Emergency: VOTE To Start Revolution – Russell Brand
RUSSELL Brand has told millions of YouTube viewers to vote Labour in a decisive endorsement video.
The controversial self-styled revolutionary has backed the party after days of teasing viewers by supporting both Ed Miliband and the Greens.
Now he’s made his final call after airing the second part of his interview with Mr Miliband, saying voters – except those in Scotland and Green-held Brighton Pavilion – should choose the Labour leader.
He said: “I think this bloke will listen to us. On May 7 vote Labour. On May 8 more democracy – more power to more communities.”
Former heroin addict Brand and Mr Miliband were both dubbed a joke by David Cameron after they met last week in the comedian’s trendy east London kitchen.
But today Brand said: “David Cameron might think I’m a joke but I don’t think there’s anything funny about what the Conservative party have been doing to this country.
“What I heard Ed Miliband say is if we speak, he will listen.
“So on that basis I think we’ve got no choice to take decisive action to end the danger of the Conservative party.
“My view is this. If you’re Scottish you don’t need an English person telling you what to do, you know what you’re going to be doing.
“If you’re in Brighton I think it would be a travesty if we lost the voice of Caroline Lucas in Westminster.
“But anywhere else you’ve gotta vote Labour.
“You’ve gotta get the Conservative Party out of government in this country so that we can begin community-led activism so we can be heard.”
Today’s footage includes a previously unseen section of the interview which Brand said was the ‘most important’.
It featured Mr Miliband saying: “I think the way we think about politics is slightly faulted.
“Is it ‘elect me on day one and the world is transformed’ or is it that we’re on a path of change?
“The other thing is you’ve got to have a politics that’s rooted in communities. The Tories are a virtual party these days, they exist with advertising and money but they don’t have people.
“The living wage campaign didn’t come out of policy wonks, it came out of people especially in 1970s America in workplaces.
“Take two other issues, climate change and international development. Part of what’s going to happen is the movement will have to put pressure on governments.”
The interview also touched on Ed’s differences with his dad Ralph, who wouldn’t believe in a banking system in the same way as the Labour leader.
Brand – who mocked pledges by the Lib Dems’ Nick Clegg and Ukip’s Nigel Farage – said Labour’s election could be the start of a ‘proper conversation’.
The comedian who once told people not to vote said there are still “limitations to what conventional Westminster politics can deliver”.
And he faced stinging criticism today from hundreds of Twitter users – who slammed his decision to come out for Labour only after voter registration closed.
Tweeter John Sheffield claimed Brand was a “pure publicity lover, a Champagne Leftie, only interested in himself”.
Others questioned whether Brand has even registered to vote himself.
Brand added: “One thing I agree very sincerely with Ed on is that politics doesn’t rain down on us, it comes from below. Movements putting pressure on governments.
“We have just heard the leader of the Labour Party saying that he welcomes and wants pressure from below.
“For me what that interview meant is that Ed Miliband understands people are p***ed off.
“They’ve had enough of their needs being neglected for the requirements of big business.
“The Conservative party are planning to further dismantle our community assets, to tear apart the very fabric of our society.
“That’s not something we can allow to happen simply because people can’t be bothered to vote.
“I know I’ve been Mr Don’t Vote but actually what I mean is politics isn’t something we can be involved in every five years. Democracy is for every day.”
Last week Ed Miliband defended his decision to appear with Russell Brand, saying: “The danger is that politics is being played in an increasingly empty stadium.
“Russell Brand asked me for an interview and I was very, very happy to accept.”