Michael Gove joins support for Tony Blair’s chivalry after a petition against it tops a million


Tony Blair has received an unlikely endorsement from the Minister Michael Gove, who said that the former Labor Prime Minister was right in receiving a chivalry from the Queen in New Year’s honor roll.

Gove, the housing minister, praised Sir Tony as “an excellent statesman” and praised him for putting “public service first”.

He made the remarks regarding Sky News after being asked about one petition calling for the removal of Sir Tony’s chivalry, which collected more than a million signatures.

The petition mentions his role in the Iraq war and calls the former Labor prime minister the “least deserving person” to win an honor.

Mr. Gove tried to defend Mr Blair, saying such a job would likely attract critics.

“While Tony Blair is a prime minister whose record, like any prime minister who has been in power for 10 years, has a record that shares,” he said.

Tony Blair has been accused of being the ‘least deserving person of any public honor’ (Photo: TOLGA AKMEN / Getty)

“I think we should all acknowledge that he served this country, he continues to serve this country, and I do not think it is possible for anyone to be in such a position without attracting controversy and without inviting opposition. . ”

He added: “I think any righteous person would say he is an excellent statesman and performer, and as Prime Minister who puts public service first, this recognition from Her Majesty is entirely appropriate.”

Mr. Gove acknowledged that he did not support Sir Tony’s entire record, but when asked to name some of the policies he opposed, the Tory minister refused, citing several of his exploits instead.

“I think it’s more important to highlight the positive in someone’s record,” he said. “So I would say that the establishment of academic schools and more choices in education was a good thing.

“I also think it was ok that the approach he took was determined to crack down on crime and antisocial behavior, even though it was not always delivered effectively, was right.

“And I also think his recognition of the importance of a country like Britain being on the side of freedom internationally was also right.”

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In the week since Sir Tony’s knighthood was announced, a petition to block the price has received widespread support.

So far, over 1 million people (1,072,551 as of 8am) have signed, and the petition aims to reach 1.5 million supporters.

Actor and presenter Angus Scott, who posted the petition on change.org, accused Sir Tony of having “caused irreparable damage to both the United Kingdom Constitution and the very structure of the nation’s society” while in office.

“He was personally responsible for causing the deaths of countless innocent civilians and soldiers in various conflicts. For this alone he should be held accountable for war crimes,” the petition adds.

“Tony Blair is the least deserving person of any public honor, especially something bestowed on Her Majesty the Queen.”

A Downing Street spokesman pointed out that every prime minister before Sir Tony had received the same honor.

He added, however, that such appointments were a matter for the Queen and that the government was not involved.

Of the four other surviving former prime ministers, only Sir John Major has received a knight-level honor, which Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May have yet to miss.

All three headed the country after Sir Tony left office.

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