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The Sleazy Blairs
CHERIE BLAIR has had to admit that the Blairs hired a conman to help them buy two flats in Bristol, cut-price, for their son Euan who was studying at University.
It seems they used a tax-avoiding 'blind trust' set up in Blair's name as Prime Minister. What hypocrisy from Tony "tough on crime" Blair!
The Daily Mirror now reports that a survey showed 58% of people thought New Labour were even more sleazy than the Tories who were drowning in a sea of sleaze before they were defeated at the 1997 general election.
The press concentrated on Cherie's friendship with convicted conman Peter Foster and asking whether she intervened to stop him being sent back to Australia.
A better question would be: How come the Blairs could get their hands on £500,000 to set up Euan with two flats, one of which he can sell or rent out now and the other one after he leaves? How many firefighters would be able to do that even if they won their entire 40% claim?
But it's only the size of the opposition that has made Blair wary of bringing in up-front top-up fees for other students. New Labour are still keen on higher student fees in some form or other.
Blair can buy his son a decent education without him facing the pressure to work in his spare time in McDonalds. New Labour's slogan should be "education, education, education as long as your parents are rich".
In fact, the real conmen in this story are those in the government who bring in legislation re-introducing selection in education and widening the inequalities between the rich and the rest of us.
In The Socialist 13 December 2002:
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