Tony Blair holidays on at the Landfall Villas, Sandy Lane, Barbados (maybe).
We seem to have forgotten the row over his last holiday because with a lot of arm twisting he has enforced a press blackout for this holiday. Of course it was noted at the funeral of the Ginger Whinger - (a man of such deep "Honesty and Principle" that as a devout atheist they thought it appropriate to grant him a religious service). And the reason that Fleet Street has been arselickingly compliant - "security".
"The secrecy is certainly a sign of angst over security, said Glover, the columnist, in an interview. "But it is also convenient for Blair," he said. "Every year when his holiday plans are disclosed there is a certain amount of fun had at his expense because he is not a very rich man but he has rich tastes." In the past, Blair has stayed at the villas and on the yachts of millionaires from the Caribbean to Italy to Egypt, and much has been made about how he always seems to have a "freebie" vacation that would cost common folk tens of thousands of dollars."
Of course the more holidays they take the less damage they do so I wish he would continue for a few more months, or years but his paranoia reflects badly on him compared to former PMs and the Royal Family. How well a previous Elizabeth put it when she was in real danger:
My loving people,
We have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit our selves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. Let tyrants fear, I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good-will of my subjects; and therefore I am come amongst you, as you see, at this time, not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live and die amongst you all; to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust. I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm; to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field. I know already, for your forwardness you have deserved rewards and crowns; and We do assure you in the word of a prince, they shall be duly paid you. In the mean time, my lieutenant general shall be in my stead, than whom never prince commanded a more noble or worthy subject; not doubting but by your obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and your valour in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over those enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people.
ELIZABETH'S SPEECH AT TILBURY, 1588