01 December 2009

Crowdsourcing Tony Blair

This is brilliant:

The former prime minister Tony Blair has received millions of pounds through an unusual mixture of commercial, charitable and religious income streams. Since he stepped down from office in 2007, his financial affairs have been described by observers as "Byzantine" and "opaque". The Guardian is now launching an online competition offering a prize to the person who can shine the brightest light on those financial structures.

Blair has a commercial consultancy, called Tony Blair Associates, plus jobs advising a US bank and a Swiss insurer. He has a multimillion pound book deal. He also has a charity, the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, and another called the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. But much of the income, which includes charitable donations from other sources, has been funnelled through a structure called Windrush Ventures No 3 Limited Partnership. Our contest asks: what is Windrush?

What could be more condign than for a man who frequently manifested his complete contempt for the view of the ordinary voters (Iraq war, anyone?) should have his money-obsessed and vulgar post-PM life investigated by those self-same little people?

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8 comments:

royston said...

flipin heck! p

glyn moody said...

That's what Tony said...

rob said...

Hi Glyn, I have followed your blog for a while. I would like to follow the discusions afterwards but your RSS comments feed only allows me to follow ONE post's comments at a time. All the other blogs I follow have a single RSS feed for ALL posts. Any chance of adding this?
Rgds Rob.

glyn moody said...

@rob: I've fiddled with the settings - any good?

rob said...

Unfortunately not. When I click on the RSS comments field for Google Reader it still comes back with Follow comments on crowdsourcing Tony Blair. Rgds Rob.

glyn moody said...

@Rob: what about if you go to home page

http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/

and choose "All comments" in the top right-hand corner?

rob said...

Done. Many thanks. I read Matt Assays blog for industry specific issues but yours has a much wider scope covering politics and science. Keep up the good work. Regards Rob.

glyn moody said...

@rob: good. Yes, I agree Matt covers the industry much better than I do.