BANGKOK – Tony Blair faced angry street protests in Thailand yesterday after jetting in to advise the country on peace and reconciliation.
The former prime minister was heckled after local news reports claimed he was being paid more than £400,000 to speak at a one-day conference in Bangkok.
Protesters carried banners saying ‘Blair ruined the UK, stay out of Thailand’, and ‘Blair speaks, Thailand pays’.
Mr Blair, a Middle East peace envoy, denied receiving a fee for his appearance. So did the Thai government, who said taxpayers were covering only Mr Blair’s travel, accommodation and expenses.