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).