Mr Blair is among the favourites to become the first President of the European Union, a role that will restore him to the world stage and boost his long-term income.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has thrown his weight behind a Blair bid. When French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner was asked yesterday if Mr Blair was the only real candidate, he said: "For the moment, indeed". The former premier has refused to rule himself in or out of the running, but said that "it is good to have fans" for a possible candidacy.
Behind the scenes, allies say that while he is not pushing himself forward, discreet soundings have shown him to be the leading contender.
The President will be selected by leaders of the EU's 27 nations, rather than face direct election by voters.Bogtrotters. If you vote YES tomorrow, you will be Blair's bitches.