Wednesday, August 18, 2010

4 million reasons to say "Thank you".

There has been a lot of press in recent days about Tony Blair's donation of the proceeds of his memoirs to the Royal British Legion.

On one hand, the amount of money, typically estimated to be in excess of four million pounds, will make a substantial differenceto the Legion, which looks after the welfare of serving and ex-service men and women.

On the other hand, some have criticised it as "blood money" or as a publicity stunt from an already wealthy man.

Blair was a disappointing Prime Minister.  This is perhaps best revealed in Anthony Seldon's two volumes of history about him, Blair and Blair Unbound

However, unless you are among the super-rich, £4m is a great deal of money.  Blair didn't have to give it and was under no pressure to do so.  It's a pity that some people and journalists have chosen to sneer at his action rather than consider the benefits it will bring to wounded service men and women.

4 comments:

powerpointer said...

Hmmm, a very British understatement there "a disappointing Prime Minister". You could have said "Blair, whose unprincipled and sloppy approach left all the nation's problems unaddressed, has left a legacy which our children and grandchildren will be paying for long after he is dead and gone" or if you had wanted to go beyond objective criticism .....

Anthony said...

If this is how the press treats people who give money that will help, I'm not sure if they will achieve anything comparable with the damage caused by demotivating people from putting themselves in the spotlight. Though, could Tony Blair have donated it anonymously...?

Sean Haffey said...

He could have donated anonymously, but it seems harsh to become the target of abuse for giving millions to charity.

Slim said...

I do wonder if it is more about his Tonyness trying to repent (I understand he has caught religion much more since stepping down from power). Good try Tony, but this won't change people's minds.