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trsisko
23rd April 2008, 20:54
grrr should have made him pay atleast, when i forgot my ticket and wallet I get no help what so ever.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080423/en_afp/britainpoliticsoffbeat

LONDON (AFP) - Former prime minister Tony Blair was left red-faced when he was caught travelling on a train without a ticket and said he had no cash to pay the fare, a report said on Wednesday.

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Blair, who has earned around 500,000 pounds on the speaking circuit since leaving office in June, was confronted by a ticket inspector as he travelled to Heathrow airport to catch a flight to the United States on Monday, the Daily Mail newspaper reported.

He said he had no cash for the 24.50 pounds fare because money an aide had given him was no longer in his pocket.

The newspaper, quoting Blair's spokesman, said his bodyguard offered to pay the ticket, but the inspector said he could travel for free.

Blair, 54, has taken up a post as the Middle East envoy for the international Quartet -- the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States.

He also has a lucrative part-time post as advisor to Wall Street bank JP Morgan and advises Swiss company Zurich Financial Services on a range of issues including climate change.

Blair's spokesman was unavailable for comment.

oracleslave
23rd April 2008, 21:25
grrr should have made him pay atleast, when i forgot my ticket and wallet I get no help what so ever.



It's only fair..

TheRefactornator
23rd April 2008, 21:33
grrr should have made him pay at least

Or perhaps better he could symbolically pay with his face in my boot instead...I'm pretty sure his bodyguard would put his money away and happily join in

vetran
23rd April 2008, 23:12
He has been freeloading for years!

Can we ask to have him disbarred? Committing a criminal offence is surely enough to manage that? He chose not to purchase a ticket

I think a complaint to the police is in order?

BrilloPad
24th April 2008, 05:54
LONDON (AFP) - Former prime minister Tony Blair was left red-faced when he was caught travelling on a train without a ticket and said he had no cash to pay the fare, a report said on Wednesday.

I think that the red-faced bit was added by the reporter - I don't think he is :emb by anything.

El_Diablo
24th April 2008, 06:53
I think that the red-faced bit was added by the reporter - I don't think he is :emb by anything.

Have to second that.

BoredBloke
24th April 2008, 09:29
He should have been charged - somebody travelling without a ticket because they couldn't afford one would have been fined so why wasn't this grinning fecker.

bogeyman
24th April 2008, 09:37
You don't understand.

Tickets are only for 'little people'.

DimPrawn
24th April 2008, 09:44
Perhaps Tony's face is his ticket?




In which case the inspector should have punched it.

BA to the Stars
24th April 2008, 09:52
Perhaps Tony's face is his ticket?




In which case the inspector should have punched it.

:rollin: