Tony Blair

Thailand denies it will pay Tony Blair US$640,000 speaker fee

Tony Blair. Photo: EPA

Thailand has denied it will pay former British Prime Minister Tony Blair US$640,000 to speak at an upcoming government-sponsored forum in Bangkok on bridging the kingdom’s festering political divides.

Saturday, 17 August, 2013, 6:30pm 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, June 19, 2013

Tony Blair: "laughable" vision of spirituality. Photo: Bloomberg

Snowden saga reveals true human nature

Edward Snowden has revealed what we all know, that governments spy.

Whilst we all happily watch 007 and Jason Bourne and marvel at their antics, we take affront when the faceless reach of any government invades our own privacy.

19 Jun 2013 - 1:26am 5 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 1, 2013

Tony Blair took over a full treasury. Photo: AFP

UK's problems down to Blair, not Thatcher

I refer to Kevin Rafferty's article ("Britain's economy labours in the shadow of Thatcher's none-too-splendid legacy", April 20).

Britain's burdens today are the result of Tony Blair's and Gordon Brown's 13 years, not those of Margaret Thatcher.

1 May 2013 - 2:32am 1 comment

Could Hong Kong use some of Thatcher's 'conviction' politics?

Margaret Thatcher. Photo: Bloomberg

Margaret Thatcher, Britain's longest-serving leader of the 20th century, once claimed credit for "New Labour" and Tony Blair, who served almost as long as she did as prime minister. That the former Conservative Party leader could get away with that pronouncement, without attracting derision, says something about her dominance of British politics and her legacy.

11 Apr 2013 - 2:45am 8 comments

Briefs, November 18, 2012

Syrian opposition plans embassy in France

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande and the new Syrian opposition leader announced plans yesterday to install an ambassador to represent Syria in France. The surprise move came after talks between Hollande and Moaz al-Khatib, head of the newly formed Syrian opposition coalition. France recognised the coalition last Sunday. AP

18 Nov 2012 - 3:11am

Briefs, September 30, 2012

Pavel Vondrous (circled) about to attack President Vaclav Klaus

Islamists abandon their last bastion in Somalia

30 Sep 2012 - 4:10am

The Week Explained: politicians turned businessmen

Something to smile about: Nicolas Sarkozy is mulling an offer from Morgan Stanley and Tony Blair advises J.P. Morgan. Photo: AFP

News that the former British prime minister Tony Blair set up a meeting to help the Hong Kong-listed commodities conglomerate Glencore secure a US$80 billion merger with Xstrata offered a timely reminder of the role former political leaders play in the business world.

17 Sep 2012 - 12:07am

Try Blair and Bush over lies to start Iraq war, Desmond Tutu urges

Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu called yesterday for British ex-leader Tony Blair and former US president George W. Bush to face trial in The Hague for their role in the Iraq war.

3 Sep 2012 - 5:16am

A little faith in faith could help heal society's troubles

Marx decried religion as the 'opium of the people'. The current position of the Chinese Communist Party is more ambivalent; indeed, some argue China's leaders see an appeal in the sedative effects of religion.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

Manny Pacquiao

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Heckler accosts Blair at HKU talk

Tony Blair was in Hong Kong yesterday to answer questions on the impact of faith and globalisation, but instead he was nearly the victim of a citizen's arrest for war crimes.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

We are worried that if we don't have more donations coming in, we may not be able to organise the July 1 rally next year

Eric Lai Yan-ho, convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front

I took the strategic decision to manage this, not confront it

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on his relationship with the media

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Muddy affair

Beware, all you top politicians. The people have tasted blood, and they thirst for more. Have you fathered a child out of wedlock? If yes, destroy all pictures of the child. If one still surfaces, get your teary wife to publicly forgive you. Ever hobnobbed with our tycoons or triad bosses? Pray no one rats on you.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

One rule for us, no rule for them

What a rotten world we live in! Before WikiLeaks has even been charged with a crime it's been removed from the internet, had its funds frozen and had media figures and politicians call for the assassination of its leader, Julian Assange, and for it to be labelled a terrorist organisation.

12 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

The Special Relationship

The Special Relationship Michael Sheen, Dennis Quaid, Helen McCrory, Hope Davis Director: Richard Loncraine

7 Nov 2010 - 12:00am