Op-Ed: This week Tony Blair hits the headlines again with news that his former private secretary has been appointed ambassador to Israel. David Quarrey who served as Tony Blair’s private secretary from 2004 to 2006 has been appointed to the role causing yet another controversy.
"Quarry worked as a private assistant to Tony Blair during the ex-Labour chief’s decade-long premiership. He subsequently became head of the Foreign Office’s Middle East and North Africa department" reports Russia Today.
Blair's critics widely view his foreign policy when in office as part of the reason for the Middle East's current problems.
It is ironic, or even obscene, that he was appointed UN Middle East peace envoy. As a politician who helped wreck Iraq and destabilise the region is he the man-for-the-job of bringing peace to the region?
Many have questioned Blair's independence or lack of it with regard to Israel.
David Quarrey's appointment as ambassador to Israel has a nasty smell to it.
The Jerusalem Post reports Quarrey said he was delighted with his appointment. “It is a great privilege to have this opportunity to deepen our already thriving economic, science and technology ties with Israel, cooperate against shared security threats and work for progress towards peace.”
But what about his links to Blair?
Once one of the most popular Prime Ministers of the UK Tony Blair is now a marked man. In 2014 one controversy after another dogged Mr Blair who these days is the UN's Middle East peace envoy.
He was named "philanthropist of the year" by GQ magazine which caused uproar but there was worse. He was given a save the children award which led to an online petition to have that award removed. As Gaza burned during the summer hostilities between that country and Israel Dear Tony returned to the UK for an early birthday bash for wife Cheri. He was starting to be viewed as a Middle East liability not a peace envoy.
His reputation will be forever tarnished by the Iraq war which ultimately solved few of that country's problems apart for removing Saddam Hussein from office. During that conflict tens of thousands of civilians and thousands of troops died.
A trial is underway in the UK of a man accused of posing a threat to Mr Blair and his family. Part of that trial if not all of it is being held in secret but why?
The final nail in Blair's reputation could be the publication of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war but pundits expect that to be a whitewash.