But anyone who refuses to go along with Geldof is pilloried or sworn at; so,
when a Sky News presenter asked him a perfectly reasonable question
yesterday morning about the tax practices of some of the artists featured on
the song, his only answer was “it’s b******s”. This is the kind of response
you might expect from a 21-year-old with a YouTube channel, but from a
63-year-old trying to engage the public in a subject as grave as Ebola, it
just seems churlish. How can he expect us to take him seriously if he cannot
behave in a serious manner himself?
Nobody wants a world full of Ebola, but nor do I want a world full of Malaria
and HIV and Tuberculosis and numerous other diseases – not to mention
conditions such as hunger and poverty - that are destroying the lives of
many millions of Africans every day.
Certainly, I don’t want to be told how to behave philanthropically by a man
worth an estimated £32 million, a man who is said to use tax avoidance
schemes (it is telling that when a journalist asked him two years ago how
much tax he paid, Geldof exploded at her, saying: 'My time? Is that not a
tax?’ Well, no, Bob, it isn’t).
I don’t want to be implored to give charitably by a band that travels in
separate private jets because they don’t get on (One
Direction), or by a man who avoids Irish taxes while simultaneously
telling the Irish government to help developing countries (Bono)."