​Blair ‘enriching himself’ with peace envoy role & Occupy Rupert Murdoch (E189)

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on Tony Blair’s role as Middle East peace envoy. Francis Beckett, co-author of Blair Inc: the Man Behind the Mask, thinks he could be using the position to enrich himself, pointing out meetings with oil-rich Sheikhs resulting in ‘nothing particular to do with Middle East peace but a £27-million contract for Tony Blair Associates.’ Donnachadh McCarthy, spokesperson for Occupy Rupert Murdoch, discusses why they are protesting against the Australian magnate, warning the 5 billionaires that control the media have ‘undue influence’ over British democracy. Loz Kaye, head of the Pirate Party UK, discusses crowdsourced manifestos, mass surveillance, and the importance of internet freedom in the run up to the general election.

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