MAD ‘HEAD

The Radiohead frontman is furious that the politicians' failure to combat Third World debt...

Radiohead‘s THOM YORKE has today (July 24) used the band’s website to launch his most bitter attack yet on Western political leaders’ failure to combat growing Third World debt.

In an all-out attack on the G8 leaders (premiers of the world’s richest nations) who closed their summit yesterday (July 23) in Okinawa, Japan without coming to an agreement over how to cancel escalating debt repayments in developing countries, Yorke fumed: “How will you sleep…? What will you say to your children?”

He also launched a stinging attack on their decision to devote millions in the coming five years to police the Internet, at the expense of lessening the burden of debt.

His page depicts a picture of a laptop on fire with the words “This is worth nothing until you drop the debt” emblazoned onscreen.

Yorke‘s angry missive beneath the picture reads: “You can’t eat the fucking web. This is free market killing. You have no-one to blame but yourselves and you know it. What kind of future are you expecting? You expecting to walk away, hands clean, white gloves? You expecting the trouble to cease? How will you sleep? When things turn nasty how will you explain yourself? What will you say to your children?”

Yorke has been one of the most vocal of all high-profile music stars in his bid to push western leaders to address interest repayments the loans. He has frequently pointed out that though many of the debts have been repaid, crippling interest charges are preventing some of the world’s poorest nations from developing.

Earlier this month he joined U2’s Bono and R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe in calling for the public to join the Drop The Debt and Jubilee 2000 campaigns. They were urged to write to and email their leaders asking them to use the G8 summit to properly address the problem and wipe out billions of pounds worth of outstanding debt.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is understood to have clashed with US President Bill Clinton in Okinawa over the issue. Blair is reported to have pushed for a quicker resolution to the problem.