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bonovertigoPA.jpgI was reading that "Ireland’s historic experience of famine has inspired the country to help tackle global poverty" according to U2 frontman Bono.  The "rock legend" is part of the Government’s Hunger Task Force, which was set up last year and met for the second time this afternoon in University College Cork (UCC). It was established to examine how Ireland can help combat world hunger, particularly in Africa. (A trifle ambitious, perhaps?)

Anyway Bono reckons that Irish people around the world understood the need to eradicate hunger and poverty because of the country’s famine experience. "All the Irish around the world know and feel the poetry in this idea, with Irish history rhyming to eradicate hunger," he said. "Ireland deserves real credit for setting course for 0.7 (of Gross National Product (GDP) for Overseas Development Aid), and can leverage this moral leadership to spearhead global efforts on areas of deep concern for us as a nation."

Sorry Bono – but you are profoundly wrong. Like many others on the political left who like to drag their ever-so-refined consciences through the media, he fails to appreciate that the only way for Africa and other parts of the world afflicted by poverty can crawl out of the mire is for democracy to be established, property rights secured and capitalism unleashed. Naturally the thugs that dominate in many of these African nations will happily take the money Bono pushes their way whilst ensuring that there is no progress of any kind. Ireland would do better to keep its’ 0.7% of GDP and stop indulging liberal fantasies.

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22 thoughts on “SAINT BONO AND HIS POVERTY OF IDEAS…

  1. he fails to appreciate that the only way for Africa and other parts of the world afflicted by poverty can crawl out of the mire is for democracy to be established, property rights secured and capitalism unleashed.

    Tragically, Africa has more chance of obtaining all this from China than it does from the West. Western aid has been a deliberate poverty enabler the world over, thanks to institutions such as the World Bank and the IMF.

  2. Bono and his mates are rather well-off and have acquired a disproportionate share of the wealth of whichever nation their personal jets have taken them to at any given moment. If they really, REALLY wanted to end the poverty in Africa, then they could do so. The fact that they (Bono, Sting, Radiohead et al) have not done so says all that need be said.

    Africa cannot be lifted out of poverty. It would require a re-drawing of the map to construct real nations and not those brought into being during the colonial scramble. Then there’s the matter of the capacity of Africans …..?

  3. I agree with David, that the real solution to Africa’s problems lies in good governance within Africa’s states.
    There was an article in the New York Times recently about numerous states where improvements in governance were seeing a raise in the GDPs and a real reduction in the poverty levels.
    Nonetheless, these countries need our help. A good place to start would be with trade distortion policies of the US, EU and Japan, whose agricultural policies ( for example cotton), are seriously affecting the ability of poorer countries to have profitable crops. While bodies such as the IMF and WTO have done some good work in these areas, there is an awful lot more to do.

  4. Pinky,

    Sorry but I entirely agree with you!! We need to stop the trade distortion polices you rightly highlight, though I fear too much self interest may prevent this.

  5. ‘Sorry but I entirely agree with you!! We need to stop the trade distortion polices you rightly highlight, though I fear too much self interest may prevent this’

    No need to be sorry, I’ll make a wee ‘leftie capitalist’ out of you yet!

    Self-interest is the key!

  6. Another dirty secret is that many African nations did better under British colonial rule. GDP’s of most of these countries have fallen since independence, with Rhodesia-zimbabewe of course being the worst.

  7. Charles.
    They ALL did better under colonial rule whether it was under French, Belgium, Portuguese, (not German) or English rule.

  8. Agree with the uncomfortable (for some) absolute truth that Africa was far, far better off under colonial rule.

    African progressives should curse the legacy of Nkrumah and the rest of the anticolonial leaders who won the anticolonial battles but lost the war to feed the people and develop the nations.

    Even "white minority rule" is starting to look awfully good, especially as regards Zimbabwe/Rhodesia. Ian Smith is an absolute prince among men as compared to Mugabe. And under whose rule did the average black citizen fare better?


    Have zero tolerance for Bono. When he starts paying his taxes, I’ll start listening to his preaching.

  9. Tripper believes the chi-coms will free the people of Africa…LOL

    troll, i didnt say it was a good thing. even though on relative terms it may be somwhat better for the people. chinese loans come with no economic strings, such as SAPs.

    china is also barely communist. its more an authoritarian capitalist state these days. infact its a modern model. western economists created it.

  10. Is it not ironic that the people who maintain that black people are better off under British rule are the first to whinge when black people arrive in Britain to be ruled.

  11. Rather it is ironic the black Africans whose grandparents maintained that British rule was intolerable are coming in vast numbers to live under British rule ( and French, and German, and Italian, etc )

    Lift all border controls, and you’d have many millions arriving every year.

    So if European rule is so desirable, why not re-establish the old colonial structures and cut out the middle man. It could be the best of all possible worlds. They can live at home while still enjoying the fruits of Western life.

    Put it to a vote!

  12. >>it is ironic the black Africans whose grandparents maintained that British rule was intolerable are coming in vast numbers to live under British rule<<

    Phantom, it’s no more ironic than say, the fact that many people who continue to live in Britain complain of the weather there.

  13. ”Is it not ironic that the people who maintain that black people are better off under British rule are the first to whinge when black people arrive in Britain to be ruled.”

    Thats because it is former immigrant communities that are feeling the brunt of immigration now. When services are hit it is generally the low paid ethnic workers and communities who feel the squeeze most.

  14. ” Even "white minority rule" is starting to look awfully good,”

    Anything is better than what they’ve got.

  15. Never understood that one. I like the weather there.

    as bill hicks (pbuh) once said at least the british have weather.

  16. According to Bono:

    Ireland deserves real credit for setting course for 0.7 (of Gross National Product (GDP) for Overseas Development Aid), and can leverage this moral leadership to spearhead global efforts on areas of deep concern for us as a nation.

    That 0.7% would, of course, be a little larger had Bono not decamped away from Ireland in order to save himself from the taxman.

  17. Pete

    This simply drives me crazy. Why does anyone, especially in Ireland, listen to this phony? Every press conference should begin with "How come you don’t pay your taxes?"

    Or, if he chooses to stay within his legal rights by taking full advantage of the tax code, he should have the personal decency to shut the hell up as respects how the take from those who do pay taxes are spent.

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