TBH I think Geldof is being what Elretardo’s lot would call a “bam”.
His heart may be in the right place, but unlike the older “hippies” who are real activists I think he’s a bit out of touch with society today and how easy it is for a protest movement to turn gnarly – even if he “dresses like a homeless” (like Ali G says) he has been living in an ivory tower of money and pop stardom (his back catalogue tunes still bring in royalties) and as elretardo says clearly doesn’t realise the potential negative impact such a protest could have.
Let us also remember Geldof’s other “achievements”…
OTOH I do think he is trying to do something positive but he’s no different from Blair and Brown IMO – he’s made full use of money, power, spin and jumping on bandwagons when it suits him.
He’s actually making Blair look good, Geldof would never have dared suggesting protests with the original live aid because Thatcher would probably have had him nicked and done over like the hippies on the beanfield.
At least TB is letting him have his say in public, he could easily have been
done under the Terrorism Act for some of the protests he is advocating – Ok maybe not locked up for ages but just an arrest and interview to calm him down a bit – I’m amazed this hasn’t actually happened…
TBH I’d rather see Tony Blair take up a guitar (wonder if he can still play it, or if he ever could?) and John Prescott do a dance routine at this concert, at least it would be top comedy value!