Will the public rally round Tony Blair as he seeks to ‘fill a massive hole in British politics’ – or is this just Murdoch mischief?
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The understandably affronted proprietor of the Times no doubt approves the article in today’s edition (and quoted in the Independent) asserting that in January Tony Blair is expected to launch an institute based near Whitehall which will help to make the country change its mind about leaving the EU. One of two names being considered is the ‘Tony Blair Institute for Global Change’.
It is alleged that, to this end, he has held ‘information-gathering’ talks with Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of US president-elect Donald Trump, former chancellor George Osborne and other senior ministers and officials.
Last month Blair wrote an article in issue 17 of the New European newspaper, a British weekly ‘for the 48%’ launched in July and aimed at those who voted to remain within the European Union. He urged “remain” supporters to “mobilise and organise” an insurgency to make the public change its mind about leaving the EU.
A charm offensive?
Blair’s spokesman confirms that his ally Jim Murphy, the former leader of Scottish Labour, has been recruited to advise Blair on merging his charitable and business interests in Mayfair, Millbank and Canary Wharf under one not-for-profit brand and bolster his ‘political clout’. Murphy is a member of the political council of the sabre rattling Henry Jackson Society, a transatlantic think tank which advocates an interventionist foreign policy by both non-military and military methods – read about its spine-chilling ‘Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism’ here.
Murphy will work with 130 staff including Catherine Rimmer, Blair’s chief of staff, and Angela Salt, the chief executive of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, in merging Blair’s charitable and commercial operations under one not-for-profit brand.
And confusion reigns
Meanwhile, the Times reports/exults that 60 Tory MPs, including seven former cabinet ministers, have demanded that Theresa May pulls Britain out of the single market and customs, in a letter co-ordinated by the Conservative MP Steve Baker; the Eurosceptics are reported to have said that only the cleanest Brexit can fulfil the referendum pledge to “untie ourselves from EU shackles and freely embrace the rest of the world”.
Posted on November 20, 2016, in Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Foreign policy, Government, Lobbying, Reward for failure, Vested interests, warfare and tagged Donald Trump, Henry Jackson Society, Jared Kushner, Jim Murphy, New European newspaper, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.