More than 100,000 Britons demanded Tony Blair be stripped of knighthood

More than 100 thousand residents of Great Britain signed a petition demanding to deprive former Prime Minister Tony Blair of the highest chivalric order of the United Kingdom – the Order of the Garter. The petition is posted on the change.org website.

As of the morning of January 2, the document was signed by over 108 thousand people.

The petition notes that Blair has caused “irreparable damage to the country’s constitution” and “the very fabric of the nation’s society.”

“He is personally responsible for the deaths of vast numbers of innocent civilians and his involvement in various conflicts. For that alone he should be held accountable for war crimes. Tony Blair is the man least deserving of any state award,” the piece reads.

The author of the appeal, a user under the nickname Angus Scott urges the head of the Cabinet of Ministers, Boris Johnson to ask Queen Elizabeth II to deprive Blair of the title of knight.

Blair led the British government from 1997 to 2007, during which time Britain took part in the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

On December 31, Tony Blair, tennis player Emma Raducanu, actor Daniel Craig and doctors fighting the coronavirus pandemic were among those awarded the United Kingdom’s most honorary titles and decorations.

On the same day Elizabeth II bestowed the highest title on the wife of her son Prince Charles, Camilla Parker-Bowles. The very fact that the Duchess of Cornwall was made a Dame of the Order of the Garter is a hint that she is closer to the title of Queen than Princess Consort. Not even Princess Diana was so honored.