Thursday, June 07, 2007

Gandhi and Geldof: The Stages of Change

Pop singer and activist Bob Geldof and Irish rock star Bono were being interviewed today about some of their hopes and plans for this week’s meeting (6-8 June 2007) of the G8 leaders in Germany.

The two men are calling on G8 leaders for a reaffirmation of the 2005 commitment.

Bono fears the G8 nations offer too little help or may wriggle out of existing promises. Bob Geldof is urging G8 leaders to hold onto pledges they have made at the Gleneagles summit chaired by Tony Blair almost two years ago.

“There is a great crisis of credibility,” says Geldof, “If I sign a contract in my business life and don't fulfil it, I would be sued. I could go to jail. Do these leaders live outside the norms of human behaviour?" he asked.

Asked by a CNN interviewer today if he thought their protesting and activism about ending poverty served any benefit, Geldof replied positively:

Gandhi once said: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you....then you win.”

Source: CNN International, News, 7 June 2007

Geoff Pound

Image: Sir Bob Geldof