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Smoking out Tony Blair

Issue No. 2123

New Labour’s love affair with big business goes back a lot further than Gordon Brown’s bailout for the banks.

Documents released after a Freedom of Information Act request by the Sunday Telegraph show that Tony Blair, when prime minister, personally intervened to stop ministers banning tobacco advertising in Formula One racing in 1998.

This followed Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone donating £1 million to the Labour Party.

Blair may now have to return to parliament to answer charges that he “deliberately misled” MPs. At the time he claimed he was “a pretty straight guy”. These latest revelations, alongside his lies over Iraq, show that this statement is far from the truth.


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What We Think
Tue 14 Oct 2008, 18:24 BST
Issue No. 2123
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