WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Blair under fire for

The prospect of Tony Blair earning an estimated £2.5m a year from his new role providing 'strategic advice and insight on global political issues and emerging trends' (Guardian, 10 January) was compounded by the fact that his employer, US investment bank JPMorgan, is heavily involved with underwriting the reconstruction of Iraq.

Reg Keys, father of a soldier killed in Iraq, said it was 'almost akin to taking blood money' (Daily Mail, 11 January). Tony Parsons accused Blair of 'sticking his snout in a trough of his own making' (Daily Mirror, 12 January).

JPMorgan chief executive Jamie Dimon told the Financial Times that Blair would be 'enormously valuable' to the company (9 January), but there was speculation that he would have to relinquish the position if French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 'campaign' to install him as the first president of the EU succeeded (FT, 15 January).

Several writers grumbled about the 'speed with which Blair has moved to cash in on contacts and knowledge gained during his time as Prime Minister' (Sunday Express, 13 January), one dubbing Tony and Cherie Blair 'Beckhams with law degrees' (Guardian, 12 January).

Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.
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