Teenage soul sensation Joss Stone has blasted politicians and G8 leaders for not doing enough to alleviate debt in the developing world - slamming them as "very selfish".

The RIGHT TO BE WRONG singer, who is performing at the London leg of Live 8 on Saturday (02JUL05) in Hyde Park, can barely contain her anger that so little has been done to help poverty stricken regions in Africa since the original Live Aid charity extravaganza in 1985.

Stone, 18, says, "I sometimes feel politicians can be very selfish and it's really unnecessary. They need to get off their a**es and do something about it. It's a pain in the a**e. It's really, really stupid.

"It annoys me because it is so simple. All you have to do is say, 'OK, let's get rid of the debt and sort it out.'

"I don't know (British Prime Minister) Tony Blair personally. I'm sure he's a very nice guy. But he needs to make a decision that is going to help.

"It's the most important cause at the moment, to be honest. It's ridiculous. It's so unnecessary that all this s**t of happens. I'm kind of p**sed off because this happened 20 years ago and now we're doing it again. Something should have changed. What the hell is wrong with these people?"

27/06/2005 02:00