The Blair Foundation: a fresh idea in the making

Posted by Tim Ireland at January 7, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

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The Independent – Does Tony’s new best friend know something we don’t?: Socialite Martha Greene has fixed parties for Tony and speeches for Cherie. So what’s she up to registering ‘Blair Foundation’ on the web? On 4 November the website domain blairfoundation.org.uk was registered – by one Martha Greene. It is the clearest sign yet that the Prime Minister plans to set up a body similar to that established by the former US President Bill Clinton.

Here’s what the papers missed, folks;

Martha Greene registered tonyblairfoundation.co.uk and tonyblairfoundation.org a month earlier… on 30 September 2006

It wasn’t until 4 November that she registered blairfoundation.org.uk then – a few days later – theblairfoundation.org and theblairfoundation.com (for some reason, the ‘Tony’ was dropped… I’m guessing for statesman-like branding purposes).

So, what was happening in late September? The Times practically trips over it right at the end of their article…

The Times – Blair starts work on building fortune: At the last Labour party conference, speaking briefly about the foundation, Clinton declared: “I found there was life after politics.” All eyes immediately swivelled across the platform to examine Blair’s expression for any sign of recognition or enthusiasm.

Gah! So close!

Clinton airs the idea publicly on Tuesday the 26th. By the end of the week, a plan is in motion. Enthusiasm? I’ll say!

(Psst! It’s called research, guys. Try it sometime.)

UPDATE – And the first cab off the rank is…blair-foundation.co.uk! I think it’s time for another meeting about names, Martha.








6 Comments

  1. RickB says

    Tony needs to realise he is more in the Monica Lewinsky role. At least that’s how dubya thinks of him.

  2. beaubodor says

    Welcome back Tim – I'm sure I speak for many.Now, just a bit more research – The Tony Blair Foundation appeared on the web a little earlier than the sites you mention.It has had its own section since early August 2006 athttp://www.tonyblairairport.co.uk/blairfoundation…Cheers

  3. Manic says

    beaubodor: Heh. You cheeky bugger.RickB: It also occured to me last night that now Blair is being told what to do by EX-presidents. Caplin will be channeling Nixon next, just you watch.

  4. Davide Simonetti says

    Hi Tim,Welcome back. Have you noticed the completely unrelated http://www.blairfoundation.com?

  5. Manic says

    I have indeed. There is also tonyblairfoundation.com that was registered by the good people at http://ruskinsplace.com/The web archive reveals it to be part of a charming venture into experimental theatre:http://web.archive.org/web/20040317091329 <a href…” target=”_blank”>/http://ruskinsplace.com/

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