More than 44,000 people have signed a petition to take the knighthood from Tony Blair.
The longest-serving Labor Prime Minister was named to the Queen’s New Year’s Honors List as Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest and highest-ranking British order of knights.
These appointments are offered as gifts from the Queen without direction from the government.
In two tweets from the Tony Blair Foundation, the former Prime Minister said: “It is a great honor to be named Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, and I am deeply grateful to Her Majesty the Queen.
“It was a great privilege to serve as Prime Minister, and I would like to thank everyone who has served by my side in politics, public service and in all parts of our society for their dedication and commitment to our country.”
But less than 24 hours after the announcement, more than 44,000 people have added their names to a growing petition that says it must be rolled back.
Angus Scott who the petition, accused Tony of “irreparable damage to both the United Kingdom’s constitution and the fabric of society in the country”.
He adds: “He was personally responsible for the deaths of innocent civilians and for service in various conflicts. For this alone he should be held accountable for war crimes.
“Tony Blair is the least deserving figure of any public honor, particularly one bestowed on Her Majesty the Queen.
“We request the Prime Minister to ask Her Majesty to remove this honor.”
After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the former prime minister led the country alongside US President George W. Bush into a bloody eight-year conflict in Iraq.
Thousands of people were killed during the Iraq conflict and there is still no stable government.
The Iraq inquiry report of the decisions made to enter the conflict was published in 2016 by Sir John Chilcot.
“Back then, military action was not a last resort.
“We have also come to the conclusion that:
“Judgments on the gravity of the threat posed by Iraqi weapons of mass destruction – weapons of mass destruction – have been presented with an unjustified certainty.
“Despite explicit warnings, the consequences of the invasion were underestimated. The planning and preparations for Iraq after Saddam Hussein were completely inadequate.
“The government has not achieved its stated goals.”
Tony responded by saying he would “make the same decision” to intrude if given similar information.
Tony was Prime Minister from May 2, 1997 to June 27, 2007 when he received an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II after the Labor Party’s landslide victory in the 1997 general election.
Since the second half of the last century five other Prime Ministers have been knighted, including Sir Tony’s predecessor Sir John Major, Sir Edward Heath – in office 1970 to 1974, Sir Alec Douglas-Home – in office 1963 to 1964, Sir Anthony Eden – in Office 1955 to 1957 and Sir Winston Churchill – second time in office from 1951 to 1955.
After serving as Prime Minister, Tony, now 68, became Envoy for the Middle East and started his own nonprofit group, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.