G8


So things did not pan out exactly as some hoped, but the aid package proposed has been tremendous.
A debt cancellation deal and £28.8 bn aid package to Africa and I wonder if that would have been achieved if the 'Make Poverty History' marches and rallies and the G8 concerts hadn't taken place.
I did catch some of the concert in Edinburgh on TV and saw the bizzare but fascinating sight of Midge Ure performing 'Vienna' with Eddie Izzard on piano...
And I thought I saw some bizzare musical collaborations on Saturday, such as Elton John and Pete Doherty.
Still, C'est la vie, and as Bono has said on the aid package, quoting Churchill: 'It is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is the end of the beginning.'
Let's not let up now, let's keep working on this and continue the pressure.

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