Monday, April 25, 2005

Always Two There Is, a Rock Star And a Politician

Geoff Trainor

Back in November of 2003 U2 Frontman Bono made an appearance at the Liberal National Convention. He came because of Paul Martin's track record on foreign aid.

Bono Explaining about the Dark Side
Bono happy, before his padawan turned to the dark side

Bono urged Canadian politicians to increase aid in Africa and help fight the spread of AIDS, "This is not just a rock star's pet cause. This is an emergency and this is why I'm really here."

Bono also showed his support for then finace minster Paul Martin,

"He found it to be 'nuts', I think was his word, that we are still debating the issue of debt cancellation. So I was grateful for him for that, and for sticking his neck out and getting in trouble with all the rest of the big shots here, because, you know, he has taken a moral position."

Fast foward to April 2005, and friendships dissolve, much like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as he slowly turns to the dark side. Well, Martin has turned to the dark side and Bono is not too happy.

Martin has not kept his foreign aid promises. Bono claimed that Martin has failed to increase Canada's aid contributions to 0.7 per-cent of its gross national product as was the initial agreement.

Bono read out the phone number for Martin's office during a CBC Radio interview, pleading with Canadians to complain about Martin's inactions.

"We were looking for Canada to lead rather than be a laggard. This is no time to just turn inward. I know there are problems here at home. But don't lose your focus, Prime Minister, on how history will remember this moment."

Darth Martin (L) and Darth Vader (R)
Dark Lord of Canadian politics Dark Lord of the Sith

We all know Paul Martin has no time for foreign aid when he's got domestic problems to deal with, like trying to save his minority government after a financial scandal.

John Williams - Imperial March
U2 - Stuck in a Moment

Comments on "Always Two There Is, a Rock Star And a Politician"


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (26/4/05 4:18 am) : 

If that picture comparison doesn't get any comments you are all sad, sad people.


Anonymous Drunk on Gin said ... (29/4/05 5:08 am) : 

Too old to be trained is he, I said, but listen Bono would not


Blogger Draper said ... (5/5/05 9:37 pm) : 

The force is strong with this Prime Minister...


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