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Geldof calls G8 summit 'a farce'
BBC News ^ | June 8, 2007

Posted on 06/08/2007 1:56:54 PM PDT by Cecily

Poverty campaigner Bob Geldof has condemned leaders of the G8 nations for coming up with a deal on Africa which he says is a "farce". He praised Tony Blair, who he said had "gone down all guns blazing" in an effort to get the eight nations to deliver on previous aid commitments.

But he said he also felt sorry for the out-going PM as he had secured "no legacy stuff" in the two-day talks.

And he launched a strongly-worded attack on the other summit leaders.

At a joint press conference with fellow rock star and Live8 organiser, Bono, Mr Geldof said: "When richer nations so flagrantly view pledges as disposable, if they become too inconvenient, their ability to urge the leaders of the poorest countries to stick with difficult changes is much reduced.

"This is seen throughout the world, throughout any shape of politics, where people talk about numbers or the poor, as a nonsense.

"I won't have it spun as anything else, except a farce."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; Government; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: g8summit; geldof
I consider any American politician giving the unelected, non-American Geldof, Bono, or their ilk the time of day with respect to foreign policy or the spending of American taxpayer's money a farce.

Get your unelected, non-American fingers out of my wallet, Sir Bob.

1 posted on 06/08/2007 1:56:54 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Cecily
“I won’t have it spun as anything else ...”

Positively staggering delusions of grandeur.

2 posted on 06/08/2007 2:00:18 PM PDT by dighton
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To: Cecily
I agree. If these limousine liberal types want to give handouts then let them raise the money privately.

Asking government to confiscate hard earned dollars just so they can be pi$$ed away on useless "anti-poverty" programs is immoral.

3 posted on 06/08/2007 2:00:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Cecily

Does Geldof dodge his taxes like Bono?


4 posted on 06/08/2007 2:04:26 PM PDT by JZelle
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To: Cecily

The ‘Dark Continent’ is almost as big a black hole for money as the Department of Education.


5 posted on 06/08/2007 2:04:50 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: Cecily

Earth to Bob: Only Africans can solve Africa’s problems.


6 posted on 06/08/2007 2:05:49 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Cecily

Give Africa nothing until they get new leadership.

Sending anything to these criminals running these countries is a waste. The people who need it see such a small portion that it is only wasteful.


7 posted on 06/08/2007 2:11:47 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I'm gonna vote for Fred. John Bolton for VP.)
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To: sgtbono2002

Bob Geldorf is such a twit. At lease Bono gives credit to the US for contributing.

Hey Bob: NOBODY LIKES A WHINER!


8 posted on 06/08/2007 2:13:41 PM PDT by Tulane
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To: Cecily

Sir Bob is a pompous twit.


9 posted on 06/08/2007 2:18:57 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Cecily
A third of an ounce of copper jacketed lead properly applied will do more to aid Zimbabwe than all the gold in the G-8.
10 posted on 06/08/2007 2:23:20 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Parker v. DC: the best court decision of the year.)
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To: Cecily


A pompous, rich ankle biter is no way to go through life son.
11 posted on 06/08/2007 2:23:26 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Cecily

Geldof’s last gig sold 45 seats out of a 12,000 seat arena in Italy. Quite funny:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1670580/posts


12 posted on 06/08/2007 2:31:46 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Cecily
How can Bob even consider tripe like this when Paris is in jail?


13 posted on 06/08/2007 2:34:29 PM PDT by Screamname (On this date in history; Al Gore invents the Algorithm)
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To: Cecily
>Bob Geldof has condemned leaders of the G8 nations for coming up with a deal on Africa

Perhaps African
leaders can come up with a
solution to our

on-going problems
with Paris Hilton. They help
us, then we'll help them...

14 posted on 06/08/2007 2:37:40 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Cecily

Well said.


15 posted on 06/08/2007 2:39:11 PM PDT by Twink
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To: Screamname

It’s a tragedy, a travesty and .. and .. and .. poor Paris...!


16 posted on 06/08/2007 2:41:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Cecily
As he stood next to Bono, who's been shifting his wealth to the Netherlands to avoid Irish taxes.

Whose the farce, Geldof?

17 posted on 06/08/2007 2:48:15 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Screamname; stylecouncilor

Nic pic of Paris.


18 posted on 06/08/2007 2:55:29 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: Cecily

G8 was for show. The deals were struck at Bilderburger last week.


19 posted on 06/08/2007 2:56:56 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Treaty)
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To: Screamname

20 posted on 06/08/2007 2:58:03 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Lizavetta

How do you like she was planning a party for herself when she went to house arrest? “I`m like free! So like let`s like party! Yaaa!” Just for that the Judge should given her life lol!


21 posted on 06/08/2007 3:35:40 PM PDT by Screamname (On this date in history; Al Gore invents the Algorithm)
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To: Cecily

The limo libs don’t get it. If they really wanted to help they should try free market solutions. A few years ago when the Amazon Rain Forest was the cause of the moment, various do gooders were running around whining.

The Grateful Dead had what I felt was a good approach, they held concerts and used the ticket proceeds and donations to buy pieces of the Rain Forest and deed it trust to the local tribes occupying the land. Good rational free market solution.


22 posted on 06/08/2007 3:42:58 PM PDT by Leto
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To: Screamname

Heroin chic went out with the 60's, silly git.

23 posted on 06/08/2007 3:43:07 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: Leto

I’m not a Dead fan, but I gained a lot of respect for Jerry Garcia, when they supported the Lithuanian Basketball team after they gained their independence from the Soviet Union.


24 posted on 06/08/2007 3:46:18 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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