Author George Monbiot (original inspiration for the term "moonbat") has declared that this coming Wednesday, after former UN Ambassador John Bolton speaks, that he plans to arrest the American for "war crimes."
After running through a jawdropping series of falsehoods, exaggerations, and ignorant comments about Bolton's career, Moonbat then issues his challenge:
Moonbat's barely concealed call for an assault of some kind on Bolton won't get him into trouble if only because he won't be in the thick of any scrum between the bobbies and the citizens who try to carry out his wacky scheme. He will be too busy composing a column bragging how close he came to bringing Bolton to justice.
Only when those who help to launch illegal wars fear punishment will future governments desist from launching them. As citizens I believe we have a duty to try to deter future war crimes. So I propose that we allow John Bolton to speak here, and then carry out a citizen's arrest.
Section 24A of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 permits any citizen to "arrest without a warrant ... anyone whom he has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be guilty" of an offence.
I do not want to advocate something I am not prepared to do myself. I was planning to stay at home on Wednesday, but I now intend to come back, listen to Mr Bolton speak, and then carry out this arrest. I hope that others at Hay might join me.