Oh no! We hurt Bono.
Brian Boyd interviews U2 in The Ticket today. Apparently Bono was “stung” and “hurt” by criticism of the band when it shifted some of its business to the Netherlands to lessen its tax burden after the Government capped the amount of tax-free earnings available to artists in 2006. Of course, he could have just left his money where it was and paid tax on all his earnings (just like the rest of us) and he’d have spared himself all that hurt. Yes,yes, the band have paid “millions and millions of dollars in tax” but they have paid millions and millions less than they would have, had they kept their money at home and, frankly, we could really do with that cash now.