It seems that Tony Blair’s Save The Children ‘Global Legacy’ award was about as popular as the ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ honour which was bestowed upon him at the GQ Man of the Year awards in September.
The outrage over Blair being awared the Global Legacy award came loudest from the charities own staff.
In an internal letter signed by almost 200 members of staff, they branded the award “morally reprehensible” and a “betrayal” and called for it to be withdrawn, reports the Independent
They wrote that they felt it also endangered the charity’s “credibility globally” and demanded an investigation into their decision-making process.
“We consider this award inappropriate and a betrayal to Save the Children’s founding principles and values,” the Guardian quotes it as reading.
“Management staff in the region were not communicated with nor consulted about the award and were caught by surprise with this decision.”
A spokesperson from STC said that in a worldwide organisation of “thousands”, many of their staff harboured “strong views” on a variety of subjects. They added that the charity respects the “diversity of views”.
However, the award also sparked speculation over the charity’s apparent independence, in light of its links to the former British Prime Minister.