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Wednesday, December 28, 2005
I just made this - you can read it if you click on it.

I know this isn't topical but seeing this twat pimping himself to politicians again does more than irk me.

I have just heard that Geldof has agreed to become an advisor to the Conservative party. He will be advising them about World Poverty. This is analogous to advising sharks about how to keep fish healthy.

I have posted about ths twat before and I am not the first to say this and I won't be the last..Bob Geldof and Bono can go and f*ck themselves.

His TV company often seems to come up with the contracts for the programmes made about 'Bob going off to see the African Children TM '. These 2 arseholes do far more harm than good by creating the impression that something has been done when it obviously hasn't.

Geldof declared the whole thing a success. War on Want had this to say ...
"[the G8 have] given less than 10% of our demand on debt cancellation and not even a fifth of what we called for on aid. On trade, the G8 has hardened its stance, forcing more countries to open their markets and threatening millions with the misery of poverty. When the moment came to act, the G8 turned their backs on the world's poor."

Jubilee South were even more scathing... "The multilateral debt cancellation being proposed is still clearly tied to compliance with conditionalities which exacerbate poverty, open our countries further for exploitation and plunder, and perpetuate the domination of the South."

Apologies for posting the obvious and I will be back tomorrow with some newer stuff.
posted by michael the tubthumper @ 3:24 pm  
  • At 4:26 pm, Anonymous Mickey Z. said…

    As you know, Michael, I'm with you on this. I'm curious: Do you think Bono, Geldoff, etc. are sincere but misguided/naive or do you think they've grown so cynical as to use such issues to gain prestige?

  • At 4:36 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    i was talking about this with a mate the other day.

    i think they started out trying to do something and then got carried away with the hype and meeting all the leaders etc etc. by that time they were so locked into it all that they couldn't admit failure - especially as famous musician types tend to have rather large ego's.

    so now they just go round the circus of meetings and are pandered to and therefore think they have achieved something.

  • At 2:23 am, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said…

    If it wasn't for the African poverty concerts would anyone know who Geldoff was? He would just be that guy who was in Pink Floyd's movie, at least in the states.

  • At 10:22 pm, Blogger mikevotes said…

    I think he's just jealous of Bono.

    And regarding good works, like the concerts for causes and all, the artists involved get chartered in, driven in limos, stashed in the best hotels, everything paid, and then get to write the cost of their performance off on their taxes for as much as they can get away with.

    Plus the free PR and TV time.

    Some benefit does come from these guys works, but I think that they get alot from it, too.

    It's not exactly anonymous charitable works.


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