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GORDON Brown is taking a £2,000-a-week handout from the taxpayer to fund his work as a former Prime Minister while raking in more than £600,000 from private organis­ations as a globe-trotting speech-maker.

The handout is on top of his generous expenses as an MP.

He was paid £84,000 of the little known Public Duty Costs Allowance in 2010/11 and is entitled to a further £115,000 this year.

The state handouts, set up by John Major in 1991 to help the recently deposed Margaret Thatcher, are offered to all former prime ministers for work such as answering letters or attending public events.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that since 2006 Mr Brown, Tony Blair, Mr Major and Baroness Thatcher claimed a total of £1.4million.

So we are paying him to write a book about how it wasn't his fault????

Although nice to see all of our former PM's have their snout firmly in the trough even those that supposedly don't even like public spending.

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Dispatches - Monday 26th Sept, 8pm Channel 4

A program about a "socialist":

"The Wonderful World of Tony Blair"

Since resigning in June 2007 Tony Blair has financially enriched himself more than any ex-Prime Minister ever. Reporter Peter Oborne reveals some of the sources of his new-found wealth, much of which comes from the Middle East.

On the day Tony Blair resigned as Prime Minister, he was appointed the official representative Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East. By January 2009 he had set up Tony Blair Associates - his international consultancy - which handles multi-million-pound contracts in the Middle East. It is so secretive we don't know all the locations in which they do business.

Dispatches shows that at the same time as Blair is visiting Middle East leaders in his Quartet role he is receiving vast sums from some of them. If Blair represented the UK government, the EU, the IMF, the UN or the World Bank, this would not be permitted.

He would also have to declare his financial interests and be absolutely transparent about his financial dealings. But no such stringent rules govern the Quartet envoy.

However, he could opt to abide by the rules and principles of public life. They were introduced by John Major, and Tony Blair endorsed and strengthened them for all holders of public office - but chooses not to himself


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This is the best bit. :rolleyes:

He has reportedly made £10million from speeches and other roles since leaving Downing Street in 2007 yet in 2008 and 2009 he claimed a total of £273,000 in public duty allowances. Mr Blair did not receive any ­payment last year.

The b*****d has cost me £20k since the crisis manufactured by him and the useless governments which allowed it to happen. :angry:

I will refuse to fight for this country in the next war. :D

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The state handouts, set up by John Major in 1991 to help the recently deposed Margaret Thatcher,..

and himself of course. It's just taxpayer's money so it's an endless supply and free money to them.

Edited by billybong

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