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Old 04-15-2002, 12:25 PM   #1
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Ali Hewson for President

April 15, 2002
From The Irish Mirror:


Caoimhe Young

THE Labour Party is to invite Bono's wife Ali Hewson to run for President, it emerged

Party chiefs believe the high-profile human rights campaigner would be a winner with

Hewson, who has always shied away from her husband's fame, has spearheaded the
massive Shut Sellafield Campaign. Labour Party HQ in Dublin refused to comment on
plans to bring the anti-nuclear campaigner on board.

However a party insider said: "I think Ali might need a bit of convincing.

"She's a mother of four but she has always had world issues at heart and she'd make
the perfect candidate.

"The Labour Party has always had a high opinion of Ali and her wide knowledge of
environmental issues."

The 41-year-old is a close friend of the party's failed presidential candidate, Children
of Chernobyl champion Adi Roche.

Labour took the Irish political scene by storm in 1990 when it enlisted barrister and law
lecturer Mary Robinson for President.

She defeated Fianna Fail's Brian Lenihan and Fine Gael's Austin Currie in the race for
Aras an Uactarian.

But the party's bid to repeat the victory fell short in 1997 when President Mary McAleesse
finished well ahead of Adi Roche.

Hewson has raised her own public profile in recent months with the clever anti-Sellafield

She has called in the support of pop diva Samantha Mumba and Hollywood actor Colin

Every household in the country has received a pre-paid postcard addressed to either
Tony Blair, Prince Charles or the chief executive of British Nuclear Fuels.

Four million cards have been printed in three designs featuring an anti-Sellafield message.

Hewson managed to persuade all major supermarkets, except British-owned Tesco, to sell
the cards.

Determined campaigner Ali has spent the last month doing endless television and radio
interviews to convince the people of Ireland to help close down the nuclear plant.

A childhood sweetheart of the U2 frontman, she went to the same school as Bono in Marino,

Ali studied politics at UCD and like Bono, who has campaigned to end Third World debt, she
has never stepped back from issues she believes in.

She has visited Chernobyl many times and won an award for her documentary Black Wind
White Land on the devastating aftermath of the disaster.

A spokeswoman for Hewson said the Labour Party has not yet approached the Sellafield

Ali hopes all postcards will be posted by April 19 so they can reach the desks of Britain's most
influential people by April 26 - the 16th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

She said: "We don't know yet how many postcards have already gone.

"But the reaction has been very positive, people are stopping me on the street all the time to
say they've sent cards.

"I know people power can make a difference but the deadline is getting close now, so post
that postcard."

Just one word, WOW!

Please...don't make me say please, champagne and ice cream, it's not what I want, it's what I need.

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Old 04-15-2002, 01:01 PM   #2
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I hope she doesn't do it. Imagine if she were elected, the added scrutiny and public spotlight she and Bono and the kids would be subjected to. Lord knows they wouldn't do it for the money. She might be more effective in the postition that she is now, most people are much more critical of politicians than activists. Besides, she would not only be dealing with the Sellafield thing but EVERYTHING. You get a lot less popular really fast when you are the one who has to take sides on issues and make sometimes unpopular decisions. If I were her, I'd run- away from any public office!

Could you imagine too to implications this would have on Bono's life? He'd have to always be on guard and keep up appearances, which I think would ruin all his fun. No more cool gear and leather jackets and scruffiness. He'd have to always dress like a businessman. He'd have to change his freewheeling lifestyle too- no more hanging out in bars with buddies getting drunk, maybe even no more rock and roll or touring- it would just be too controversial for the husband of the president! I would hate to see him held back like that, and I think HE'D hate it!

Think of the kids- Bono and Ali have tried hard to raise them as normally as possible. A mother for president would end all of that and give them a life in a fishbowl. They are so young to have to deal with that.

I do hope she will seriously consider all the drawbacks and implications before she decides on such a big move.


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I hope she goes for it...
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Originally posted by ouizy:
I hope she goes for it...
So do I. I'm for women getting involved politics.
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"'ll get clean sheets when the elections are over Christy." A quote I'll never forget from a doco.It was said by Christy Moore's neighbour with regard to Christy's mother's political activism( he was man of the house at 10).
It would be a huge huge committment, but I think maybe most of the women who are politically active are mothers.
It is a big ask of a person, but she has the intelligence and grace.Good luck to her.
Wow indeed.

PS: Another musical president?but this one can actually sing
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if this is true I wish Ali all the best on making a very tough decision

Shake it, shake it, shake it

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Originally posted by Salome:
if this is true I wish Ali all the best on making a very tough decision
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Old 04-16-2002, 03:11 AM   #8
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I don't think Ali would ever do it (not yet at least, with kids so young), but she should be honored by the invitation.

Ali rules!!!
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What about America? Ali looks better than Bush.
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I doubt she'll take the offer but wow what an honour. Ali is sure not your regular rock'n'roll wife!

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Bono living in Aras an Uachtaran?!?!?! My arse!! Although Dana did go for president last time, so heck, I'd vote for Ali, and the last 2 have been women so grand, whatever, she seems nice, doubt she'd be bothered though and doubt even more she'd get in cos Adi Roche got torn apart in the press and all....

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