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Bob Geldof has warned that Brexit will be the day the music dies

Bob Geldof has warned that Brexit will be the day the music dies

“EUROPE is a thought that needs to become a ­feeling,” U2’s Bono declared in the EU parliament. “And I am, as an artist, in service of that.”

High quality, highfalutin phrases, Bono.

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The EU just isn’t a lovely factor, Bono, it’s the ­institution at its most ­unaccountable, undemocratic, incompetent and corrupt

However attempt telling them to the ­tens of millions of younger people who find themselves unemployed in Italy, Spain and Greece, the economies of these proud nations dragged down by the lifeless weight of the euro. And check out the windbag oratory on the 17.4million respectable British democrats who voted to go away the European Union, and who’ve been advised ever since that they’re racist, ignorant ­bigots who ought to by no means be allowed close to a polling sales space.

I like Bono. In individual, he’s an honest, considerate man. His band are usually not dangerous. However why do the former rebels of rock music all the time tug their forelocks to the European Union? Why does everybody in leather-based trousers act like the EU is an unalloyed good factor? Why does rock music have a blind spot relating to Brussels?

How can Bono, proper, probably mistake Jean-Claude Juncker for Joe Strummer?  The EU is the ESTABLISHMENT, man! And the EU is the ­institution at its most ­unaccountable, undemocratic, incompetent and corrupt.

The EU shouldn’t be a stupendous factor, Bono. It’s a crumbling ­expansionist empire, rotten to the core, cruel in its opposition to democracy.

The EU is a gravy practice, Bono, a trough for puffed-up political piggies, a sclerotic physique of ­privileged previous white males in fits with MEPs who wouldn’t have to offer receipts for his or her £four,000-a-month bills. The EU actually stinks, Bono.

 Bob Geldof sent a ­letter to Theresa May warning her that Brexit will be the day the music dies

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Bob Geldof despatched a ­letter to Theresa Might warning her that Brexit will be the day the music dies

And the music that you and I grew up with — the music we beloved, the music U2 and I have been impressed by, the music we positioned at the centre of our worlds — was meant to be towards this type of factor. Bono bent the knee to the bullies of Brussels in the similar week that Bob Geldof despatched a ­letter to Theresa Might warning her that Brexit will be the day the music dies.

“Imagine Britain without its music,” thundered Geldof’s letter, co-signed by musicians together with Sting, Ed Sheeran, Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn. “If it’s hard for us, then it’s impossible for the rest of the world. Britain does rule the waves. The airwaves. But Brexit threatens, as it does so much else, this vast voice.”

However it’s merely not true that our nation owes its musical genius to the European Union. The golden years of British music have been earlier than we joined the EU — when it was nonetheless being touted to us as a standard market — again in 1973.

The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin all by some means managed to make nice music with out Brussels. Now Geldof and his co-signatories critically recommend that British music can’t survive outdoors the European Union.

 The Beatles somehow managed to make great music without Brussels

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The Beatles one way or the other managed to make nice music with out Brussels

Little question the Brexit-loathing Boomtown Rat believes this garbage however everybody else who signed his Complain Assist letter ought to have paused to assume earlier than signing. As a result of by claiming that Brexit will kill British music, Ed Sheeran, Sting and the relaxation simply make themselves appear to be laughably out-of-touch luvvies. Not a superb search for the wild boys of rock ’n’ roll.

Geldof is true about one factor — British music has been sensible for 50 years as a result of our little nation embraced the world.However John Lennon, Jimmy Web page, Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Ray Davies, Robert Plant, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend opened their ears and their hearts to the sounds popping out of America.

The fantastic music that smashed down the partitions between white music and black music was born in Chicago and Nashville and Detroit and Memphis.  Its roots have been in the backwoods of the Deep South and the ­Mississippi Delta, and reached all the approach again to Africa. Belgium by no means got here into it, Bob.

The Rolling Stones by no means wanted a grant from the EU. They only wanted one glimpse of Buddy Holly, one take heed to Muddy Waters, one nod from Elvis Presley. British bands modified the world they usually positive as hell did it with out the assist of the European Union. Sorry, Bob. Sorry, Bono. However no British musician in historical past was ever impressed by the mysterious rhythms popping out of Brussels.

Realities of conflict hit residence

PETER JACKSON’S new movie, They Shall Not Develop Previous, exhibits painstakingly colored photographs from World Struggle One for the very first time.

 These coloured images from World War One show the humour, humanity and courage of the men who fought it

These colored photographs from World Warfare One present the humour, humanity and braveness of the males who fought it

As a result of we’ve got solely skilled World Warfare One in black and white footage and photographs, there has all the time felt like an enormous distance between our time and the unimaginable horrors of the trenches.

Lord Of The Rings director Jackson has bridged that hole and the outcomes, above, take your breath away. He says: “The war was a colour war. You’re seeing it as they saw it. And they saw it in colour.”

World Warfare One by no means felt nearer. And the humour, humanity and braveness of the males who fought it has by no means been extra heartbreaking.

Dignified silence

BEST needs for the future to Trevor Engelson and his bride Tracey Kurland, who have been married in a low-key ceremony in California final weekend.

And should you don’t recognise the names, that is as a result of Mr Engelson has chosen to maintain a discreet silence on the topic of his two-year marriage to Meghan Markle.

And in an age the place each damaged relationship is ­dissected on social media, isn’t it refreshing to see a person who can hold a dignified silence?

Battle not value the aggro

“WE lost the match but won the battle,” claimed Conor McGregor after his beating in final weekend’s UFC 229.  What planet was that victory on then, Conor?

 I can’t see how Conor McGregor can claim anything other than unconditional surrender

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I can’t see how Conor McGregor can declare something aside from unconditional give up

To the informal fan it seemed like McGregor  adopted up months of denigrating Khabib Nurmagomedov with a feeble efficiency in the octagon and a scarcity of grace in defeat.

True, Khabib spoilt his victory by leaping into the crowd to proceed the punch-up with McGregor’s nook.  However for the lifetime of me I can’t see how Conor McGregor can declare something aside from unconditional give up. Neither man introduced credit score to MMA.

There is just one purpose why mainstream sports activities followers have been paying curiosity to Combined Martial Arts in recent times and that is Conor McGregor. However after the squalid scenes round Conor v Khabib, many people will be turning off the MMA.

Even Mike Tyson was shocked. And he as soon as bit off a part of a person’s ear.

Snog took the kiss

WHAT my mum would have discovered unforgivable about Strictly star Seann Walsh snogging Katya Jones is that it occurred when Walsh’s girlfriend, Rebecca Humphries, was residence alone on her BIRTHDAY.

 Seann had the audacity to cheat on his girlfriend on her birthday

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Seann had the audacity to cheat on his girlfriend on her birthday

My mum would by no means have forgiven that sort of informal cruelty from some curly-haired love rat. And I think the nice British public will really feel the similar. However what we name the Strictly curse is absolutely simply an workplace romance that spirals uncontrolled.

Individuals get thrown collectively at work all the time. The distinction is that a pair from the accounts division don’t often spend hours each day rubbing up towards one another perfecting their Paso Doble.

However the intense, intimate bodily contact of doing Strictly makes it sure the curse will strike once more.

The thriller is why Katya was by no means led astray by Ed Balls.

Are we insane?

FEMALE terrorist, married to a British jihadi, claimed a council breached her human rights by not giving her a brand new residence after she turned down seven houses as a result of they weren’t large enough or not in the proper location.

Kindly Brent Council additionally provided her £5,000 to place down a deposit on a house of her personal.

Are we insane?

Our welfare state was constructed to look after the most weak members of our society.

Not creatures who would spit on our society’s grave.

Smart footwear

TINA TURNER is the solely feminine performer who was hotter reside than Blondie’s Debbie Harry in her pouting, heavy-lidded prime.

 Tina says she's never tried to be sexy on stage

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Tina says she’s by no means tried to be attractive on stage

So it comes as some shock to listen to Tina say that she by no means tried to be attractive on stage. “Fishnets are practical,” Tina says primly. “They don’t run. And leather doesn’t show the perspiration on stage or wrinkle. I only wore a mini-dress because everyone knows you can’t dance in a dress that goes past your knee.”

OK, Tina, we consider you – regardless that your sensible work garments launched one million adolescent fantasies. And that was simply in my home.

Smug self-importance

DRESSED like a street-walking disco ball, Taylor Swift urges America to exit and vote Democrat in the American mid-term elections.

I like younger Taylor however does it by no means happen to those celebrities that their smug self-importance may probably be drumming up votes for the different aspect?

However the place have been your smart footwear?

The street to spoil

WHY ought to anybody vote Conservative? This Authorities is slashing advantages for the British poor and disabled however can nonetheless discover £4billion in overseas assist cash to enhance roads and railways in Pakistan and India. Why ought to we vote for you, Theresa?

There’s nothing remotely Conservative about you.WHY ought to anybody vote Conservative? This Authorities is slashing advantages for the British poor and disabled however can nonetheless discover £4billion in overseas assist cash to enhance roads and railways in Pakistan and India.

Why ought to we vote for you, Theresa?

There’s nothing remotely Conservative about you.

Ukip boss and singer face off on the Thames in weird Brexit flotilla

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