Why Tony Blair Should Never Get The Knighthood

Adebayo Adeniran
3 min readJan 8, 2022

The people have made their voices heard

There’s a wind of change blowing through Britain, these days.

And no, I am not referring to the business of Brexit, with its interminable bureaucracy, which has given rise to empty supermarket shelves, higher electricity bills, higher taxes and all round crap quality of life.

I am referring to the anger of the people at the brazen corruption and amorality of the British political players. This feeling was powerfully expressed when the Conservatives were routed at the recently held by-election in North Shropshire.

This anger has also found great expression at the news that former Prime Minister — Tony Blair — is to be knighted by her majesty and would be included in the rarest of clubs in British establishment — the order of the Garter.

The thought of Sir Anthony Charles Lynton Blair was enough to have people choking on their morning cereal and it spurred a petition to have his Knighthood rescinded.

Thus far, it has garnered well over a million signatures and this speaks volumes.

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Make no mistakes about it, this is truly extraordinary.

Tony Blair is the most successful leader that the Labour party has ever produced; he was in the words of a highly prominent Tory, “ a one man Conservative party wrecking machine”. When you think of civil partnerships between gay couples, the devolution of Scotland and Wales, the removal of a number of hereditary peers, the winning of the London 2012 Olympics bid and the notion of cool multi-cultural Britannia, this was all Tony Blair.

And yet, he is hated and reviled by great numbers of people in and around the country.

Why?

The second gulf war.

The decision to go ahead to invade Iraq, knowing fully well that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction.

The decision to disregard the legal advice of the attorney-general, who had warned of the illegality of invasion,

The decision to ignore the wishes of the British people, who partook in the largest public protest that this country has ever seen on a bitterly cold morning on the 15th of…

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible