Has Tony Blair sold himself to a foreign power?

On November 13, Yahoo!UK featured an interesting news item borrowed from Politics.co.uk.

Did you know that Tony Blair is working for the Kazakh president? Neither did I.

Richard Heller, a former adviser to Denis Healey and Gerald Kaufman, brought this gem to our attention.

This is potentially dangerous — and possibly treasonous.  However, let’s start at the beginning (emphases mine):

Tony Blair … recently signed a multimillion pound contract to advise President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan. He has reportedly opened an office in the capital, Astana. Other than the president, no-one knows what advice Mr Blair is giving.

As Heller points out, the news stories can only speculate. The fact is — no-one knows.

Now, we might ask how it is that Mr Blair is free to offer his services for a staggering amount of money to a country which is far from being a Western ally, important though it is in certain natural resources.

Since Tony Blair is not a peer, he did not have to supply the minimal and haphazard information required for the Register of Lords Interests. He did not have to notify the Foreign Office of his Kazakh appointment and it is not mentioned on the website of our local embassy.

Furthermore, the watchdog on ex-ministerial activity, the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba), has no listing of Blair’s paid work, either.

So, he would appear to be a free agent in the broadest sense of the term.

From a security standpoint, this working relationship poses potential threats. Heller explains:

Whether he likes it or not, Tony Blair is taking sides in the internal politics of Kazakhstan, which are murky and dangerous for an amateur outsider. He has become a trophy for the ruling president and a figure of contempt for the opposition. As North Africa has proved, even very long-running rulers can eventually fall, and if that happened in Kazakhstan (a country of great strategic importance) Tony Blair will have harmed our country’s relationship with the replacement government. But while President Nazarbayev is in power, it must strengthen his ego and his authority in any discussions with our country to have a former premier in his pocket. Whether he likes it or not, Tony Blair will diminish the authority, and in all probability the access, of our ambassador in Astana, David Moran.

Heller reminds us that the oath of loyalty to the Queen and her successors which Blair took is a lifelong pledge:

Its language is orotund and opaque but its tenor and general purpose are clear. It ends: “You will to your uttermost bear faith and allegiance unto the Queen’s Majesty; and will assist and defend all jurisdictions, pre-eminences, and authorities, granted to Her Majesty, and annexed to the crown by acts of parliament, or otherwise, against all foreign princes, persons, prelates, states, or potentates. And generally in all things you will do as a faithful and true servant ought to do to Her Majesty. So help you God.” Tony Blair does not care much about history unless he can invent it, but if he did take this oath seriously it would warn him against trying to serve two sovereigns and putting himself in the pay of any foreign state or potentate.

A violation of the oath of loyalty is serious enough.  However, this matter is not restricted to Britain. Heller points out:

Tony Blair may face greater scrutiny in the United States than in our own country. If he helps the Kazakhs there in any way, he is potentially liable to register as their agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938. This wide-ranging law was originally designed to combat Nazi and Soviet agents: it is piquant to think that it might catch Tony Blair and positively delicious to imagine him receiving a late-night visit from the FBI.

Someone should put the frighteners on him, but a visit from the FBI seems a bit hopeful.

So, who in power will do anything about this? David Cameron? The Queen? William Hague?

I’d like to see this story come up for a vigourous Parliamentary debate with decisive action taken.

This is further proof that Tony Blair does not care about our national sovereignty — nor, for that matter, about honouring oaths he has taken to our Head of State.  And all along we thought he was devoting the rest of his life to multifaith activities.  Pah.

Richard Heller makes the following recommendation:

No ex-minister should be allowed to work for any foreign ruler or government or state agency without the prior approval of the Queen-in-Council, including the prime minister and foreign secretary of the day. There should be a presumption against any approval, although an ex-minister should be allowed to do voluntary service in a poor country, or to serve as an independent peace envoy or for other humanitarian purposes. That would not bar any ex-minister from joining an international body or a non-governmental organisation.

That really is something which must be taken up in Parliament.

The UK Government must stop Tony Blair’s latest (ad)venture.

10 comments for “Has Tony Blair sold himself to a foreign power?

  1. Andrew Duffin
    November 24, 2011 at 11:31 am

    He sold our entire country out to foreign powers so I wouldn’t expect him to have many scruples where his own employment is concerned.

    I detest Blair as much as the next man, but he’s no longer a “government” minister, no longer party to State affairs, so he’s presumably a free agent and can go work for whichever foreign gangster will pay him enough to keep his wife in the manner etc etc.

    What’s the gripe exactly?

    • November 25, 2011 at 1:21 am

      The ‘gripe’, as you so graciously put it, is that he has taken — as I stated in the post — a lifelong oath of loyalty to the Queen and her successors.

      It has nothing to do with the fact that he is an ex-minister; he is still obliged to uphold this oath for the rest of his days.

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      January 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

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  2. November 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I have no liking for Blair but I’m not sure why Kazakhstan should be regarded as ‘far from an ally’. There is quite a bit of UK business being done there and it’s emerging as one of the most stable and increasingly prosperous ‘new’ countries following the USSR’s breakup. We may not like their non-democratic government but as far as I’m aware they have done nothing bad towards the UK.

    • November 25, 2011 at 1:25 am

      Not yet, anyway.

      But, as Heller says, what happens if/when there is a change of government? How does Blair’s alliance with the current president affect (as Angry Exile parodies below) ‘cultural learnings of Kazakhstan for make benefit glorious nation of Great Britain’ then?

      We do business with China, too — does that mean they are our ally?

  3. November 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Cultural learnings of Kazakhstan for make benefit glorious nation of Great Britain. I can just picture Tony Blair in a Borat thong… 😯 and now I want to wipe everything from my mind forever.

    So, he would appear to be a free agent in the broadest sense of the term.

    But a very well paid one in a more narrow sense, the bastard.

  4. November 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Ah but wait… wots this snippet I found.. has he upset the Muslim countries as well?


    Bush, Blair found guilty of war crimes

    A Malaysian tribunal has found former US President George W Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair guilty of committing crimes against humanity during the Iraq war, Press TV reported.

    The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal found the former heads of state guilty after a four-day hearing. A seven-member panel chaired by former Malaysian Federal Court judge Abdul Kadir Sulaiman presided over the trial.

    The five panel tribunal unanimously decided that the former US and British leaders had committed crimes against peace and humanity, and also violated international law when they ordered the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

    The prosecutors at the hearing ruled that the invasion of Iraq was a flagrant abuse of law, and act of aggression which amounted to a mass murder of the Iraqi people.

    “Bush and Blair are found guilty under the same law that applied to the Nazis after the end of the World War II. So, they are international (war) criminals guilty of Nuremberg crimes against peace; and they should be prosecuted by any state in the world that gets a hold of them. We will continue our efforts to bring Bush and Blair to justice and put them in jail,” Francis Boyle, an international law expert and prosecutor, told Press TV.

    The judges in the verdict said that that the United States, under the leadership of Bush, forged documents to claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

    Bush and Blair were tried in absentia by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal at the end of the hearing. The participants also demanded that the findings of the tribunal be made available to members of the Rome Statute and that the names of the two former officials be entered in the register of war criminals.

    “There is also a recommendation that this (the findings) be circulated to the states because all states have universal jurisdiction. Therefore, whenever Bush or Blair appear within their shores there is an obligation on the international law to commit these international war criminals through the justice system,” Gurdial Singh Nijar, a prosecutor, told Press TV.

    Lawyers and human rights activists in Malaysia have described the verdict issued by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal against Bush and Blair as “a landmark decision.”

    They say that they would lobby the International Criminal Court to charge the pair for war crimes.

    The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal is scheduled to hold a separate hearing next year on charges of torture linked to the Iraq war against former US officials including ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld and ex-Attorney General Alberto Gonzal

  5. james Higham
    November 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Bit of waterboarding wouldn’t go amiss on Blair and wife.

  6. Edward Spalton
    November 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Sir Edward Heath started it. He not only sold us to the EU but had consultancy fees from the Chinese government. He even supported them over the Tien an Mien Square massacre (“How can you have democracy in a country of 1,000 million?” he asked)

    Apart from selling state secrets, what other market value does a former minister have when offering his services to a foreign power?

    • November 25, 2011 at 1:26 am

      Thank you — just what I was thinking!

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