Breakfast With Tony Blair

March 16, 2007


This morning I had a very special business breakfast with the members of the Scottish and the Edinburgh Chamber Commerce.


Special because the Prime Minister, Tony Blair was the guest speak for 45 minutes or so.

Whatever your feelings about Mr Blair or the Labour government I must say it was a great pleasure to listen to the Prime Minister. He came across very well, taking any negative comments or jokes at his expense very well. One member of the Chamber joking addressed him as Mr President to which Tony Blair laughed at.


A couple of things Tony talked about…

  • China and India – We must realise that these countries are now looking at providing more technical and high level services. If as a country and particular businesses we think that these emerging super powers will only provide cheap manufacturing (White Goods) then we are in for very big shock in the next 10 to 20 years. That Scotland and the UK can’t afford not to keep investing in education to make sure we stay a head in the higher end of the business sector
  • How Scotland and the England are better off staying together. Tony mentioned again about the importance of the emerging super powers, that dividing the us will only weaken us in the global market.
  • Pensions and Welfare to Work – How it is important more than ever that people are working and not claiming benefits.
  • He felt Britain should focus on being one of the market leaders in bio/medical technology along with renewable power sources.

Not the best quality video, but I did only take this on my mobile from 50 yards away.

I lied I think Tony had breakfast next door to us!

Full size pictures at

I’m writing this blog post an hour or so after the event. Can I find any close up pictures of Tony Blair or news articles from the big boys (Scotsman, Daily Record etc) online, nope! Another reason why your business should have a blog! Be the first to break news, okay think I’ve had to many coffee’s.


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Author: Support @ 11:39 am
Category: Events


  1. Scotsman

    Comment by Terinea — March 16, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

  2. It’s a shame the Prime Minister will be remembered for Iraq and not his much greater achievements for public service’s and businesses. Whilst many Briton’s can’t wait to see him go, trust me, we will all miss him when he’s gone, especially if you’re in business.

    Comment by John Reynolds — March 17, 2007 @ 9:22 pm

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