Will they never learn? War criminals are not wanted here. George Bush will visit Britain Between June 9 and 16. The last time he was here, in November 2003, it provoked one of the biggest mid-week demonstrations in British history, with up to 300,000 on London's streets. Since then his war of terror has led to the loss of over a million lives and spread from Iraq and Afghanistan to Pakistan, Somalia and Kenya, with ever intensifying threats suggesting Iran is next.
When Condoleezza Rice visited in March 2006, it turned into a public relations disaster, with large demonstrations in Liverpool, Blackburn and everywhere else she went. Only last week the fanatical warmonger John Bolton, formerly Bush's ambassador to the United Nations and vociferous advocate of an immediate attack on Iran, cancelled a planned visit to Bristol for fear of the anti-war demonstration that was
planned to meet him.
I hope Sussex Police will feel able to arrest him should Air Force One choose to land at Gatwick. There is plenty of evidence that he is a war criminal after all, and the police do have powers to arrest those who have committed crimes abroad. Of course I doubt the Government will let them - but after Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's insulting attitude at the Police Federation in Bournemouth today, I shouldn't think the police are feeling very well disposed to the Home Office's views at the moment...
On the other hand, maybe getting Sussex Police to arrest George Bush might just save things for Gordon Brown, and allow him to really lay the ghosts of Tony Blair and the label 'bottler Brown' to rest once and for all.