Over they years I have acquired a reputation for looking at Tony Blair's affairs, so this is interesting, posted on his website today:
Tony Blair has formally announced to staff his decision to close Tony Blair Associates and wind up the Firerush and Windrush structures. He will gift the substantial financial reserves to the Not For Profit work, on which he will continue to spend the vast majority of his time. The text of the email he sent is as follows:
Over the past nine years we have built a group of organisations employing around 200 people and working in more than 20 different countries round the world.
It is time to take this to a new level.
As I indicated last December at our annual all staff meeting, I want to expand our activities and bring everything under one roof.
I also want now to concentrate the vast bulk of my time on the Not For Profit work which we do. De facto, this has been the case in the past two years but we need to reflect this change in the way we are structured.
To this end, we are going to make the following changes:
1. We will close down Tony Blair Associates and wind up the Firerush and Windrush structures. I will retain a small number of personal consultancies for my income, but 80% of my time will be pro bono on the Not For Profit side.
2. The substantial reserves that TBA has accumulated will be gifted to the Not For Profit work.
3. We will bring our organisations under one roof and are in the process of obtaining new premises to do so.
There will be further announcements as we implement these changes.
Three thoughts. One, I hope the charities do some diligence on the source of the funds they are offered. Two, I hope the new structure is as transparent as the existing ones are opaque. Three, I hope Tony Blair has realised that opacity is very old hat and will go above and beyond what is required by law.
I can live in hope.