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Old 10-16-2008, 04:31 PM   #136
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Well alrighty then.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:45 PM   #138
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U2's politics

This is not a trolling thread, there is something I wanted to point out.

U2 have never endorsed any political party or candidate in Ireland and there are good reasons for this. The only potential exception to this I can think of is back in the mid '80's when Bono said a few complimentary things about the then Irish Prime Minister Garret Fitzgerald, but even then he didn't specifically advocate a vote for Fitzgerald's party. Actually, now that I think of it, there is one other possible exception, but it's in the negative sense of disagreement rather than endorsement, where Bono condemned various activities of Sinn Fein/IRA in the 1980's, but Sinn Fein of 2008 are a lot different to Sinn Fein of 1987.

I think there are good reasons why U2 individually and collectively do not endorse political parties, especially in Ireland. In a small country, if you are a famous person and you endorse a political party, you will get labelled, and the labels will stick.

So, for the likes of Bono, let's say for the sake of argument he publicly endorsed the Labour party - well, think of what would happen. Every time he walked into a pub, it would be "Ah there's Bono - the Labour man. The big champagne socialist leftie hypocrite", etc, etc.

And of course, similar things would happen if Bono - or any other member of
U2 - endorsed one of the middle-of-the-road, largely conservative parties. ("There goes Bono. The right wing FF (Fianna Fail) supporter. Just typical of these wealthy rock star bolloxes to support conservative parties. They will always support the status quo.", etc, etc)

It's entirely possible that all members of U2 are quiet, non-public, supporters of any given party, it's also possible that they all vote and support different parties, and of course, it's entirely possible that none of them have any particular interest in politics, at least in the party political sense.

I would suspect that they are fairly mainstream in their politics, for what it's worth, but I really have no idea. I would suspect that Bono, Edge and Adam are somewhat left of centre, and Larry is somewhat right of centre on some issues, though left of centre on others - but, again, that is mere speculation.

I would criticize U2 for a lot, but I would credit them with the wit and intelligence to avoid the temptation to allow themselves to be pigeon holed on politics. They may arguably have made this mistake in the '80's, and I think they learned from it.

Just thought it was worth pointing this out.
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If U2 lived in the US, they would prolly be in the Green Party or Independent Party.

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From their actions, associations, affiliations etc. I would say if there were to be voting in Germany their vote would most probably go to the Greens either.
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fg, I appreciate your desire to offer a constructive comment on the topic, but this is still a spinoff thread and I'd really rather not reopen this discussion.
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