If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

- George Washington

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Pro Bono, Publico

I can't stand middle-aged men who wear sunglasses indoors, or at night. So when a Mr Paul Hewson (otherwise known as Bono, another irritating affectation) does anything that draws my attention, I am already predisposed to think the guy is a tosser.

He's part of a gang, of course. Hewson, and that Gordon Sumner chap (what was his name, Itch, or something) and that other scruffy twat Robert Frederick Geldof. They are all multi-millionaires, and their main purpose in life seems to be to bully ordinary people into giving up their money to fund dictators in the developing world, while seemingly amassing even greater wealth to themselves.

But the latest news from Bonoland is a peach. St Paul has set up an anti-poverty foundation called ONE. This organisation received donations of £9.6m in 2008. And it handed out how much to good causes in that year? £118,000. Yep, that's 1.2%.

And it paid itself £5.1m in salaries. That's 53%. Good to know the priorities are sorted.


  1. Nothing else to say really except that I believe Geldof is despised in Africa. They can back off. We despised him first.

  2. Fair to say it's definitely providing anti-poverty for some people, then. Even if it is only the staff.

    You somehow neglected to mention that they also all annoy ordinary people by regularly producing really shit records.

  3. @Jim - LOL, and spot on.

    @Endo - I can't comment on this. The last time I heard Geldof was when he did "I Don't Like Mondays", and Sting's "Every Breath You Take" wasn't bad. But they were a long time ago. I have never consciously listened to U2, so I can't comment. But I'm sure it's shit, just by looking at the smug face.

  4. Hurrah! Glad to have been directed here.

  5. Why thank you! I'm a regular at yours, as it were.


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