The U2 star is in frank form as he addresses the Labour Party Conference...
U2’s BONO urged the LABOUR government to “get real” and deal with AIDS and world poverty at yesterday’s party conference in BRIGHTON (September 29).
Labelling Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chancellor Of the Exchequer Gordon Brown the “Paul McCartney and John Lennon” of global developments, he told them to “finish what they started” and end world poverty for good.
He said that the UK should be leading the fight against world poverty as it has “the reins of power in its hands”. He praised the government for stepping up its action to stop the spread of AIDS, but said that there was still much to be done.
“I’m fond of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown,” he said. “They are kind of the John and Paul of the global development stage, in my opinion.
“But the point is, Paul McCartney and [a][/a] changed my interior world – Blair and Brown can change the real world.”
“It’s not about charity it’s about justice,” he continued, saying that the fights against world poverty was as noble a cause as when their ancestors fought against the Nazis.
“Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice; it makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties, it doubts our concern, it questions our commitment.
“Because there’s no way we can look at Africa – a continent bursting into flames – and if we’re honest conclude that it would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else.
“Anywhere else. Certainly not here. In Europe. Or America. Or Australia, or Canada. There’s just no chance.
“You see, deep down, if we really accepted that Africans were equal to us, we would all do more to put the fire out.”
He added: “We’ve got watering cans; when what we really need are the fire brigades,” reports the BBC.
U2’s new studio album ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’ is released on November 22, preceded by the single ‘Vertigo’ on November 8.