Tony Blair appears to be about to step down from his position as Middle East envoy focusing on economic affairs for the ‘Quartet’ – the EU, US, UN, and Russia.
This is the right thing to do.
It is the right thing to do not because he is wealthy, not because he has failed to bring peace to the Middle East after eight years in the job, and not because he has become the pantomime villain for people still hissing and booing about the ‘Blair Years’ and the Iraq War.
It’s the right thing to do because his growing business interests conflict with his role in two ways.
Firstly there is too much overlap between his financial concerns, his advisory roles to unsavoury regimes, and the Israel/Palestine issue. For example, advising General Sisi of Egypt on economic affairs is not compatible with also negotiating with General Sisi on the Middle East ‘Peace Process’.
Secondly, being the Quartet’s Middle East envoy is a full time job, but not a full time job for a man who appears to have several full time jobs already.