U2 Bono Mr Holier than thou hit by 'tax dodge' protest at Glastonbury
U2 and its frontman Bono were accused of dodging taxes in Ireland by activists who crashed their performance on Friday at England's Glastonbury festival.
The anti-capitalist group Art Uncut inflated a 20-foot (6-meter) balloon emblazoned with the message "U Pay Your Tax 2." Security guards wrestled them to the ground before deflating the balloon and taking it away. Over 30 people were involved in the angry pay your taxes Bono clash.
Bono fan Gary Noble, 45, said he found the security response "all a bit shocking
"I love U2 but I think everyone should pay their taxes. The campaigners have a right to voice their opinion," he said.
Art Uncut argues that while Bono campaigns against poverty in the developing world, his group has avoided paying Irish taxes at a time when his austerity-hit country desperately needs money.
Two faced Bono is typical of many old has beans and other rock and pop singers like Cliff Richard another tax hopper
Ireland in the euro, which has already accepted an international bailout with over £80 billion coming out of English taxes, is suffering through deep spending cuts, tax hikes and rising unemployment as it tries to pull the debt-burdened economy back from brink of its euro bankruptcy.
"Taxes nestling in the band's bank account should be helping to keep open the hospitals, schools and libraries that are closing all over Ireland," Art Uncut member Charlie Dewar said ahead of the protest.
U2, the country's most successful band, was heavily criticized in 2006 for moving its corporate base from Ireland to the Netherlands, where royalties on music incur virtually no tax.
Bono, guitarist The Edge and U2's other member’s bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen are among the country's wealthiest residents. Forbes magazine has estimated the band earned £165 million ($195m) last year, mostly through its hugely profitable "360 Degrees" world tour.
It's not known how much personal income tax the band members pay in Ireland.
During the years when Ireland was a booming "Celtic Tiger" economy, the members of U2 invested in a wide range of Dublin properties, including a luxury riverside hotel and a planned Norman Foster-designed skyscraper on the River Liffey. Plans for the "U2 Tower" were shelved when property prices collapsed in 2008.
U2 headlining the first night of the three-day Glastonbury festival, its first appearance at England’s most prestigious summer music event. The band was due to perform last year but had to pull out after Bono injured his back.
About 170,000 people have descended on a farm in southwest England for the extravaganza, which includes sets by Morrissey, Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, Beyoncé and scores of other acts.
Has normal the good old fashioned English rubber willies are the fashion item of choice after heavy rain turned the 900-acre (364-hectare) site into a mud bath. More rain is forecast for later in the weekend.
The Archbishop of England’s free reformed church Sir Michael Black-Feather
English first minister said; Understanding poverty and where it will lead a country if left unchallenged is much more complex than identifying relative income. “Poverty, as the poor themselves see it, goes far beyond low income, encompassing also a lack of access to health and education, as well as vulnerability, voice-lessness, and power-lessness” people like Bono and Bob Geldof like seeing their photos in the media making out their actually trying make a difference but the truth is it’s just a publicity photo shoot and both tax doge along with many others?
This belief that poverty is a compound composed of an array of issues is embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UDHR recognizes the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of a person and the right to education. Despite the intellectual developments in the realm of world poverty and human rights, devastating reality remains. “ Here in England and in the developing world’s 1.2 billion people are income poor, about 1 billion adults illiterate, 1 billion without safe water and more than 2.4 billion without basic sanitation. The average life expectancy of 76 years, more than 10% of people born today are not expected to survive to age 60. And in some industrialized countries one person in five is functionally illiterate” If the international community does not commit to diminishing poverty, poverty defined as the lack of health, education, and powerlessness, we will continue to watch revolutions that produce outcomes similar to that of the second world war and internal conflicts we have all seen very clearly here in England, to the conflicts facing most of the Arab countries The likes of Bono and Geldof may take most people in with their shadows of so called good deeds, but to see them in real life is to see them in truth?