Blair crony organised Save the Children humanitarian award

Tony Blair Save the Children

Tony Blair Save the Children

SCUS [Save the Children US] simply did not anticipate anything sensitive – in the USA Tony Blair is widely seen very positively for his contribution to international aid. — Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive Save the Children

The scandal involving a humanitarian award to Tony Blair by Save the Children at a tacky celeb infested glitzy award ceremony in New York shows no sigh of abating, if anything it is growing.

Talking to Save the Children staff today, they are incensed at this award to Tony Blair, they regard it as obscene.

Over 500 Save the Children staff have now signed an internal petition calling the award to Blair “morally reprehensible” and demanding it to be rescinded.

An internal team has been formed to try and contain the situation. Yet more waste of money by Save the Children.

A letter sent to employees from the charity’s chief executive, Jasmine Whitbread, says the episode has “touched a nerve close to our sense of identity”, and adds: “We are all frustrated and disappointed at the situation we are in.” She says there should have been better risk assessment.

In other words they still do not get it. They see it as a PR disaster that must be contained, nothing more.

Jasmine Whitbread also admits what many had already suspected it was Blair crony Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children UK, who was responsible for Tony Blair being recipient of a humanitarian award. She also claims she did not know what was going on, until the shit hit the fan.

Over 115,000 people have now signed a petition calling on Save the Children to strip Tony Blair of this undeserved humanitarian award.

The Blair cronies whose hands are dirty, should be fired.

What the award has done, is shone a light on the murky incestuous relationship between Save the Children and Tony Blair, and the revolving door for Blair’s cronies.

Matthew Doyle, wheeled out to defend Tony Blair in a BBC interview, started working with Tony Blair in 2005 when he was appointed as his special comms adviser at Number 10. He was previously press aide to the then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions David Blunkett, and before that he worked at the Labour Party as head of press and broadcasting for the 2005 general election. He then, as did many other Blair aids, went to work for the Office of Tony Blair. In other words like too many of our Members of Parliament, a party apparatchik who has never done an honest day’s work in his life.

Then we look at those associated with Save the Children.

Sir Alan Parker, the chairman of Save the Children UK and PR company Brunswick, a Blair crony. Blair was among the guests at Parker’s wedding in 2008.

Jonathan Powell, Blair’s former chief of staff, is currently on the board of Save the Children.

Save the Children UK chief executive, Justin Forsyth, was a special adviser to Blair for three years. 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.

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One Response to “Blair crony organised Save the Children humanitarian award”

  1. keithpp Says:

    Leaked Save the Children e-mail shows extent of Tony Blair scandal and attempts at containment

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