Save the Children slammed over humanitarian award to Tony Blair

war criminal for hire for any brutal dictator who has blood on their hands

war criminal for hire for any brutal dictator who has blood on their hands

Did they really think they would get away with it, did Save the Children really think they would get away with a tacky glitzy New York award ceremony to honour Tony Blair for his humanitarian work?

This is a man who has the blood of children on his hands, who profiteers from bloody conflict in the Middle East, who advises brutal murderous dictators, Al Sisi in Egypt, Nursultan Nazarbeyev in Kazakhstan. He also has lucrative consultancy contracts with Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Colombia. And JPMorgan.

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 raises serious questions over his role as Middle East envoy, and his personal vested interests in the region.

Earlier this year, Tony Blair managed to successfully quash a Serious Fraud Office investigation into alleged corruption regarding an arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

There is growing public outrage demanding that Tony Blair be stripped of this award. And that he be indicted as a war criminal. Former ambassadors have demanded he be stripped of his role as Middle East envoy.

There is a petition demanding Tony Blair be stripped of the award. As I write, it is approaching 100,000 signatures. Please sign and spread the word.

Amid widespread criticism on social media, many of the charity’s staff have complained that the presentation of the award has discredited Save the Children. An internal letter, which gathered almost 200 signatures – including senior regional staff – in the first six hours of dissemination, said the award was not only “morally reprehensible, but also endangers our credibility globally”, and called for it to be withdrawn.

It said that staff wished to distance themselves from the award and demanded a review of the charity’s decision-making process.

We consider this award inappropriate and a betrayal to Save the Children’s founding principles and values. Management staff in the region were not communicated with nor consulted about the award and were caught by surprise with this decision.

The award has also raised questions about Save the Children’s integrity and independence because of close links between Tony Blair and senior people at Save the Children.

Its UK chief executive, Justin Forsyth, was a special adviser to Blair for three years, and Jonathan Powell, Blair’s former chief of staff, is currently on the board of Save the Children.

Save the Children was attacked last year when it was learnt Justin Forsyth was paid £163,000 a year, including more than £22,000 in performance-related pay. He has since taken a pay cut to £140,000.

It is the same old story, advisers and politicians, leave politics, nice little earners on the board of quangos and NGOs, the political-media establishment, revolving door, jobs for the boys, you look after my interest, I will look after yours.

Why the deafening media-political silence on this scandal? Because they are all part of the same club, awaiting their turn to get their snouts in the trough, to get onto the merry-go-round, an advisor here, on the board there, a stint in broadcasting.

I will not touch Save the Children with a bargepole.

Whoever bears responsibility at Save the Children should be forced to resign.

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