Sunday, June 26, 2005

More appearance of impropriety in Bush-Blair relations

British PM Tony Blair's son Euan will be starting a 3-month (unpaid) internship on the Rules Committee in the US House of Representatives. British diplomats had been involved in the process of securing the internship. The news has raised eyebrows across the pond only weeks after Blair's wife, Cherie, was criticized for a paid speech about her life at Downing Street concurrently with a "spur of the moment" meeting about the G8 Summit between the PM and President Bush.
An aide to congresswoman Louise Slaughter, the leading Democrat on the committee, described it as "one of the most partisan" in Congress.

Eric Burns told the newspaper: "It is extremely surprising that the son of a Labour prime minister would intern with the Republican majority staff on the committee."
According to a Downing Street spokesman the 21-year old Blair, who is completing his degree in Ancient History, will be mentored by California Republican David Drier during the period and that he was hoping he could intern with the Democrats in the future.

In a political environment where appearances seem to be everything, this move gives one very bad one of international dynasty building between leaders already under suspision of collusion and sedition.

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