An excuse for indifference?

I came across an article in the Sunday Times by that professional grouch Rod Liddle, in which he fired salvos at Bob Geldof for objecting to the way the media was covering a story that insisted that 95% of the millions of dollars Live Aid raised for the starving of Ethiopia ended up in the pockets of arms traders. Liddle seemed to like the allegation because it gave support to his dislike of aid and aging rockstars.

 Paul Vallely, to my mind a much more reliable reporter, argues that the original story is dodgy, because its source is a disaffected former rebel leader and the details don’t  add up! The original claim, Vallely insists, was that it was Christian Aid that was duped, to the tune of $2 million in 1984- the year before any Live Aid money found its way to the beleaguered country- and although there was a donation by Band Aid to one potentially fraudulent group, the rebels’ aid agency Rest, in 1985 only $307,000 was involved. I wonder who I should believe????

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hall Bookings

Looking for a space for your class, AGM, or birthday party?

Everything you need to plan your booking is right here on our Halls webpages, accessible from our main menu above. View images of the halls we have to offer. Consult our FAQ page for the size and capacity of each hall and to find our rates. Study our hall bookings calendar to check availability. Make sure you understand our Ts & Cs. Then download a hall booking request form and email it to our Parish Administrator, Svenja Taylor.  She will help you get your booking confirmed and on the calendar.

We look forward to serving you!


Find Out More
Patio Room