The New Face of Labour or How to Really Succeed in Life

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  1. I'm sure Whet/Ashie/Paperpuke will be along shortly to explain how this is all Margarat Thatchers fault.
     
  2. Nye Bevan "Measure the country's wealth by coal and steel"

    Tony Blair "Measure the country by dole and steal"
     
  3. That article states that Blair has an estimated fortune of £20Million. He certainly does seem to have made himself very wealthy. I don't recal any other prime-minister doing that, it certainly hints at dodgy dealings IMO.
     
  4. Nice one :)
     
  5. I'm surprised that nobody really seemed perturbed by his bezzering of Signor Berlusconi with whom he spent many a happy family holiday in Tuscany.
    Birds of a feather and all that.........
     
  6. Our much Loved, Esteemed and Sadly Missed Ex-PM, The Sainted Teflon of B'Laaare will do well as a Banskter. He has all the qualities and characteristic to do well.

    But then, who in their right mind would want to deposit their well earned 'moolah' into some off-shored finance company. It would be like local authorities depositing Council Tax payers money in dodgy foreign banks to take advantage of alleged large rates of interest.

    It will be interesting to see if B'Liar's Bank 9if that is what it is), turns out to be some 'South Sea Bubble' in years to come (But of course this all alleged).

    It's nice to know that our Socialist Brothers and Sisters know how to look after themselves when it come to Tax avoidance schemes (or is it scams).......
     


  7. Read more: Tony Blair sets up Mayfair ¿bank¿ to act as a dealmaker in investments for the super-rich | Mail Online

    "Blair's memoirs hail his 'visionary friend' George Bush" Hmm.. were these visions the result of Bush's previous indulgance of certain drugs?
     
  8. This isn't a criticism of her, but Mrs T didn't do too badly post-premiership; American audiences, in particular, would pay a small fortune to hear her speak.

    Churchill also did well out of his post-war authorship and speaking engagements, although unlike St Tony of St Giles & Sedgefield, his war record was rather less controversial...

    Labour PMs didn't do so well (Wilson made a reasonable sum, IIRC, from writing and TV appearances), but that may have been because no-one was that keen to try to learn anything from them (save Attlee).
     
  9. Errrm how is this the new face I would have thought true face would be the more appropriate title as Labour were at the champagne socialism from the second they got into power.
    Blair doesn't have to pretend anymore as he is no longer looking for votes.
     
  10. I do see your point but there seems to be a very different approach by T&C Blair plc in their post-PM behaviour. Thatcher IIRC continued in British politics, pretty much spouting her views on what was best for Britain. The Blairs seem to be on a massive personal fame/fortune making crusade.

    My original post was only meant to be reffering to PM's in my adult lifetime, nevertheless wasn't Churchill personally wealthy before entering politics? Anyway, I believe that he did indulge in self-promotion, not so sure about the rabid desire for cash though.

    BTW, I am not being party political. I don't recall any ex-PM behaving like society jet-setters after leaving office. That includes ex-PM's of all parties over the last 30-35 years. I find the Blairs a little cringeworthy, and to think that I voted for him.:pissedoff:
     
  11. It certainly offers a new perspective to the term "champagne socialist"! I expect several" New Liabour Bliarites" will express an interest through their "special advisor's"! The prospect of the whole thing is turning my "Old Speckled Hen" flat - wanchors!!
     
  12. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    All of them should take a lesson from this man

    Harry S Trueman 33rd President of the United States

    After leaving office Truman returned to Independence, Missouri to live at the Wallace home he and Bess had shared for years with her mother.
    Four months after leaving office, Truman was invited to address the Reserve Officers Association in Philadelphia.
    Refusing official transportation, Truman instead drove his brand-new Chrysler New Yorker, with Bess accompanying him in the passenger seat.

    Once out of office, Truman quickly decided that he did not wish to be on any corporate payroll, believing that taking advantage of such financial opportunities would diminish the integrity of the nation's highest office.
    He also turned down numerous offers for commercial endorsements. Since his earlier business ventures had proved unremunerative, he had no personal savings. As a result, he faced financial challenges.
    Once Truman left the White House, his only income was his old army pension: $112.56 per month

    Truman was quoted in 1957 as saying to then-House Majority Leader John McCormack, "Had it not been for the fact that I was able to sell some property that my brother, sister, and I inherited from our mother, I would practically be on relief, but with the sale of that property I am not financially embarrassed

    In 1958, Congress passed the Former Presidents Act, offering a $25,000 yearly pension to each former president, and it is likely that Truman's financial status played a role in the law's enactment.
    The one other living former president at the time, Herbert Hoover, also took the pension, even though he did not need the money; reportedly, he did so to avoid embarrassing Truman
     
  13. I am attempting to envisage the sort of person who would trust his or her money to this appalling 'spiv'. I am also trying to conjure up a vision of the person who would buy this 'war-mongering' worm's book.

    I am having very little success with either project.

    PS: I thought the abominable squirt was supposed to be securing peace in the Middle East. Has that task proved to difficult for the intellectually challenged, vacuous lightweight?
     
  14. I was told by an American friend that when Trueman left office he departed the White House and Washington with a single FBI bodyguard and took the Train to his home town, Wife had gone on separately.
    And Yes he received no Presidential Pension when he left office.

    john
    Times change.