U2 can be a hypocrite

If, like me, you are repelled by the spectacle of millionaire rock stars miming statemanship, then you will be cheered by John Harris’s acute piece in today’s Guardian

In response to the fact that the Irish government has recently changed its notoriously cuddly fiscal regime, so that creative types can only earn a trifling £170,000 before paying tax, Bono and his friends have moved part of their empire to the Netherlands. This may seem like a rather cruel interpretation of the news, but I don’t think I can help it: though Bono is very keen on feeding, watering and healing the world, he and his group – collectively worth £460m, it says here – don’t seem to be too keen on paying for Irish schools and hospitals. That’s good, isn’t it?

Thanks to Pete for pointing it out.