a retinue of a dozen former SAS men, and write the lot off against income tax, or reimburse the Met Police, or make an ex gratia payment to the Treasury as a gesture of goodwill. If he has done any of the above, the spokesman who rebutted the suggestion that his police squad's expenses reflect poorly on him would have mentioned it.

The thing I most resent about Mr Blair, oddly enough, isn't Mr Blair. If pottering pointlessly about in Jerusalem, running his "faith foundation", or advising Goldman Sachs on how to cash in on Afghan mineral reserves persuades him that he is still a figure of global significance, the mature response is, so what? He's done all the damage he will ever do, and the few millions being stumped up in the cause of the self-delusional globetrotting make no odds to a deficit heading for a trillion.


It's what he brings out in me I resent, much as with Tim Henman. It wasn't Tim's fault that we projected on to him a level of ambition he wasn't psychologically capable of satisfying. The ambition that Mr Blair will wake up someone else, and regret his small-scale plundering of the Exchequer that his government did so much to bankrupt, is absurd. He is what he is. People don't change even when they want to – and he palpably doesn't.

But it's always there, this childish fantasy that he will have an epiphany about the disgrace he has brought on his office since leaving it, bubbling away with the nausea and making fools of us. And with it travels the debilitating suspicion that it will never stop... that in 30 years' time I will feel the bile rise and nausea grip on reading in the Daily Mail that we are paying £327,000 a year for a sextet of Filipino nurses to wipe his bum and feed him liquidised Beluga through a tube on some iPhone apps billonaire's yacht.

So it's time to go cold turkey, and join Blairoholics Anonymous. He's fed a need in me and others like me for 15 years, but this endless cycle of addiction has to end. Not another word then. Until the next time.
Matthew Norman: Blair the benefits scrounger - Matthew Norman, Commentators - The Independent
 
#15
The abhorrent little turd of an excuse for a human being should never be able to sleep or eat well, due to guilt over the British deaths and injuries he has been responsible for, starting with his handling of Northern Ireland, then on to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hotels and lavish meals shouldn't be an issue for anyone with a conscience. He will no doubt believe that the likes of "St. Tony of Blair" have a God given right. Perhaps he'll choke on a succulent meal, or suffocate in an overly fluffy pillow.

As for this odious individuals part in the handling and oversight of the British economy, I'm at a complete loss for words. What an awful mess.

Sadly, our outrage will likely be in vain as the powers that be will continue to pay... and pay... and pay... for his C.P. and his expenses. :(
 
#16
Well, I feel the same about Thatcher. The actions of her government directly caused the deaths of hundreds of servicemen whom she sent off to war with 2nd WW and 1950s equipment, obsolete helicopters and cardboard boots.

However, I do not begrudge her the security she needs to keep her safe, even though her bodyguards similarly had to suffer the best of hotels on HER after dinner ciruit in, amongst other places, the US
 
#17
I wish our current government would revise the security cost arrangements for some of the previous NI ministers. For example, Tom King........ yes, exactly....... who? He's still provided with vehicles and a small retinue of security staff on the premise that the Martin and Gerry ice cream show might one day assassinate him.
 
#18
Well he needs good bodyguards seeing as half the world wants to kill the scrawny ****** so its no surprise that they'd be expensive
 
#19
Well, I feel the same about Thatcher. The actions of her government directly caused the deaths of hundreds of servicemen whom she sent off to war with 2nd WW and 1950s equipment, obsolete helicopters and cardboard boots.

However, I do not begrudge her the security she needs to keep her safe, even though her bodyguards similarly had to suffer the best of hotels on HER after dinner ciruit in, amongst other places, the US
The socialists in the labour party were responsible for starting several wars on the flimsy basis of liberal interventionism. How many soldiers, civilians were killed and maimed because of these peoples ideology?. Like everything else labour touched it eventually turned into calamity. We cut and run from Basra before the job was done and went straight into a suicidal mission in Helmand, which hints to me it was Blair's vanity at work. The military in both those theatres were starved of man power, equipment, helicopters etc, the military were basically left stranded by these weasels.

Dont forget that around the time of the Falklands war the country was still recovering from the Labour partys last boom and bust cycle. The war was instigated by the aggressive actions of another state not some one worldism, egalitarian nonsense...
 
#20
Whet,only a silly ass like you could forget that the Falkland Islands were and are BRITISH!Maggie had every right to reclaim them.Most of the kit in 82 was the result of under funding by dear Harold,and co.The Blessed St.Tony of Grabeverything sold out N.I.to to allow him to strut the world stage,hence the Iraq debacle.Dear Gordie underfunded the forces to pay benifits to undeserving skivers.Our troops are underfunded,underpaid,undermanned,and,over there,all thanks to a strutting egotistical,shallow hoaxer,and his cretinous sidekick Cyclops
 

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