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LORD GOLDSMITH, Blair's former attorney-general, has a new job at a US law firm on a salary of about £1 million a year. The government's former chief legal adviser 'advised' Blair that Britain should join Bush's imperialist war in Iraq in 2003.
Other ex-Blair cabinet members to be doing well from 'advice' include former health secretary Alan Milburn. He gets £25,000 a year as an adviser to Pepsi-Cola and £30,000 a year for his role on Lloyds pharmacy's health advisory panel and £35,000 as an adviser to the European board of Bridgepoint Capital Ltd, a finance company with an interest in health care.
Corporate Labour 2
WHO WAS in charge at New Labour's recent party conference? The big corporations dominated the fringe meetings. Coca-Cola sponsored and spoke at a meeting on "corporate social responsibility." What is it about New Labour? All bubbles but no substance.
Health minister Dawn Primarola was speaking on the obesity crisis in a meeting organised by Nestlé, the chocolate and food multinational that has vending machines in schools for its fattening produce!
Boots sponsored a Fabian meeting aimed at getting high street chemists (like Boots) to deliver NHS services. Private health firm BUPA paid for another Fabian meeting where health minister Lord Darzi spoke on: "Beyond hospitals, transforming the NHS." Pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Merck, Sharp and Dohme were amongst sponsors/ speakers at a meeting addressed by Lord Warner, former health minister.
In The Socialist 4 October 2007:
War and terrorism
Editorial and comment
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Socialist Party news and analysis
Socialist Party features
Socialist Party feature
Socialist Party events
International socialist news and analysis
Socialist Party reviews and comment
Socialist Party workplace news