Perhaps the title of this post should have been "Hypocrite". Tony Blair - our Labour prime minister until his unsurprising resignation last autumn - has just agreed to take up a lucrative part-time advisory post with JP Morgan, the Wall Street based investments banking group. It is said he will earn £500,000 a year from this. Since leaving office, it is reputed that he has already earned £500,000 on the world lecture circuit and his autobiography is set to raise at least a further £5 million for the Blairs' family treasure chest.
I am not normally one to knock Blair and his legacy because I think he presided over an amazing time for Britain - a time of growth, low unemployment, technological change and reconstruction. But on this subject of personal wealth, he seems way out of kilter with the core values of the Labour party. All that seems to be way behind him now. He is living the high life of transatlantic jets, drinking coffee with the enemy while forgetting the downtrodden and the long socialist tradition that gave him his spurs and his place in our great nation's history. Shame on you Tony!