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In justifying the award Forsyth claims it is from the US version of the charity, where Blair allegedly does not have a toxic legacy and damaged reputation. He also adds the award is purely for Blair's work in Africa.
News that Forsyth was a former aide to Blair rubs salt into the wound. How far does Blair's influence and power reach? Are there no real philanthropic independent individuals around these days? The petition garnered a great deal of support and so did our original report. Many people were shocked, angry and more that a man who took the UK to war in Iraq and Afghanistan could even be considered for such an award.
Today's apology is something but most people who oppose the award want it revoked. Until it is the issue will impact negatively on Save the Children and in doing so limit donations to what was once seen as a very worthy charity.
Our original report, with a couple of updates, follows:
Tony Blair brought the UK New Labour and a period of hope. Elected as PM in 1997 the optimistic dream was dashed following the 9/11 terrorists attacks in New York. His fall from grace, popularity or what you will was swift and hard.
These days for many people he is a devilish figure who they believe would sell your soul to the devil for the right price; not his but yours, but who knows. But for some reason he remains popular with organisations [is that because of the links he has to them as in the case of Forsthy?]
His faith foundation work is applauded but the tens of thousands that died in the Iraq war will forever be a stain on Blair's reputation. The latest award Blair is being given is from the Save the Children charity, to recognise Blair's global legacy of saving children.
News of this award has angered many people and one woman has decided to launch a petition asking Save the Children to take back the award.
Miranda, a member of UK campaign group 38 Degrees says:
“For me Tony Blair represents the opposite of saving the children. Like many others in the UK, I was totally against the war with Iraq. Looking back over British foreign policy it is easy to see how many of the present day issues in the region have been caused by our (and other Western countries) selfish interference. Britain under the leadership of Tony Blair blindly followed the USA in its War on Terror. It’s been the cause of an untold number of innocent civilian’s deaths and injuries - including that of countless children. Tony Blair's more recent 'Diplomatic' roles have increased the suffering of millions.”
Not convinced? Well read this from the petition:
Why is this important? "The former prime minister is central to Sir John Chilcot's inquiry into Britain’s controversial and protracted war in Iraq. Earlier this month, it emerged that Blair had signed a multimillion pound contract with a Saudi Arabian oil company in 2010 to broker secret deals on the firm’s behalf with Chinese state officials. The revelation raised serious questions over the former PM’s diplomatic role as Middle East envoy, and his personal vested interests in the region. Earlier this year, Blair managed to successfully quash a Serious Fraud Office investigation into alleged corruption regarding an arms deal with Saudi Arabia."
A Global Research writer puts it this way - "Tony Blair, “Infanticide Endorser” is Rewarded by “Save The Children.”
Friday update: Save the Children boss ‘disappointed’ over Tony Blair award row reports the guardian. Jasmine Whitbread says criticism of US arm’s decision has been painful and there should have been better risk assessment.
114,308 signatures at time of updating.
Yorkshire woman Eileen Kersey is the creator, editor of, and writer at, NEW TEKJournalismUK world news and its associated websites; she has finally come out of the 'writing closet'.
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