Paul David Hewson aka Bono Vox has been a sanctimonious hypocrite almost his entire life, certainly since he got fame and wealth and decided to lecture us all.
Well he has finally got a hold of senses and woken up.
He has spent years haranguing governments to increase public spending on aid, claiming it would end world poverty.
But Bono has finally changed his tune, admitting that the way to solving extreme poverty is through trade rather than aid.
In a remarkable turnaround, the rock star has told business leaders it is the private sector that holds the key.
The U2 singer, whose real name is Paul Hewson, was instrumental in persuading politicians including David Cameron to pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of the country’s income on aid.
But speaking at a UN aid conference in New York, Bono acknowledged that the private sector has a bigger role to play in development than governments.
Addressing business leaders, he said: ‘I’m late to realising that it’s you guys, it’s the private sector, it’s commerce that’s going to take the majority of people out of extreme poverty. And, as an activist, I almost found that hard to say.’ Read more »