Ex PMs’ work worth £1.7m
According to the Independent, former prime ministers are still entitled to cost allowances for public duties:
The system was set up by John Major in 1991 to reward former incumbents of No 10 for work including answering letters and attending public events.
For someone who was so against state handouts, Thatcher managed to rake in over half a million pounds in the last five years. Due to her frailty, she was hardly ever seen in public. It must have been spent on the letters then. A simple solution would have been to ask her fans to include a self-addressed envelope (celebrities do it all the time).
Blair, on the other hand, is known for charging exorbitant sums for his attendance of public events. Asking us to subsidise his net profit is cheeky. A freedom of information request asking for details of the claims (who, when and how much) failed because it would take too much work. There goes transparency.