Exclusive: Tony Blair – We Have a Chance to Change
Blair and Geldof speak exclusively to MTV's Trevor Nelson
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Sir Bob Geldof expressed their hope for real change on issues from African debt to climate change in front of an audience of young people at the filming of MTVs All Eyes on Tony Blair special today.
Only days before the Live 8 music event and a week before the crucial G8 Summit in Scotland, Blair expressed his belief that real progress could be made on a range of key issues. "The one thing that is clear is that we have a chance of making real progress," he told an audience of young people from around the world at the recording in Central London.
The All Eyes on Tony Blair special, presented by Trevor Nelson, will be broadcast on MTV UK on Friday 1st July at 7pm. Answering questions from the audience and from celebrities including Destinys Child and Kanye West, Blair confirmed that he believed this was a real chance to address issues including poverty in Africa. "Concern about development is in part what brought me into politics and now we have got the chance - you know, 30 years ago I guess I was the age of most people who are here. 30 years later I'm in a position to do something about it, so I feel I should," he said.
Speaking alongside Blair, Sir Bob Geldof passionately expressed his belief that events over the next few weeks could make a real difference. "The reality is that Tony Blair has pushed the boat out big time," he said. Discussing the G8 summits prospect for tackling African debt and relief problems, Geldof was upbeat. " I think we are almost there. That is the truth. I think we are almost at the figures the Africa Commission asked for. There are eight men around a table in Scotland on the 8th of July who can put an end to this"
Speaking of the Live 8 event on Saturday, Geldof said it was going to be everything people hoped for. "It is all the promise of rock'n'roll, all of it", he told MTV. "You will never see this happen again. It will be the greatest concert ever."