Russell Brand has been back in the spotlight this week, not for leaving obscene messages on answer machines, but for voicing his opinions on politics again. In a sequel to his interview with Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight last year, interviewer Evan Davis went as far as describing him as Jesus. I'm not so sure.
I enjoyed Brand's interview with Paxman largely because he was made to look like a complete moron despite the presenter only saying about three words. This latest interview was much of the same: except it became clear after ten seconds that Davis is nowhere near up to Paxman's standards. Brand is evidently still incapable of talking at a rate perceptible by the human brain, choosing instead that of twice the speed of sound; interestingly the same speed at which Cameron, Clegg, and Miliband charged up to Scotland when they thought they were going to lose the referendum vote.
During the intelligent discussion, Brand stated that politics "doesn't represent us, the ordinary people." It was reported by MailOnline last year that Brand has an estimated wealth of £15m, with various fancy houses and cars to match. Do all "ordinary people" have such a massive amount of cash? I'm lucky to have £15 to my name at any one time. The only way ordinary people could get their hands on that sort of money would be to rob a bank. Although then they'd only be stealing their own money, I suppose.
He continued blathering on, saying that politics "might be fun for those of us who work in media to chat about, or people with columns, or people with loads of money and big corporations." Obviously Brand doesn't approve of people who have such luxuries. So why he has a column in the Guardian is beyond me. It's equally as puzzling why (according to the previously mentioned Mail article) he is the director of a company which allegedly allows tax breaks for film investors.
Later he went on to roar: "I don't trust the corporations in this country." But what about all the film corporations you've been involved with and paid by, Russell? What about the BBC and Channel Four? That's not a very nice to thing say about businesses that have made you so rich.
Of course it is sheer coincidence that he appeared on Newsnight just as his new book has been published. I mean, when was the last time you saw someone appear on television just to promote their latest book? Revolution is retailing for £8.45 on Amazon (the same Amazon that pays less in tax than a five-year-old child).
"The apparatus for ordinary people to be engaged politically simply doesn't exist" was some more drivel he babbled out. But it does. Obviously it does, otherwise voter turnout would literally be zero. What needs to cease existing is the endless stream of lies, hypocrisy and deceit that spews out from the political world almost constantly; the culture of trying to score points politically or make a fast buck rather than actually addressing the needs and concerns of the public. So Brand's own brand of lies, hypocrisy and deceit are the sort of counterproductive nonsense that really needs to stop.
By James Morris