What is it with performance artists and actors that make them think that being well-known gives them any clout in International Politics?
Reuters (via Stuff) explains:
Former Beatle Paul McCartney said on Thursday he had written to President Vladimir Putin to enlist his help in securing the release of a group of Greenpeace activists, including New Zealanders, detained in Russia.
Twenty-eight activists and two journalists face up to seven years in jail over a protest against offshore drilling in the Arctic in which some members of the environmental group tried to scale a Russian oil rig.
New Zealanders Jon Beauchamp and David Haussmann were two of the detainees.
“It would be great if this misunderstanding could be resolved and the protesters can be home with their families in time for Christmas. We live in hope,” McCartney wrote on his website.
Paul’s allowed to have an opinion, and express it. But to think his is any more valuable than yours, or mine, because he sold a significant amount of music in his lifetime seems presumptuous.
Anyway, that led me to think we may have a go at sending Mr Putin a letter too. Read more »