Wednesday, June 27, 2007

And Don't Come Back

Men of destiny were cheaper back then
Today is Bliar's last day.


So far we know it's cost us at least £1m for his Blairwell World Tour, and now he's going to cop the ex-PM's package worth £300 grand pa for life (htp TS).

As others have pointed out, that is in sharp contrast to what Churchill got- or rather didn't get- when he was hoofed out at the end of WW2. Then, if it hadn't been for the generosity of his rich friends, he would have been forced to sell his house to make ends meet.

But of course, all that's small beer compared to what Bliar can now earn on the lecture circuit by cashing in on his carefully cultivated celebrity. It's reckoned his memoirs are "worth" £5m , and he will be able to charge £75 grand a throw for lectures in the US.

Did Churchill charge for his famous Iron Curtain speech in Fulton, Missouri, we wonder.

Yes, it's tacky. Yes, we resent the money. And yes, we squirm at the thought of what "man of destiny" nonsense he might come up with to earn a buck or squillion in future.

But at least he's gone. And when history counts the cost in terms of broken promises, illegality, and all round incompetence, the judgement will be harsh.

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