TONY Blair’s journeyings have recently taken him from a well paid gig addressing a conference of sanitary ware and toilet roll manufacturers (he reputedly received a $50,000 fee) in the United States to taking part in a less than godly debate over religion north of the border in Canada with veteran atheist and journalist Christopher Hitchens, a debate which he lost.
Britain’s former Prime Minister has since leaving office demonstrated that he will do almost anything for money, cheapening him in the process. It is difficult to imagine Margaret Thatcher hawking herself to the highest bidder, even if she was a great believer in the free market.
Back here at Britain, the author of ‘Blair Unbound’, Anthony Seldon, has been on his own voyage of discovery, and claims that Blair offered to make way for Gordon Brown back in 2001 ‘as long as he delivered on the Euro’, something which alongside Tony Blair’s wish to take his place in history by taking Britain INTO the European Single Currency, seems not to rate a mention in Mr Blair’s auto biography, titled ‘A Journey’. To his eternal credit, Blair’s immediate successor as Prime Minister, Gordon Brown refused to complete the task that Mr Blair had wanted him to, saying to former Cabinet colleague, Clare Short “I will not contemplate recommending we join the Euro in order to advance my own position rather than advance the position of the country”.
But then only the mad, bad and dangerous would now suggest that Britain join the European Single Currency, and those who did so a decade ago seemed to have developed a remarkably convenient amnesia in the years since.