The Blair Necessities: Inside Tony’s personal empire

With calls for the former Labour leader to be stripped of his recent knighthood, we take a look at his business dealings post-office

Until recently Tony Blair was a sort of forgotten figure of British politics. After shepherding New Labour to victory in the 90s then crashing out of the top office to be replaced with a walking ham/charisma void in 2007, Blair (now 68) would only really ever pop up to offer unwelcome opinions on occasional happenings like Brexit or the Covid Pandemic. Sort of like that uncle you’ve forgotten exists until you see him posting on Facebook about how the recent reduction in gravy in the Gregg’s stake bake is further proof that the country is going down the pan.

Which brings us to Blair’s recent re-emergence as (whisper it) Sir Tony Blair. Or, Sir Anthony Charles Lynton Blair KG to give him his official title. Of course, following the War in Iraq, many have given Blair another title, one that goes a bit like W*r Cr*min*l. Which makes the awarding of his knighthood all the more confusing.

At the time of writing a petition urging the government to rescind his knighthood is closing in on one million signatures, making it one of the most signed petitions on Meanwhile, the Independent reports that just 3 per cent of a sample of the British public surveyed strongly feel Blair should get the knighthood. Writing in The Guardian Simon Jenkins opines “‘Sir Tony Blair’? How cheaply knighthoods come in our broken honours system”. Even the Daily Express and Daily Mail don’t seem to be on Blair’s side, running stories mentioning ISIS and Robert Mugabe.

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