Bono: hero or hypocrite?

Crikey readers talk DFAT, Bono, and why the S&P is rating Australia, anyway.

Bono on poverty

Greg Williams writes: Re “Memo to Bono and TED fans: look closer to home for poverty” (yesterday). Further to the general thrust of the article highlighting Bono’s wealth as a speaker on world poverty, let us not forget his hypocrisy, with his band (U2 — purportedly the highest-grossing band worldwide for 2010, and almost certainly still up there somewhere in the subsequent two years) and the furore when the band “moved” its music and publishing business from Ireland to the Netherlands for tax purposes in 1996. This at a time when Ireland was “doing it tough” indeed. Google “Bono tax”, and of the first 10 predictive options, five come up as  “Bono tax avoidance”, “Bono tax evasion”, “Bono tax dodger”, “Bono tax cheat”, “Bono tax evader”. In fact, Google says it all:  just Google “Bono hypocrite” and you are greeted with an overwhelming array of predictive options.

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2 thoughts on “Bono: hero or hypocrite?

  1. zut alors

    @ Dave Lennon, I agree wholeheartedly. The US Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 tweaked the system a little but the same shifty characters are still running the main game.

    Why bother listening to 99% of finance ‘experts’ – that’s the same percentage who failed to see the 2007 collapse careening towards them.

  2. Sailor

    Dave Lennon & Zut Alors say it all.

    Why is anyone still listening to these proven frauds????!!!!!

    Also, don’t forget Moody’s role in this cretinous greed-driven deceit. Of the same stripe as the truth-tellers about “Weapons of Mass Destruction” and “Bringing Democracy to the Middle East”, “Replacing Bad People”, as a sample.


    And similarly unpunished.

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