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The Wonderful Life of Tony Blair: Part Two

21st Century Wire says…

It’s a wonderful life for Anthony Charles Lynton Blair…

Once an aspiring college rock star, who settled for becoming a DJ, who was implicated by some for spending too much time inspecting public toilets, and later somehow, ended up being in charge of Great Britain, Tony Blair has since gone down in history as the spineless leader who lied his way to war in Iraq.

His reward was a golden parachute and a  $3 million a year gig with JP Morgan, where he uses his ‘Peace Envoy’ position with ‘The Quartet’ to broker his man-in-the-middle business deals, or his international ‘cash for contacts’ scam. For this reason, he’s set up shop in Jerusalem and Marrakesh – far away from the British public who cannot stand the sight of him, and who are not afraid to go up and try to place him under citizens arrest if spotted at a London restaurant or bar.

Just when we thought we’d heard it all, there he goes again…

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”You know, I really can’t understand what all the fuss is about.’

The Kazakh despot who bought Blair for £16million (and Cherie for £320k): How ex-PM sold himself to a ‘virtual gangster’ linked to torture, money laundering, bribery and murder
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Tony Blair has made a business out of consulting disreputable clients
Include President el-Sisi in Egypt and unelected leaders of Gulf countries
Arguably his most questionable contact is president Nursultan Nazarbayev
Kazakhstan leader was welcomed into Downing Street by Blair in 2006
In his country, criticising him is illegal and opponents known to be tortured

Francis Beckett, David Hencke And Nick Kochan
Daily Mail

It’s the damning new book that lifts the lid on Tony and Cherie Blair’s lust for money. Yesterday, in our exclusive serialisation, we told how revelations about his relationship with a tycoon’s wife put a strain on the Blair marriage. Today we reveal how the couple are happy to sell their services to some of the world’s most repulsive tyrants…

Tony Blair makes a business out of providing consultancy to mostly unacceptable and disreputable clients. How else to explain the work he does for President el-Sisi in Egypt — who obtained his power by a military coup — or Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, not to mention the consultancy he provides, at great expense no doubt, to the unelected leaders of Gulf countries.

But perhaps the best-documented example of this touting of contacts built up over years of running a British government is seen in his consultancy to Kazakhstan, a million-square-mile country in central Asia.

This last contract, worth a massive £16 million for the first two years alone, would lead many to ask if a former Prime Minister of a Western democracy should even be associating with someone with the record for human rights abuse that its president Nursultan Nazarbayev has, let alone giving him public relations advice.

Nazarbayev has held power for 23 years, ever since the country was hived off from the old Soviet Union. In that time he has built up an appalling human rights record. Criticising him is illegal, the police routinely torture opponents and child labour is used in the country’s tobacco industry.

A newspaper that attacked him had its offices burned down and a dead dog left hanging from a window. Attached to the corpse was a note stating simply: ‘You won’t get a second warning.’

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THE YOUNGER YEARS: Blair posing for a photo with Kazakhstan’s despotic ruler.

In 2012, a report by the international monitoring group Human Rights Watch detailed violence against striking oil workers in which police and military shot dead at least a dozen protesters and wounded nearly 100 others.

A few years earlier, the leading opposition candidate was killed three weeks before an election. In the country’s most recent poll in 2011, the president was re-elected by an improbable popular vote of 95 per cent of the electorate. He is president for life anyway. The country’s constitution prescribes a maximum of two presidential terms for any one person but its parliament voted to amend this for Nazarbayev and allow him to seek re-election as many times as he wishes.

Scandalously, he has also been granted permanent immunity from prosecution for himself and his family — a wise precaution on his part given that the Nazarbayev family was embroiled in a series of investigations by Western governments into money laundering, bribery, and assassinations.

And yet this dictator with unlimited powers and the reputation as a virtual gangster now has a former British Prime Minister in his pocket…

Continue this story at the Mail Online

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