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Thursday, August 19, 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different

In the sense, at least, that it's a post from Uncle Jimmy to which I appended a comment which wasn't rude about UJ or even about Blair himself. Here's the post, on the news story that Tony Blair is to donate the profits from his memoirs to the Royal British Legion's Battle Back Centre, a charity rehabilitating injured ex-servicemen.

And here is the comment I added:

I don’t like Blair, and the RBL in general is far from my favourite charity. However, praise where it’s due and all that: I would have been (OK, was) near the head of the queue to criticise TB for adding to the personal wealth amassed on the back of his appalling incumbency, so let me cross over to the other line and barge apologetically (sorry, don’t normally comment here, persona non wossname) into the queue to praise his giving the proceeds to charity. And, while it may surprise you, I mean no irony when I say that his choice of charity seems particularly apt. I may not be able to raise a cheer for Blair, but I’ll raise a glass just this once.

And I meant it. Obviously I have no special insight into Blair's motivation for the gift. A desire to improve his reputation for greed? A wish to be seen to be doing something for those injured in wars he sent them into? A suggestion from his tax accountant? Hell, maybe for once what you see is what you get and the bloke had the same kind of feeling you get when you pass a Big Issue seller. (Though few of us, I imagine, pay £4.6 million for a Big Issue.) Whatever. Just this once, the money is ending up not in Blair's pocket but in those of folk less fortunate than him. It doesn't make him Timothy Winters, but he gets a glass raised.

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