1m signature on plea to remove Blair of Knighthood

Sat, 2022-01-08 00:23

LONDON: An online petition calling for the removal of the recently conferred knighthood of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has garnered one million signatures.

Blair, a divisive and controversial figure in Britain, was last week awarded the Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the most senior order of knighthood. The decision was met with both criticism and support from across the political spectrum.

Labor MP Richard Bergen tweeted: “It says a lot about what’s wrong with our system, when Tony Blair is awarded a knighthood, after being one of the leading architects of the Iraq War, while Julian Assange, who disclosed war crimes in Iraq, faces extradition to the US and life in prison.”

Labor leader Keir Starmer highlighted Blair’s achievements, including implementing a national minimum wage and securing the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.

Starmer said: “I understand that there are strong views on the Iraq War. Back then there were and still are, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that Tony Blair was a very successful prime minister of this country and in this country. There has been a huge change in the lives of millions of people.

Rose Gentle, the mother of a 19-year-old soldier killed in the Iraqi city of Basra in 2004, told the Daily Record that she had written to the committee responsible for honoring Blair’s appointment to “seeking clarification”. ,

The person behind the petition, Angus Scott, said on Change.org: “Tony Blair has done irreparable damage to the UK Constitution and the fabric of the country’s society.

“He was personally responsible for countless innocent, civilian lives and deaths of soldiers in various conflicts. For this he must be held accountable for war crimes.”

On Thursday, Scott thanked those who signed the petition on behalf of “the families of soldiers killed in both Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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