Not again

Whenever an important political event happens, you might wish to turn to the analysts in your newspaper as a means of digesting the news. You might also watch a current affairs discussion show on television, or tune into Radio 4 during your morning commute. What you are unlikely to do (we hope) is find out what a rock star thinks about it, right?

So we’re at an odds to explain why news behemoth CNN took time out of their no doubt busy day by asking Bono what he thought about Saturday’s release of Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the elections in 1990 with her National League for Democracy but who was never allowed to take power. Yes, he wrote a song about her once – Walk On – but other than that, in what way is his opinion worth anything?

‘I'm very excited, very thrilled at the possibility that this might be the beginning of some sort of rational discussion,’ Bono said, presumably while wearing sunglasses indoors. ‘At the same time, it's sort of a cautious joy, because though she's out in the world, in a way we need her to be, she's perhaps more vulnerable, if they should want to take advantage of her being outside her own four walls.

‘She is kind of the Mandela of our moment. She's a character of great grace. Her struggle has become a symbol of what's best about our humanity and worst.’

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