Blair's 'Ticket to Ride' or in this case - not.

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  1. dong20

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    LONDON (AFP) - Former prime minister Tony Blair was caught travelling on a train without a ticket and any cash to pay the fare, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

    Blair was confronted by a ticket inspector as he travelled to London's Heathrow airport to catch a flight to the United States on Monday, spokesman Matthew Doyle said.

    "Mr Blair just didn't have any cash on him," Doyle said. "One of the policemen travelling with him offered to pay for the ticket, but the ticket inspector said it wasn't necessary."

    A ticket should on the train should cost 24.50 pounds (49 dollars, 30 euros).

    I mean, it makes you wonder ... :cool:

    Former British PM caught riding without a ticket
     
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    Wonder what?
     
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    It shows how desperate a state the Country is in when the former PM can't even afford a train ticket :cool:
     
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    Retiring PM's used to get an earldom and a barony, they don't even give those out any more. :tongue:
     
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    He`s got enough money to buy an earldom.
     
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    I'm not sure about 'Earldoms' I think they quit doing that in the 60s and/or 'Baronetcies' which are hereditary (while a life peer holds the 'rank' of 'Baron' it's not hereditary), but yes they were usually honoured automatically. John Major ended the cycle of 'automatic' honours for certain posts. He was awarded the Order of the Garter only in 2005.

    That particular honour is awarded solely at the personal prerogative of the Monarch. Clearly she liked him. :biggrin1:

    One day, he will be entitled to a free travel pass.
     
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    i woulda throw mr blair out of the train
     
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    It's not the country that's in a desperate state. It's him, who managed to lose the cash his PA put in his pocket.

    Anyone else would have been fined and had to pay the fare. The sponger should have been made to pay. He's already earned over 500,000 from one part-time job since he retired as PM, so he's certainly not short of funds, just readies.
     
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    The law is the law.

    He's an ex lawyer and his wife still practices, so few know that better.

    It's outrageous that he wasn't only made to pay the fair but charged with breaking the law, also.

    Did his security people pay their way? If so, how could he have not done likewise? if not, they should all have been charged with breaking the law.

    This is the sort of stuff that sticks in the craw of us "ordinary's".
     
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    I think from Wilson on, Labour governments only gave out life peerages.

    Macmillan was made Earl of Stockton and Viscount Macmillan of Ovendon in 1984.

    I am not sure if a retired PM being made a KG is an indication of of HM's personal liking, as it was also given to Baroness Thatcher.:eek::eek::eek:
     
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    I didn't think they'd do that so recently, shame he didn't get to enjoy the title very long.

    Perhaps, who knows it was really a joke comment. :biggrin1:

    Perhaps she secretly liked Margaret more than was supposed? - I read she found her 'a bit of a frost'. HM awarded the same honour to the Late Sir Edmund Hillary that same year. Interestingly, Late Sir Dennis received a Baronetcy in 1991, the first for almost 30 years to my knowledge not since repeated. Sadly this means his son inherited his title.

    Not that this has anything to do with TB's fare dodging.
     
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    And his Momma too?
     
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    If she doesnt pay that is :wink:
     
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    I dont think he should have to pay at all.
     
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