Thursday 18 January 2018

Geldof plans London tribute to his friend Jo Cox ahead of the EU vote

Bob Geldof at the Dalkey Book Festival with local entrepreneur Sonia Reynolds. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Bob Geldof at the Dalkey Book Festival with local entrepreneur Sonia Reynolds. Photo: Colin O’Riordan

Jane O’Faherty

Bob Geldof intends to hold an event in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox in London next week.

The musician and activist called the Labour MP a "friend" and said Ms Cox's family had been on the Thames with him during his flotilla confrontation with Ukip's Nigel Farage.

Speaking at the Dalkey Book Festival, Geldof said he had planned to host a pro-Remain event at Glastonbury this week, but cancelled it out of respect to the Cox family.

"We called it off because of Jo Cox, my friend, so it was inappropriate," he said.

"We're going to do something in Trafalgar Square for Brendan and Jo on Tuesday."

Ms Cox's husband Brendan played an active role in the demonstration on the Thames last week.

"Brendan and their two babies of three and five were on the river with me," he said. "Brendan was organising the little boats."

Geldof has been vocal in his support for the Remain campaign, but said he had a struggle to find bands or comedians for his referendum event at Glastonbury.

"I couldn't get a single band. They would not come out and say it because weirdly they }don't want to be involved in politics."

The comics, some of them were very blunt when they told me I'd lose half my audience," Geldof continued. "But believe what you believe and if everyone ignores you, too bad.

Economist David McWilliams said the 'Brexit' referendum should go ahead this Thursday or even sooner, despite calls for it to be cancelled. Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr McWilliams said the referendum had brought about a veritable "civil war" in the United Kingdom.

"It's been nasty," he said, adding: "It's like a civil war."

More than €700,000 has been raised to support causes close to the heart of Ms Cox in the days since she was murdered in her constituency last Thursday.

Irish Independent

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