I have a lot of respect for Bill Nighy. He is a man who seems to know the causes of poverty and misery in the places he visits. A good man who uses his fame to draw attention to the dreadful pain and suffering in people made capitalist disaster zones. I dont doubt that lots of the people involved in Comic Relief are well intentioned. And I have no doubt that the £75 million will be a few more fingers in the sieve like, holey dam.
Every year I question the self promotion of some of the stars on "Comic Relief." Every year Facebook and Twitter are filled with stories of some of the faces appearing on the show being paid tens of thousands of pounds.
I also wonder how many of them pay accountants who help them find ways to avoid tax. I wonder if they realise that avoiding tax and voting tory has plunged more families, women, disabled people, abuse victims, pensioners and young people into desperate situations.
Does Comic Relief and other celeb driven telethons "upstream?" Do they find the source of the flood and turn off the tap or are they ego driven mop up jobs?
Of course it is just a mop up job with an already sopping mop.
With the praise by celeb after celeb of chief impoverisher David Cameron for his ham acting in the One Direction murder of a Blondie song, I severely doubt the understanding of poverty these people have. His pudding shaped self satisfied face staring down the camera while these young men strangle a song from my teenage years that should signify rebellion from the plastic, molded pop and pomp of previous ages. This priviledged besuited millionaire who has driven so many people into further poverty yet has delivered millions more of our money to his rich friends. This man celebrated for his appearance in a self promoting piece of poverty piggy-backing so cynical, yet genius in its cynicism.
And these rich stars are preaching at us about spending our money to help victims of poverty. None of them pointed a finger at the UK's Chief impoverisher.
Although as I say, I don't doubt the sincerity of some of those behind this charity, I will be giving my few quid to the Child Poverty Action Group, a charity that fully understands the ideology that has driven poverty in Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world and I will be protesting and fighting where I can, the dreadful attacks on poor people the Westminster Tories and Liberal Democrats are inflicting.
Immediate One Direction and Cameron relief HERE