Paul L. Caron

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Activists Disrupt U2 Concert, Tell Bono: 'U Pay Your Tax 2'

Bono Daily Mail, Violence Breaks Out as Protesters Seek to Shame Bono Over Failure to Pay Tax in Ireland as He Headlines Glastonbury:

Violent scenes broke out in the crowd at U2's long-awaited Glastonbury debut last night as a protest against the Irish band's tax status was foiled by security guards.

As Bono and his bandmates took to the Pyramid Stage, activists from direct action group Art Uncut inflated a 20ft balloon emblazoned with the message 'U Pay Your Tax 2'.

But as the campaigners tried to release the balloon over the 50,000-strong crowd, a team of ten security guards wrestled them to the ground before deflating the balloon and taking it away. ...

Art Uncut had been hoping to spark debate around big-earning stars' duty to pay taxes in their native country. Campaigner Charlie Dewar said: "U2's multi million-euro tax dodge is depriving the Irish people at a time when they desperately need income to offset the Irish government's savage austerity programme. ... Bono is well-known for his anti-poverty campaigning but Art Uncut is accusing him of hypocrisy."

(Hat Tip: Eric Robinson.)  Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

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IMO hypocricy is the characteristic that distinguishes liberals from conservatives.

Posted by: anon | Jun 25, 2011 8:12:29 AM

More elite hypocrisy. But I repeat myself.

Posted by: Ellen | Jun 25, 2011 3:15:46 PM

So allowing gangster governments to extort money is somehow good for society and a way to alleviate poverty?

I try not to follow the political ramblings of people whose talents lie in other areas, so I cannot honestly say whether Bono's efforts to avoid being robbed by the Irish government are hypocritical or not. But what I can say is that the government is not a charitable organization and that giving it money as a way to fight poverty is like feeding someone potato crisps as a way to fight obesity.

Poverty has many causes, but a shortage of state revenue is not among them. Real poverty is also difficult to find in the civilized world. What most western leftists call poverty would be considered affluence in places where real poverty takes its toll.

Posted by: Lee Reynolds | Jun 25, 2011 3:25:59 PM

LR, Not at all (in response to your first question), but if you are anti taxes than be honest about like the republicans. This is the problem with democrats, they make very nice sounding, idealistic, flowery statements, but their behavior is right out of a cess pool.

Posted by: anon | Jun 25, 2011 5:00:26 PM

"So allowing gangster governments to extort money is somehow good for society and a way to alleviate poverty?"

That's not something Bono believes and therefore he doesn't get to use it. In fact, Bono is all for gangster government and I think he should have the privilege and honor of paying for it.

Posted by: Brian Macker | Jun 26, 2011 6:52:58 AM