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Got to admit it's getting better
Bono must be doing something right if the Sindo are on his back. Also: why is the church still considered immune from civil law?
Eamonn McCann, 25 Feb 2009
My first thought when I saw the Sunday Independent (February 1) slagging off Bono as a “sacred cow” suitable for culling was that they’d invaded my territory. Haven’t I been shouting this for yonks? If Bono’s to be culled, am I not entitled to the ears and tail?
But then another thought struck. Anybody targeted by the Indo must have good in them.
I looked again at the cover picture. It showed up Bono’s grey roots. Positively endearing.
Didn’t Bono used to have a young woman to look after that sort of thing, tell him to put on a cowboy hat or something? They should bring her back.
Plus, the new single, ‘Get On Your Boots’, is quite good, in a U2ish sort of way.
The Indo piece alerted me to the fact that Bono has become an occasional columnist in The New York Times. In the first of his offerings he fashioned a couple of good phrases – Sinatra’s “knotted fist of a voice”.
On the downside, he goes on to vary his appreciation: “In the mist of uncertainty in your business life, your love life, your life life, why is Sinatra’s voice such a foghorn – such confidence in nervous times allowing you romance but knocking your rose-tinted glasses off your nose, if you get too carried away.”
The cut-backs gone so deep the Times can’t effort copy editors?
Still, I’ve read columns of even more jumbled-up clauses and magimixed metaphor. In the Sunday Independent, usually.
Perhaps things are beginning to get better for Bono. With Bush’n’Blair gone, there are fewer war criminals and pathological liars around to lure him into their ambience and poison his innocence. And Sir Geldof of Southside seems to have slunk out of sight. Always a bad influence, that Geldof.
There you go. Anybody being mugged by the O’Reilly Gang can count on me to weigh in on their side.
They have learned nothing. That’s been the angry cry of dozens of commentators at the refusal of the Catholic bishops to press their Cork colleague, John Magee, to resign. He’d been exposed for failing to cooperate with investigations into clerical child sex abuse in his diocese.