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Tony Blair pumps almost £10m into fighting for centrist ideas
Tony Blair is spending £9.3m fight for the centre ground
Tony Blair is spending £9.3m fight for the centre ground
Nigel Morris Nigel Morris 17:23 Wednesday January 4th 2017

Tony Blair is to pump nearly £10m from his business earnings into a new organisation which will challenge the rise of left-wing and right-wing populism around the world.

It will help to fund a policy unit dedicated to developing a fresh “agenda for the centre ground”.

Announcing his plans last month for the not-for-profit Tony Blair Institute, he explained it was being set up to address the future after the “political earthquakes in the UK with Brexit and with the American election”.

“I care about my country and the world my children and grandchildren will grow up in”

Tony Blair

The former Prime Minister has repeatedly stressed that he has no intention of returning to the political front-line.

He announced yesterday that he was transferring £9.257m, the assets of Windrush Ventures, the main company previously running his business interests, to the institute.

He has already transferred his ownership of Windrush to his new policy unit.

Mr Blair said last month: “I care about my country and the world my children and grandchildren will grow up in; and want to play at least a small part in contributing to the debate about the future of both.”
Will avoid ‘plague’ of social media abuse

He insisted that his new project will not be a think tank as “there are enough of those”, but a forum for building a policy agenda for the centre ground.

It would “avoid the plague of social media-led exchanges of abuse”.

The former premier said: “Part of its focus will plainly be around the European debate, but this will not be its exclusive domain.

“It has to go far wider than that since in many ways the Europe debate is a lightning rod for the whole of politics.”
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Jonathan Isaby
Jonathan Isaby
14:23 Wednesday January 4th 2017

“Ivan Rogers has resigned,” boomed the headlines leading the TV news bulletins throughout Tuesday.

In what was a typically quiet news day in early January, this announcement gave a grateful media something to get their teeth into – although one can only assume that the news was greeted in most living rooms across the land with a chorus of “Who is he, and what has he resigned from?”

As the head of the UK’s Permanent Representation to the European Union (UKREP), Sir Ivan Rogers KCMG was effectively our Ambassador to the EU, so – especially in the current political circumstances – his resignation was of course a matter worthy of interest.

Sir Ivan might actually have unwittingly helped deliver the Brexit vote

But the idea being spread by those like Nick Clegg that his departure is a “body blow” to the Government as it prepares to invoke Article 50 and embark on the Brexit negotiations is nothing short of ludicrous.

The fact is that his posting was due to end in October anyway.

It would surely have been far more disruptive to the impending negotiations for him to have exited stage left just a few months into the Brexit talks, whereas his departure now will allow the Government to appoint a replacement who can be there to see the process through from start to finish.

And as far as Brexit is concerned, by all accounts, it is not exactly as if his heart was in it.

You only need observe how he put the word ‘Brexit’ in inverted commas in his parting email to colleagues to sense his disdain for the decision made by the British people

He encouraged Cameron to water down negotiations

As Tim Shipman explained in his authoritative book, All Out War, Sir Ivan was instrumental in persuading then Prime Minister David Cameron to water down his demands in the renegotiation he pursued in advance of last year’s referendum.

There is a deep irony that had Cameron not listened to his advice and sought a far better deal for the UK from the EU, the British people might not have voted Leave after all: in this way, Sir Ivan might actually have unwittingly helped deliver the Brexit vote.

Of course, people will say, as a civil servant he didn’t have his own views and merely did what was required by the various administrations for which he worked.

While that may technically be true, Sir Ivan was unquestionably part of the Europhile establishment which favoured the status quo and was deeply hostile to Brexit. You only need observe how he put the word in inverted commas in his parting email to colleagues to sense his disdain for the momentous decision made by the British people last year.

In that same missive, he advised his erstwhile colleagues to “never be afraid to speak the truth to those in power”. But alas for Sir Ivan and his ilk, last June the British people spoke – and in greater numbers than at any prior election or referendum – in favour of taking back control of our laws, our money, our borders and our trade policy.

His departure at this juncture will allow Theresa May to appoint a replacement who will sing from the same hymnsheet, believing in delivering a successful Brexit. He has actually done us all a favour by quitting now.

Jonathan Isaby is Editor of BrexitCentral, Sign up to receive BrexitCentral’s free daily Brexit Briefing at http://www.BrexitCentral.com/signup
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