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Passion, drama, humour: whatever your take on  Brand is, he did us all a favour. We do need a revolution . . . of ideas

Passion, drama, humour: whatever your take on Brand is, he did us all a favour. We do need a revolution . . . of ideas

Passion, drama, humour: whatever your take on Brand is, he did us all a favour. We do need a revolution . . . of ideas

LAST week, in a now famous interview with Jeremy Paxman on the BBC, the controversial comedian Russell Brand gave voice to the frustrations and hopes of a generation. He slammed the political system as being a servant of big business and bankers, suggested voting was a waste of time and said nothing short of a revolution was needed.

"The planet is being destroyed. We are creating an underclass and exploiting poor people all over the world. And the legitimate problems of the people are not being addressed by our political powers," he said in an interview filled with passion, drama, humour and urgency. The response was explosive. Social media erupted in support. Someone had said something that many were thinking but didn't have the words, the platform or the courage to say. Russell had stoked a fire, stirred the rabble and given a voice to the voiceless.


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