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UKIP-lite Russell Brand Occupues Ed Miliband: Reactions To The Trews

by | 5th, May 2015

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Russell Brand isn’t registered to vote. But he says you should vote Labour, unless you live in Brighton, where you should vote Green. Also, Scots should only vote for a Scot “If you’re Scottish, you don’t need an English person telling what do to do…” Brand the revolutionary likes fixeed boaders and nationhood. He’s wary of foreigners. He sounds a bit UKIPy.

Also, he’s made his views known after the closing date for voter registration. So, Brandios, get in your times machines and vote soon and vote often for a  UKIP-Green-Labour-SNP coalition.

What do we make of this? Helping us are the newspapers experts.

Owen Jones (Guardian) :

He has nearly 10 million Twitter followers; his YouTube interview with Ed Miliband received well over a million hits and counting; he is listened to by hundreds of thousands of disillusioned Britons, particularly young people who have been repeatedly kicked over the last few years. Russell Brand matters.

Sure: Russell Brand entertains.

And however much bluff and bluster the Tories now pull – maybe more playground abuse from David Cameron, who called Brand a “joke” – his endorsement of Labour in England and Wales will worry them.

More people have registered to vote than ever before: between the middle of March and the deadline to register, nearly 2.3 million registered, over 700,000 of them 24 years old or younger. In countless marginal seats, disillusioned voters who were either going to plump for a protest party or not vote at all could well decide whether we are ruled by David Cameron, George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith for another half a decade.

They could. They could not.

Naturally, Brand’s endorsement is being portrayed as a giant U-turn, and sure enough, he has abandoned his “no vote” stance.

It is a giant U-turn. The portrayal is fair. As the Times notes, “Just 18 months ago, Brand blamed the act of voting for upholding  the ‘lies, treachery and deceit” of the political class.” But a conversation with Ed Miliband in his home and Brand is changed. The comic speaks with the conviction of a man who has read one book.

But Brand has been on a very public political journey…

He’s been on a journey. And now that journey is

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