HughE Dillon One-Shot: Tony Blair in Philadelphia

The former prime minister picked up the International Statesman Award.

Former Prime Minster Tony Blair was in Philadelphia on Tuesday night to receive the International Statesman Award from the World Affairs Council. Past recipients include Mikhail Gorbachev, King Hussein of Jordan, Yitzhak Rabin, Bono and Margaret Thatcher. Blair received the award for his continuing efforts to spread peace throughout the world. He said that he wishes he could help broker peace between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins after hearing about the discourse of the two teams in a discussion with Senator John Kerry earlier in the day in Washington D.C. During his speech, he said that “our countries could maintain their position of power” in the world if they continue to have confidence in the message of democracy, including freedom and fairness for all.