Blair’s successful career of getting people to vote for him and make him Prime Minister, 1997-2007, meant he was able after leaving 10 Downing St to move into the very remunerative world of advising wealthy companies and foreign governments.
He made a good start. J. P. Morgan, the American investment bank, hired him to advise them for a fee of about £2.5 million a year. He got other deals from Zurich Insurance, Bernard Arnault (part of a luxury goods conglomerate), and the International Sanitary Supply Association (Times, 2 March). His main firm, Tony Blair Associates, has been doing very well ever since. Not only rich businessmen, but autocratic rulers round the world, can count on Blair’s support, at a price.