George Monbiot attempts to terrify his TED audience into loving nuclear power at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. June 12-15, 2013. Photo: TED Conference / James Duncan Davidson via Flickr.com.
'Arrest Monbiot' for 'nuclear crimes' - £100 reward
26th April 2014
Marking 'Chernobyl day' 2014, a website is launched that calls for the arrest of writer George Monbiot for 'Nuclear Crimes against Humanity and the Environment'.
Invite Mr Monbiot to accompany you to the nearest police station to answer the charge. If there are police officers present explain the charge to them and encourage them to arrest Mr Monbiot.
The new website offers a £100 reward to people attempting a peaceful citizen's arrest of the self professed "professional trouble-maker" George Monbiot for "crimes against humanity and the environment".
Monbiot was selected for this dubious honour as a result of his high profile but paradoxical conversion to the virtues of nuclear power, triggered by the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.
It also reflects Monbiot's own campaign to arrest Tony Blair for his ignominious role in going to war against Iraq. Five people have already won sums of several thousand pounds for attempting to arrest Blair and over £7,000 remains in the 'pot'.
Certificates will be awarded
However anyone attempting to arrest Monbiot will not receive the money themselves. The £100 will instead be donated to Radiation Monitoring in Cumbria (RADMIC) an independent community initiative to monitor and assess the effect of the nuclear industry.
There is no independent monitoring in the North West following the disbanding of Lancashire County Council's Radiation Monitoring in Lancashire - despite the proximity of the Sellafield nuclear plant.
Anyone attempting an arrest which meets the rule will be presented with a bespoke Certificate honouring their actions.
'Vicious and extreme'
The aim of the website is to "encourage repeated attempts to arrest George Monbiot" and so "remind people that nuclear power is the most vicious and extreme way of boiling a kettle", and to "discourage others from repeating this crime of promoting nuclear as a benign 'solution'."
But it warns would be 'nuclear sheriffs' to carry out any arrest "peacefully and respectfully". It suggests "laying a gentle hand on George Monbiot's shoulder or elbow, so that he cannot complain of being hurt or trapped."
"Once you have his attention say clearly that you are making a Citizens Arrest on Nuclear Crimes Against Humanity and that you are doing this on behalf of victims of Sellafield, Chernobyl and Fukushima and to prevent more nuclear victims.
"Invite Mr Monbiot to accompany you to the nearest police station to answer the charge. If there are police officers present explain the charge to them and encourage them to arrest Mr Monbiot."
Pie in the sky
"You are not likely to get much further than that and Mr Monbiot will use the nuclear marketing ploy words of pie in the sky: thorium, prism and fusion to try to baffle and silence you."
Nuclear sheriffs must also ensure that any attempt at arrest is reported in at least one mainstream media outlet in a bulletin, programme or article, and the reward must be claimed within 28 days of the attempt. Where qualifying attempts by multiple sheriffs, each will receive a Certificate.
The site does not clearly state who is sponsoring the rewards however a link leads to Radiation Free Lakeland, formed in December 2008 by artist Marianne Birkby. The group was formed to oppose the siting of a nuclear dump in the Lake District.
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