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Blair should have turned down knighthood offer

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When Tony Blair was the surprise guest of honour at the Jewish News’ ‘Night of Heroes’ gala pre-Covid, he was greeted by adoring guests as a hero.

The contrasting respect for Blair as a philo-semitic Labour prime minister and what was to follow in the shape of Jeremy Corbyn – as leader of the Labour opposition – could not be greater. Blair had something about him. He has a charm and easy manner, which explains why he was elected three times in a row.

Britain’s honours system, with its gongs for failed politicians, Tory donors and Labour time servers, long has been a source of contention. Rarely a new year starts without a political row over the tax affairs of recipients or some undeserving aspect of their lives. The system survives because of its connection to monarchy and as a means of recognising sports and showbiz icons. It also serves to mark contributions to British life ranging from tireless charity workers and generous givers to unsung heroes.

The outcry........

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