Sir Tony Blair: 500,000 petitioners calling for annulment of chivalry

Half a million people have signed a petition to have former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s knighthood “revoked.”

ir Tony is appointed by the Queen Knight Companion of the Noblest Order of the Garter, the oldest and oldest British Order of Chivalry.

The Change.org petition, set up three days ago, which aims to strip the former Labor leader of his appointment, reached 500,000 signatures on Monday.

A statement on the website said: ‘Tony Blair has done irreparable damage both to the constitution of the UK and to the very fabric of national society.

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Tony Blair has been appointed Chevalier Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (Paul Treacy / PA)

“He was personally responsible for causing the deaths of countless innocent civilians and servicemen in various conflicts. For that alone, he should be held responsible for war crimes.

“Tony Blair is the least deserving of all public honors, especially anything awarded by Her Majesty The Queen.

“We ask the Prime Minister to ask His Majesty to withdraw this honor. “

Sir Tony, 68, led New Labor to a landslide victory in 1997, winning two subsequent general elections before leaving Westminster a decade later, paving the way for Chancellor Gordon Brown to succeed Prime Minister.

He was prime minister during the Allied military invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The former lawyer became an emissary to the Middle East and started his own non-profit group, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, after leaving politics.

Each year, the Royal Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Garter gather at St George’s Chapel in Windsor for a colorful procession and ceremony.

Crowds watch them descend the hill to the chapel from the state apartments, dressed in blue velvet coats, red velvet hoods, black velvet hats, and white ostrich feathers.

Sir Tony, who left Downing Street more than 14 years ago, is one of three new appointments announced by the palace.

Garter appointments are offered by the Queen and made without the advice of the Prime Minister, and are usually announced on St. George’s Day, April 23, but she can do so at any time and has chosen this one. to coincide with the New Year’s honors.

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