Tony Blair has called for MPs to be paid more. He says he has amassed a £10 million fortune since leaving Number 10. Others have estimated he is worth £100 million.
In an interview with Vanity Fair the former prime minister launched a robust defence of his leadership, saying the public should still listen to him.
Justifying calls to pay politicians more, Blair said the “gene pool of political leaders” had shrunk. This is because people did not think it was worth standing for election any more.
The poor dear is still suffering from all the Iraqis he killed. He said he “resents the fact that they have damaged his reputation irrevocably”.
“People say: ‘Why should you listen to him?’–because of Iraq. And I keep saying, that’s why you should listen to me.
“Because I’ve been through this in government, and since leaving office I’ve been studying it the whole time.”
During the interview he said it was acceptable to work for dictators.
He has earned millions through his firm Tony Blair Associates in consulting fees and speaking arrangements.
Justifying his income Blair said the electorate was going to have to “get used to” high profile politicians cashing in on the private sector when they retire.
He said: “There’s no way I’m going to retire and play golf. You look at someone like Henry [Kissinger]. He’s 91 and he’s still going strong.
“I love that.”
We have been warned.