Blair's book profit donation called "blood money"
Tony Blair’s announcement that he will donate the proceeds from his forthcoming memoir to wounded British soldiers has received a withering response in the U.K. press.
Many of Tuesday’s newspapers excoriate the former British prime minister for his decision to donate all the profits from the book – including a $7 million advance – to The Royal British Legion, the country’s leading charity providing support to military veterans.
The center-right tabloid The Daily Mail, however, paid him a backhanded compliment with this headline: “For once in his war-mongering, money grubbing career, Tony Blair has done something decent.“
The Guardian, a center-left newspaper asked, “Generous gesture or guilty conscience?“ It also notes that the donation will be the largest ever for the British Legion.
For its part, the charity said it is “delighted.“
While the donation is significant, nearly all the stories note that Blair also receives large sum of money from speaking fees. He is said to have earned around $30 million since leaving office three years ago.
A spokesman for Blair said that the donation to veterans was a way of “marking the enormous sacrifice they make for the security of our people and the world... Tony Blair recognises the courage and sacrifice the armed forces demonstrate day in, day out."
Blair’s memoir, titled “A Journey,“ will be released on Sept. 2.
August 17, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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