Exposed: The Mail-inspired Dispatches hatchet job on Blair

Tonight's Dispatches on Channel Four alleging financial impropriety against Tony Blair is a regurgitation of discredited Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday stories.

Tonight’s Dispatches on Channel Four alleging financial impropriety against Tony Blair is a regurgitation of discredited Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday stories, Left Foot Forward can reveal. The claims of conflicts of interest and secrecy against the former prime minister with regard to his role in the Middle East were debunked the first time they were made, yet are being repeated as fact.

One of the claims made by Peter Oborne is that Blair’s support for the Palestinian mobile company Wataniya and a gas field development off Gaza are somehow connected to his role with JP Morgan – the truth is Blair advocated for both projects at the direct request of the Palestinians.

It is his responsibility as official representative Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East to work to build the Palestinian economy – the Wataniya project represented the single largest foreign direct investment there has been into the Palestinian Authority.

Both projects, which are clearly good news for the Palestinians, were long-standing demands of the international community. In neither case was Blair even aware JP Morgan had a connection with the company; he never discussed it with them, they never raised it with him.

Tonight’s programme will bandy around several figures as to how much money Blair has made from various projects, the source material for which is the Daily Mail. Tony Blair’s office have told us that every single figure the show’s producers put to them in advance is wrong.

The programme further alleges a conspiracy between Blair, al-Megrahi, Alex Salmond and the Gaddafis. The facts, plain to see, are that al-Megrahi was released by the Scottish Executive two years after Blair left power, on compassionate grounds that weren’t even an issue while Blair was still in office.

Blair has never done any business for or with Libya. He has never had any commercial, advisory or business relationship with any Libyan company or entity. Contrary to what Colonel Gaddafi’s son Saif may have claimed, Blair has never had any role, informal or formal, paid or otherwise, with the Libyan Investment Authority or the Libyan government.

We understand that Tony Blair will instruct lawyers to take action if tonight’s Dispatches programme oversteps the mark.

17 Responses to “Exposed: The Mail-inspired Dispatches hatchet job on Blair”

  1. Stewart Lochhead

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  2. Jane Cross

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  3. Michael

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  4. Political Planet

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  5. Tonysociolog

    RT @leftfootfwd: Exposed: The Mail-inspired Dispatches hatchet job on Blair http://t.co/ag6yQTph a joke part of Straw, another war criminal

  6. Alexander Zatman

    @zakgolombeck sorry buddy, not so lucky http://t.co/IR74VWsi #dispatches

  7. Purbeck Pashmina

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  8. Robert the crip

    Sadly this chap has made it plain with his wife that money was his main concern with life, according to Blair he had to leave labour because of Brown, sadly shows you he’s full of bull. Blair left to rush to America to make his fortune while the war he started ended under different leader, I mean your not telling me Blair could not have sacked Brown years before, he was the leader.

    Since then we had books we even had his wife trying to flog his signature on ebay, it’s been money making, as for Palestine what the hell has he doe

  9. Robert the crip

    The programme further alleges a conspiracy between Blair, al-Megrahi, Alex Salmond and the Gaddafis. The facts, plain to see, are that al-Megrahi was released by the Scottish Executive two years after Blair left power, on compassionate grounds that weren’t even an issue while Blair was still in office.

    So the BP contracts were not a reason gosh your New labour, of course this was done between Blair and the Scottish party OIL OIL OIL.

  10. Knut Cayce

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  11. Billy Blofeld

    Tony Blair…………. nuff said.

  12. Oliver

    This article reads more like a press release from Blair’s office. How about some references and sources? Frankly, I am as dubious about this article as I am about Dispatches.

  13. Shamik Das

    @AlistairNic Debunking of #Dispatches hatchet job on Blair: http://t.co/JCML1ybP & Tony in his own words: http://t.co/voqWMvR8

  14. Julie

    @AlistairNic Debunking of #Dispatches hatchet job on Blair: http://t.co/JCML1ybP & Tony in his own words: http://t.co/voqWMvR8

  15. Daniel Cremin

    @AlistairNic Debunking of #Dispatches hatchet job on Blair: http://t.co/JCML1ybP & Tony in his own words: http://t.co/voqWMvR8

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