It’s an insult to my son who died for Tony Blair’s Iraq folly: JOHN MILLER, father of a military police officer, says former Prime Minister does not deserve knighthood
Tony Blair’s knighthood has caused me and my wife enormous pain. We have been fighting for justice for our son Simon since he was murdered in Iraq on June 24, 2003.
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.
My son, Corporal Simon Miller, was a Royal Military Policeman.
He was 21 years old when he died with five comrades from 156 Provost Company after they were surrounded by an insurgent mob at a station in Majar al-Kabir, southern Iraq.
Si and his comrades were criminally under-equipped, with barely any ammunition, no flares, no morphine and obsolete radios. When they came under attack, they never stood a chance.
I believe that Blair knew when he came to power in 1997 that our armed forces were being issued with faulty radios.
Blair did nothing to rectify this and he sent British soldiers to die. That is nothing short of criminal
He did nothing to rectify this and he sent British soldiers to die. That is nothing short of criminal.
Now he is to be summoned to the royal court and knighted. In my view, the only court he deserves is an international one: the dock at a war-crimes trial.
His domestic record as prime minister is scarcely any better.
During the Brexit campaign, it repulsed me to see him acting as some kind of elder statesman.
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.
His arrogance, as he tried to compel the country to remain in the EU, was staggering.
After the vote, he spent years trying to undermine the clearly expressed will of the people. 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
His financial profligacy set us on course for the worst recession in almost 100 years.
His approach to devolution was a disaster. Far from ending the scourge of nationalism, his flawed policies will likely lead one day to the disintegration of the United Kingdom, with the breakaway of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
But it’s the wasted lives of our soldiers that is his real legacy.
Blair would never sacrifice his own sons or daughters in 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. The scroll will now go in the bottom of a drawer. I was once proud of it – but no longer.