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Petition To Remove Sir Tony Blair Knighthood Hurtles Towards 600,000 Signatures

A petition for the removal of former Prime Minister Tony Blair's knighthood continues to gather pace.

More than 563,000 people have now signed the change.org appeal.

Despite the avalanche of objections, the prospect of debate in the House of Commons is likely to be rejected.

This is as a result of petitions about “honours or appointments” not being accepted.

The Labour politician, who was Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007, received the accolade in the recent New Year Honours List.

People took to social media to share their disgust at the decision.

Some of those against the Knighthood...





Those in favour of the honour...

Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, has backed the knighthood, saying the former Prime Minister had "vastly improved our country" and such recognition should be "straightforward."

However, social media posts in favour of the honour or opposed to the petition are thin on the ground...

And of course, Mr Blair himself was delighted to receive the honour:


Ethos of the petition

The petition states:

"Tony Blair caused irreparable damage to both the constitution of the United Kingdom and to the very fabric of the nation's society.

"He was personally responsible for causing the death of countless innocent, civilian lives and servicemen in various conflicts. For this alone he should be held accountable for war crimes.

"Tony Blair is the least deserving person of any public honour, particularly anything awarded by Her Majesty the Queen. 

"We petition the Prime Minister to petition Her Majesty to have this honour removed."


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