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6 September, 2005

Bob's 'betrayal'

I don't like to say 'I told you so', but I thought Live8 was a pointless distraction from doing anything real – gross slacktivism – at the time, and as George Monbiot reports in the Guardian, many of those directly involved in the aid efforts it claimed to support are equally contemptuous of Geldof's self-promotion.

I have heard similar sentiments from every African campaigner I have spoken to. Bob Geldof is beginning to look like Mother Teresa or Joy Adamson. To the corporate press, and therefore to most of the public, he is a saint. Among those who know something about the issues, he is detested.
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