U2’s headline slot at Glastonbury could be marked with a faintly embarrassing demonstration about their alleged tax affairs.
Tax protesters, Art Uncut, will greet the band with a giant bundle of fake cash to campaign against the band’s “convoluted” tax affairs. There has been criticism of U2 in the past when some of their business was moved from ireland to Holland a move which was believed to be in response to a cap on lucrative tax breaks for artists in the republic.
Art Uncut claim that “Bono claims to care about the developing world, but U2 greedily indulges in the very kind of tax avoidance which is crippling the poor nations of this wo a spokesperson for One, the anti-poverty campaign group co-founded by Bono replied “U2’s business arrangements have nothing to do with illegal tax evasion and transfer mispricing in developing countries, critical issues which Bono and One campaign on.”
On one hand it’s great that at least someone can be arsed about the fucked up world situation but when you are that rich it can seem a tad awkward and does raise questions…
Are U2 more deserving of this comment than other bands?
Is Bono’s campaign against world poverty whilst being in one of the biggest money making bands in the world starting to grate?
Is the millionaires against poverty of the rich rock elite the ultimate decadence?
Does it drive you made when rich rock stars ask you to cough up for charity?
Or do you think at least Bono is putting something back? and that he is like a saint?