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The Blair Why Project…

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.



8 Comments on "The Blair Why Project…"

  1. The question is for Blair what next? He needs the world stage, once you’ve tasted that prestige no other platform will do. The brand has become so affected that even the speaker circuit and other advisory roles may dry up. That said he seems to thrive under intense criticism so let’s see what happens next.

  2. Ian Sutherland | 16th May 2015 at 12:03 am | Reply

    Maybe he could just focus on making his money and leave the world alone. He’s done enough damage.

    • Tim Marshall | 16th May 2015 at 12:05 am | Reply

      ian – there are still many Blairevers… He’s the most divisive British political figure since WWII ,along with Thatcher. There’s a generation which will argue about the Blair Years until their dying day.

  3. Perhaps there are time commitment and conflict of interests issues but having said, last week in Sharm all-Sheikh, that there is “an issue with Islam” I suspect he feels that until this is addressed , there is nothing more he can do. Eight years is a long time by Weststern standards, but a mere blink of an eye in the Middle East. One’s sanity needs to be preserved!

    • Tim Marshall | 16th May 2015 at 12:05 am | Reply

      Well, I am confident he does feel that in the long run history will judge him in a better light than he is currently regarded in many quarters.

  4. David Waywell | 16th May 2015 at 12:04 am | Reply

    Maybe the next Labour leader? It’s either that or the next Pope and I’m not entirely sure which would have the longer odds.

  5. Nervana Mahmoud | 16th May 2015 at 12:04 am | Reply

    You are absolutely right Tim. Blair is now busy with so many jobs and the Middle East needs a man who is willing to devote his time, mind and passion into a region in mid-life crisis.

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