Tony Blair’s knighthood has caused me and my wife enormous pain. Since Simon was killed in Iraq, June 24, 2003, we have been fighting to get justice.
The news is an insult to the 179 British soldiers who died as a result of Blair’s decision to drag the country into war in Iraq.
Corporal Simon Miller was my son and a Royal Military Policeman.
When he was 21, he lost his life with five of his 156 Provost Company comrades. They were attacked and killed by an insurgent mob near Majar al-Kabir in southern Iraq.
Si and his compatriots had criminally inadequate equipment, including no ammunition, no flares and outdated radios. They were utterly defeated when they fell under fire.
Blair, I think, knew that our Armed Forces were receiving faulty radios when he became president in 1997.
Blair failed to do anything about it and sent British soldiers into exile. It is a criminal act.
He didn’t do anything about it and sent British soldiers into exile. It is a crime.
The royal court will summon him and he will be knighted. He is to be summoned to the royal court and knighted.
He is far from being a better prime minister.
I found it disgusting to see him act as an older statesman in the Brexit campaign.
He was not even elected any longer by then, yet he appointed himself Project Fear’s ringleader, issuing dire warnings, none of which came to pass.
He tried to persuade the country to stay in the EU with his arrogance.
After the election, he tried to undermine the clear will of his people for years. Much of his behaviour as prime minister was beneath contempt: he appointed his friends, ‘Tony’s Cronies’, to top jobs.
Much of his behaviour as prime minister was beneath contempt: he appointed his friends, ‘Tony’s Cronies’, to top jobs
Our recession was the most severe in nearly 100 years due to his financial recklessness.
His devolution approach was disastrous. His flawed policy approach to devolution was not a solution for the problem of nationalism. It will lead eventually to the collapse of the United Kingdom with Northern Ireland and Scotland secession.
But it’s the wasted lives of our soldiers that is his real legacy.
Blair will never give up his sons and daughters for his wars. He sends other people’s children to die instead.
In my son’s bedroom, there is a scroll signed by the Queen, thanking Si for giving his life for his country.
Today that reads as a slur on my boy’s memory and on all those who gave their lives. Now the scroll will go in a drawer at the bottom. I was once proud of it – but no longer.