I know Pangloss has already got his claws into this interview, but does anyone else find Blair's comparison below to be completely delusional?
Since leaving office in 2007, Blair has been criticised for netting deals advising banks, companies and Arab governments as well as large sums for speeches .... "I got out of politics early enough to have a second act in life. Why shouldn't a politician be able to do that? Others do. Nobody says Bill Gates is bad for moving from business to philanthropy. Why shouldn't a politician do a business model when they change their life?"
I mean, come off it Tony. What you're doing is the polar opposite of what Bill Gates does. He's helping the poor to develop; you're helping yourself to get rich. As spins go, this one's a bit on the ambitious side, even for you...
well, Microsofts strategy has hardly been squeaky clean (the have had such a hard time with antitrust suits for a reason - some of their competitive practices have been appalling, and have done a lot of damage to the technology industry)
but yes, the comparison with Bill Gates is absurd
i remember somebody once asking Bill Gates why Microsoft kept such a large cash pile compared to their competitors, rather than re-investing it, paying dividends, etc...
... and Bill Gates' answer was - when he started the company, he was employing friends, old colleagues, etc... he had convinced them to risk their careers and livelihoods to join Microsoft, so he wanted to be absolutely certain that, if Microsoft hit trouble, he always had enough spare cash to honour their employment contracts for at least a couple of years
and even as the company grew and grew, he never stopped worrying about securing his employees future if things went bad
some of Bill Gates' execs were pretty dodgy characters, but Gates himself has always seemed a decent guy
well, Microsofts strategy has hardly been squeaky clean (the have had such a hard time with antitrust suits for a reason - some of their competitive practices have been appalling, and have done a lot of damage to the technology industry)but yes, the