What the papers say: Geldof keeps up pressure on G8

If G8 leaders were hoping that the attention focused on the World Cup would give them licence to sunbathe, they had reckoned without Bob Geldof.

A year on from Gleneagles, Geldof warned leaders not to renege on their commitments to Africa.

He vowed to shame backsliders with an annual report on their progress: ‘The full promises must be implemented and nothing else will do’ (The Guardian, 30 June). 

Geldof’s peerless ability to ruffle feathers brought a speedy and unusually united response from British politicians. David Cameron lauded the ‘leadership of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’ on global poverty, while condemning France and Germany for their ‘short-sighted protectionism’ (Guardian Unlimited, 29 June). Perhaps as a sign of things to come, Geldof’s inaugural ‘Debt, Aids, Trade, Africa’ (DATA) report challenged the Chancellor to ‘increase his own contribution’ to debt targets.

If Brown harbours any hopes that Geldof will ease up on his campaigning zeal, he’s likely to be disappointed: ‘I will be banging on about it from the bottom of my coffin,’ Saint Bob told reporters (The Times, 29 June).

Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.
www.echoresearch.com www.newsnow.co.uk

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