I Can Forgive U2 Singer Bono for Tax Dodge but Not His Hypocrisy


I can forgive U2 singer Bono for tax dodge but not his hypocrisy — after the star was exposed in the Paradise Papers data leak.

With luck, other dreadful celebrities thinking of doing the same thing will learn a lesson from this scandal.

If the greatest pop music is the most personal, then Bono’s next U2 album should be a cracker.

He will no doubt write about something close to his heart — avoiding tax.

As always, the humble Irishman will be keeping it real by telling a story we can all relate to.

It’s about an ordinary guy, born Paul Hewson, best friend of popes, prime ministers and presidents, and his heroic mission to save the world and his near-billion dollar fortune by sheltering it in ingenious offshore accounting schemes including a shopping centre in Lithuania, bought via low-tax Malta.

Bono is one of the celebrities exposed in the Paradise Papers data leak. Like last year’s Panama Papers, it involves the release of private documents detailing some of the tax avoidance schemes used by the rich and powerful.

Read the rest in the Sun.

‘Der Krieg ist verloren!’ declares confused, angry, trembly-handed Al Gore in bunker conference call | James Delingpole

August 15, 2010

Angry butterball: Al Gore

Angry butterball: Al Gore

“This battle has not been successful and is pretty much over for this year,” a shaken Al Gore has told his supporters, conceding that there is now next to no chance of US Congress passing a Climate Bill in 2010. (H/T Julian Morris).

As recorded by Steve Milloy at the Green Hell Blog, the bloated sex poodle was on magnificently paranoid form, lashing out in all directions at the enemies responsible for his mission’s failure, up to and including the US President:

Gore bitterly denounced the Senate and federal government stating several times, “The U.S. Senate has failed us” and “The federal government has failed us.” Gore even seemed to blame President Obama by emphasizing that “the government as a whole has failed us… although the House did its job. [emphasis added]”

Gore’s deadliest venom, however, was reserved for the kind of scumbags who read this blog – and of course for the Big Oil companies who fund our lavish lifestyles:

Gore said “the government was not working “as our founders intended it to” and laid more blame at the feet of fossil fuel interests who conducted a “cynical coordinated campaign” with “unprecedented funding” and “who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars just on lobbying.” He criticized “polluters” for “dumping global warming pollution into the atmosphere like it was an open sewer.”

Gore blamed the skeptics for “attacking science and scientists.” “They [the skeptics] did damage and cast doubt,” Gore said.

He also quite rightly recognised how hideously biased the MSM is on the global warming issue.

Asked why the alarmists were ineffective in addressing Climategate, Gore bitterly blamed a “biased right-wing media… bolstered by professional deniers.” Gore claimed the Wall Street Journal published 30 editorial and news articles about Climategate and “not a single one presented [his] side of the science.”

Yeah, that’ll be it, Al. Very powerful newspaper the Wall Street Journal. Nobody reads anything else.

Oh, and in the bit before Gore spoke, his warm up man Larry Schweiger of the National Wildlife Federation came on and described sceptics as “bastards” whom he hoped that True Believers in ManBearPig would outlive.

Which was nice.

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