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Jun. 29th, 2005 @ 12:06 am Thank you!
I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels this way - What do pop stars know about the world?

See somewhat related previous post.

Next thing you know they'll be telling us they're more popular than Jesus. How far do their egos actually go?

Geldof has also become a jet-setting political spokesman for the poor and destitute.

He recently caused controversy in Canada (a G8 nation) when he told Prime Minister Paul Martin not to bother showing up at the G8 meeting in Edinburgh on 6 July unless he was prepared to increase Canada's foreign aid to 0.7% of GDP.

Canadians weren't best pleased with Geldof's "snarling and snapping at big league politicians", as one columnist described it.

"Since when do statesmen bow down to rock stars?", asked Connie Woodcock of the Toronto Sun. "I'm sure Geldof means well, but where does this second-string musician get off telling Paul Martin he doesn't like our foreign aid spending?"
Who does she think she is?
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Date:June 29th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
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That is a great article - it really conveys how I felt, especially about the pressure that Geldof was/is trying to put on Martin. Martin's response was Canada could make an empty promise to commit 0.7% of GDP now, but it would be broken faster than it could be made, or we can actively pursue achieving this target by 2015. Yes, governments are going to change in that time, but I happen to agree that we are more likely to make any substantial contribution if we are not forced in to committing to it all this minute it because it makes good press.
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Date:June 30th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
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(I think its cos we share a brain)
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