A British millionaire who has reportedly hired outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife, Cherie, to fight the New Labour Government's ban on smoking, described Tony Blair as an 'a***hole' on peak-time radio on Sunday.
Sixty-three-year-old Dave West, a lapdance boss, resorted to the use of unparliamentary language after claiming that human rights lawyer Cherie Blair, 52, thought his club should be exempted from new cigarette laws.
Interviewed onj BBC Radio Five, West was quoted by The Sun a saying that Tony Blair was an a***hole for introducing the smoking ban.
When Nicky Campbell, the show's host, said that there was no need for West to use such language, the latter said that he simply could not care less.
'I don't care, I don't care. What her husband is, is one thing. She has a right to her own opinion,' West said.
West told listeners Cherie had visited his London club Hey Jo - which has taps shaped like manhoods - and was 'over the moon' about it.
She is thought to be charging 3,500 pounds to advise him on his claim that the July 1 public smoking ban should not apply to his private clubs because they are an 'extension' of his home.
QC Cherie - who forced hubby Tony to quit cigs before she wed - said yesterday: 'I think everyone well knows my views on smoking.
'But I keep to the rules of my profession.'
She got the case by chance as it was the next available at her chambers.