Geldof plea must not fall on deaf ears

Should one-million people march on the G8 summit in Edinburgh in a month’s time, as Bob Geldof wants them to, a powerful message will be delivered to some of the wealthiest and most influential leaders in the world.

The march will be launched immediately after the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park on July 2, with five others being held around the world, to raise awareness of global poverty.

Unlike the Live Aid concert 20 years ago, which raised millions to feed the hungry of Ethiopia, this event is not a fundraiser but aimed at putting pressure on the G8 leaders to drop Third World debt.

The summit takes place in Edinburgh six days after the concert and despite the security barriers that are being erected around the Gleneagles Hotel venue, it is more than likely that the leaders will get the Geldof message that they can ease starvation and deprivation if they want to.

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