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Russell Brand calls for 'joyful revolution'

File photo dated 19/04/11 of Russell Brand. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Comedian Russell Brand has called on thousands of protesters to be part of a "peaceful, effortless, joyful revolution" that seizes power back from Westminster.

The former Big Brother's Big Mouth presenter, who this year implored readers of the New Statesman magazine to abandon the current political system, told crowds gathered in London's Parliament Square that MPs no longer represented the people.

Speaking in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament at the end of a march marking the one-year anniversary of the People's Assembly being formed, Brand stripped off his T-shirt and replaced it with one carrying the message "Firefighters rescue people not bankers".

An estimated 50,000 people took part in the march, which started at the BBC in Portland Place where protesters accused the broadcaster of ignoring the plight of impoverished Britons.


Paxman admits regretting not voting at last election

Jeremy Paxman has admitted he regrets not voting at the last election after finding the choice of political parties too "unappetising".

"In one recent election, I decided not to vote, because I thought the choice so unappetising," the 63-year-old told the Radio Times.

Jeremy Paxman recently berated comedian Russell Brand after he admitted he had never voted. Credit: PA Wire

"By the time the polls had closed and it was too late to take part, I was feeling really uncomfortable: the person who chooses not to vote - cannot even be bothered to write 'none of the above' on a ballot paper - disqualifies himself from passing any comment at all."

The broadcaster recently questioned Russell Brand as to why the public "should be arsed to listen to his point of view", after the comedian revealed he had never voted because of the "lies treachery and deceit of the political class" during an interview which became a YouTube sensation last month.

Read: Robert Webb criticises Russell Brand for telling people not to vote

Webb criticises Brand for telling people not to vote

Comedian Robert Webb has criticised Russell Brand for telling people not to vote.

Brand was selected to be a guest editor of the New Statesman and ended his essay in the edition by saying: "I will never vote and I don't think you should either".

Comedian Robert Webb has criticised Russell Brand for telling people not to vote. Credit: PA Wire

The Mitchell and Webb star wrote a response piece in the current edition of the magazine telling Brand that it was not his "job to tell young people that they should engage with the political process".

Webb - who said the essay had made him rejoin the Labour party - wrote: "I do think that when you end a piece about politics with the injunction 'I will never vote and I don’t think you should either', then you’re actively telling a lot of people that engagement with our democracy is a bad idea."

The comedian went on to suggest that Brand read "some f****** Orwell" to further educate himself.

Read: Tory MP's jibe at comedian Russell Brand



Russell Brand 'ordered out' of London party over Nazi jibe

Comedian Russell Brand was caught up in a row at a London party after he made a joke about fashion firm Hugo Boss and its links to the Nazis.

The comic was picking up an award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards. But he also criticised the German firm, who sponsored the show, for making uniforms for Hitler's regime.

Brand was then reportedly kicked out of the aftershow party in central London.

Russell Brand 'kicked out' of GQ awards after Nazi jibes

Comedian Russell Brand was reportedly thrown out of the GQ Men of the Year Awards after he made a jibe about the show's sponsors Hugo Boss and its links to the Nazis.

He criticised the German firm for making uniform's for Adolf Hitler's regime and said the magazine's initials stood for "genocide quips", before adding: "I mention that only to make the next comment a bit lighter.

Read: GQ Men of the Year awards gets snippy

"If any of you know a little bit about history and fashion, you'll know Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis. But they did look f****** fantastic, lets face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality."

Brand then took to Twitter and wrote about an exchange he had with GQ editor Dylan Jones.


GQ editor: "What you did was very offensive to Hugo Boss." Me:" What Hugo Boss did was very offensive to the Jews." #GQAwards #nazitailor

In 1999, GQ editor James Brown resigned after the magazine published an article on the top 200 stylish men in the 20th century, which included the Nazis and Field Marshal Rommel.

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