Wednesday, July 6, 2005

'You're infuriating' Bono

Bono has just dumped his boyfriend Paul Martin:
Irish rock star and anti-poverty activist Bono Wednesday gave up his fight to persuade Canada to boost foreign aid -- but not before telling Prime Minister Paul Martin he was a pain to deal with.

Bono, like his fellow Irish rock star Bob Geldof, had openly pressed Martin to give a date by which Canada would raise its overseas assistance to 0.7 percent of Gross Domestic Product.

Martin refuses, saying it could be too expensive, and stuck to his guns during a meeting with Bono on the margins of a Group of Eight summit in Scotland. Bono reluctantly admitted he could not force Martin to change his mind.

"He's very difficult to deal with because he won't agree to things that he doesn't believe he can deliver, although that is very frustrating and annoying and infuriating," Bono told reporters while standing next to Martin.
Time to loosen that white armband Bono - vital oxygen is clearly not getting to your brain. I wonder how Bonehead would feel if his fans promised to pay for the ticket after the event, although at the time of the commitment, they felt it was highly doubtful they'd be able to cough up the cash. Would he find that very frustrating and annoying and infuriating? I'd think he would, as Bono and his band fought to get their pants back:
U2 frontman Bono found what he was looking for on Tuesday after the Irish rock group won a legal battle to recover items of memorabilia, including a pair of his trousers, from a former stylist with the band.

In a case which prompted bemusement in the Irish press, U2 – whose leader is prominent in a worldwide campaign against poverty –sued Lola Cashman for the return of mementos she said she had been given when she worked with them in the 1980s.

Dublin's circuit civil court ordered Cashman to return the items – which included a Stetson hat, a pair of black trousers, and earrings Bono had worn during the band's 1987 Joshua Tree tour – within seven days.Cashman recently published an unauthorised biography of the band.

He described as ''unlikely'' Cashman's claim that the items were gifts, and accepted there was a strict protocol in relation to the archiving of the band's working wardrobe.

Bono told the court in his testimony last week he would not have given Cashman the items, which he said had iconic status.

''It would be like The Edge giving one of his guitars away -- it is not something that will happen,'' he said.

[..] During the hearing Bono denied the band had taken the action because Cashman's book had upset them. The book included claims the U2 singer was obsessed by his weight and height.
Let us stop for a minute and consider why all these entertainers are to be taken seriously on political and moral issues. The politicans do not necessarily speak more coherently, but at least they can say the herd consented to their looting at the ballot box. What of Bono and other such hypocritical elite? These days, concert attendance somehow gets you a meeting with Bush and Blair:
Violent protesters and two aging Irish rock stars who won't take no for an answer stole the spotlight from Prime Minister Paul Martin and the world's most powerful men at the big G8 Summit.

Bono, frontman of the mega-group U2, and activist-musician Bob Geldof upstaged the politicians Tuesday on the first day of the meeting with their high-profile calls for a huge increase in aid to the Third World.

Camera crews and G8 leaders alike were falling over one another to get access to the pair inside the heavily guarded compound at the luxury Gleneagles resort north of Edinburgh.

Geldof and Bono had a private meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush, a privilege even Martin and most of the other leaders won't enjoy.

The two, along with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, want the Group of Eight - Canada, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia - to collectively double African aid to $50 billion US and boost foreign aid to 0.7 per cent of GDP.

Bono and Geldof held a news conference with Blair and urged him to keep pushing his fellow leaders "to the last second" to agree to the initiative.

"If you do it, and you don't blink, then you will have our unwavering and undying support," Geldof said.

...with other people's money...

...til there is no more.

Then everyone's poor.

Sanity is lonely.

jomama - to herd or not to herd


Pietr said...

Yes. By the way, U2 has to be the most overrated band in the history of 'pop'(not rock).They are worse than Oasis, but since they are part of the Emerald Tiger,everybody has to wuv them and wuv them.

Meaghan Champion said...

Hey... I actually was pretty pleased with Martin for refusing to sign or give some kind of blank-cheque to Bono and the We-Are-The-Worlders Redux crew.

Liberals behaving fiscaly responsible with other people's money. *shakes head*. What is this world coming to?

Ah well.. at least this saves us the sad spectacle of the CPC jumping up and down on the "Me Too" parade, over foreign aid.

Pietr said...

Just a thought;what is so unthinkable about the 'Edge'(snarf)giving away one of his guitars?
They spend all their time browbeating others about giving away other's property,but when it comes to their own property their propriety is positively that of a Victorian maiden aunt.