Let’s not mince words. Tony Blair liked rich people. Also God and the Pope, it turned out, but he kept that secret. His liking for rich people he never hid. He admired their success and, well, their wealth. He didn’t seem to mind how they came about their wealth and success. Tony Blair liked to go on holiday with Silvio Berlusconi, a man who runs Italy like his personal fiefdom – through corruption, propaganda and changing the laws to suit himself. Here is Blair on the boat out to another millionaire’s yacht – he’s the one at the back not quite relaxed enough yet to take off his jacket:

And who wouldn’t want to relax on millionaires’ yachts in the Mediterranean? We’d all do it given the chance. But is the liking of Tony Blair and other politicians for rich people and the lovely things they have to share a good basis on which to operate a government? Should they appoint their rich friends to the House of Lords? No matter what their actual business record? And should they hold up their friends with dubious business records to the rest of us as an example of how we should all be behaving?

Tony Blair has not been content with hanging around with rich people. He is determined to become one of them. Since leaving office he has been utilising the knowledge, contacts and fame he gained in public office to turn himself into a successful businessman. This year his business signed a contract with Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, who Blair also describes as a ‘friend’.

President Santos is the former head of the Colombian military. Under cover of the ‘war on drugs’, then the ‘war on terror’, the Colombian military and their paramilitaries allies have been fighting an ongoing ‘low intensity war’ for many years, increasingly appropriating land for wealthy businessmen and corporations in the name of ‘security’, killing, torturing, raping and driving out people in their way. Many thousands of civilians have been assassinated or executed and about 5 million people displaced. Under Santos the military was rocked by the ‘false positives’ scandal in which soldiers murdered thousands of unarmed civilians from poorer areas and presented them as ‘guerillas’ killed in combat.

Tony Blair’s company is to advise Santos on foreign policy.

But presumably, even if being a friend of Tony Blair is a dubious credential for government, Lord Browne must have been well qualified to lead an education review or why would Peter Mandelson have commissioned him to do it and why would the current government be listening to him…


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  1. Mr Danger says:

    Under Santos, Colombia has seen the number of kidnappings fall 95% and murders fall 50%.

    Colombia now has few murders than Venezuela despite a larger population and multiple communist guerilla armies fighting a war with the government. That’s not a record Santos should be ashamed of.

    Once again it appears this website is deliberately distorting reality to promote a political agenda.

  2. informant says:

    There is an urban-rural and rich-poor divide in Colombia. Under Uribe and Santos it is true that certain people became safer. But – as was bound to be the case for any ‘solution’ imposed by violence – it came at an enormous cost to the people who don’t matter to Santos, to Tony Blair, or apparently to you:


    Whatever the actual figures, it is clear that two Colombias are developing under President Alvaro Uribe, says the BBC’s Jeremy McDermott in Medellin.

    Towns and cities, where the majority of Colombians live, have become safer under his administration, with murders and kidnappings down.

    But in rural areas, where most of the displacement takes place, the situation is as bad, or perhaps worse, than ever, our correspondent says.

  3. Mr Danger says:

    There is an urban-rural and rich-poor divide in Colombia.

    No way! What a shocker. That makes them… like every other country in the world.

    Under Uribe and Santos it is true that certain people became safer. But – as was bound to be the case for any ‘solution’ imposed by violence – it came at an enormous cost to the people who don’t matter to Santos, to Tony Blair, or apparently to you:

    I repeat – murders down 50%, kidnappings down 95%. That’s nearly 15,000 lives saved PER YEAR, and I can assure you plenty of them are rural and poor. THAT is an enormous cost avoided. Do these people matter to you?

    I can tell you what the Colombian people think of Santos – he has been part of three consecutive, wildly popular elected governments.

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