Russell Brand meeting was to make election interesting – Miliband
28 April 2015
From the section Election 2015
Labour’s Ed Miliband says he agreed to an interview with comedian and political campaigner Russell Brand to liven up the election race.
“Some people were saying the campaign was too boring so I thought it would make it more interesting,” he said.
Brand has repeatedly urged young people not to vote, saying elections change little and that direct action is a more effective tool for “revolution”.
David Cameron said he “did not have time to hang out” with Mr Brand.
News of the meeting emerged after a picture of Mr Miliband leaving the comedian’s house in east London was posted on Twitter.
In a preview of the interview, Mr Brand and Mr Miliband are seen discussing the low tax rates paid by some companies, with the Labour leader telling the comedian “people share your outrage about companies that don’t pay their taxes”.
But he also addresses Brand’s anti-politics stance, saying: “You’ve got to have a government that’s willing to say there’s something wrong with this and we’re going to deal with it.”
The Labour leader insists “there are ways to deal with it”.
The full interview is expected to be posted on YouTube on Wednesday.
Mr Brand, a comedian and actor, has become a high-profile, alternative voice on the political scene, campaigning against inequality, benefit cuts and corporate tax avoidance, and speaking up on behalf of the rights of housing tenants.
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Brand hit the headlines in 2013 when, in a Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman, he said he had never voted because of “absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies, treachery and deceit of the political class”.
In the same interview, the actor called for people to shun the ballot box and pursue a “revolution” against the political elites.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment