Sunday 22 October 2017

It's all Dutch to me as 'Blessed Bono' reveals his feet of clay

FOR many young people across the globe, and indeed these days not so young people, too, U2 in general and Bono in particular are the essence of cool. For many in faraway lands, the rock music stars have been synonymous with Ireland and they have enhanced this country's international standing.

Bono's strident statements on world justice and the fight against famine and disease are somehow an integral part of the package. His fame has helped direct public attention to many important causes, and he appears to have the ear of the world's most powerful leaders.

But for many of us, U2's use of a Dutch tax haven to avoid the full weight of the Irish tax system, sits oddly with their stridency on matters relating to doing the 'right thing'. It is even more at variance with the U2 frontman's periodic preaching about doing the 'right thing'.

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