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Maybe, it's worth mentioning that Tony Blair is joining one of the Wall Street's best-known banks (JP Morgan).

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/be4ed2c4-befa-11dc-8c61-0000779fd2ac.html

As Yves Smith says: "Isn't making speeches for hundreds of thousands of pounds and book deals (bad) enough? Formal private sector jobs, even advisory roles, by top government officials, should be prohibited for at least two years (four would be better). Any shorter timeframe creates conflicts of interests."

by kukute on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 12:31:16 PM EST
Oh, yeah, actually mentioning the conflicts of interest arising from his "adviser" appointments with various private companies wouldn't be a bad thing.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 02:19:44 PM EST
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That would also disqualify Aznar - he's been in the pay of Rupert Murdoch since he left office (and covertly for the first two years while he sat on Spain's advisory "Council of State").

And Schröder (Gazprom).

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 03:18:31 PM EST
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Of course, Migeru,

But, please, don't put Aznar in the same dish with Schröeder. It's like mixing a salad with kidneys in xerez sauce.

A big conflict of tastes!

by kukute on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 08:01:36 PM EST
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True.

And welcome to ET!

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 03:29:07 PM EST
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