Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

High-flying Tony a drain on taxes

I was amazed to read that former prime minister Tony Blair has amassed an estimated fortune of more than £30m in a mere five years since leaving office. It was also reported recently that he earned a total of £20m last year alone from Government advisory work, speeches and consultancy.

But after reading this I was infuriated that, after receiving all this vast wealth, he is still drawing the maximum prime ministerial (inflation-proof) pension of £70,000 per annum, together with £115,000-a-year allowances - all coming from the taxpayer.

Doesn't he realise that the majority of people are suffering financially in this country and many are living week-to-week?

DR DAVID HILL

Chief executive,

World Innovation Foundation

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