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Russell Brand blasts Nigel Farage as 'pound shop Enoch Powell'

Russell Brand blasts Nigel Farage as 'pound shop Enoch Powell' Photo: JOHN DONEGAN/AAP/Press Association Images/Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Russell Brand condemned Nigel Farage as a "pound shop Enoch Powell" as the pair clashed on television.

They were both guests on the BBC's Question Time when the Ukip leader insisted Britain was "overcrowded" and immigration was driving down people's quality of life.

Dismissing a suggestion from an Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) board member that there is "masses" of room in Britain, Mr Farage said:

If you fly into Gatwick you will see lots of green spaces, that is certainly true.

However, if you have a country in which the population goes up as a direct result of immigration, what you find is not a shortage of green fields ... you find a shortage of primary school place, you find a shortage of GP surgeries.

– Nigel Farage, Ukip leader
Nigel Farage and Enoch Powell. Credit: EMPICS Entertainment/EMPICS Entertainment/PA Archive

However Comedian Brand immediately hit back, comparing Farage to Conservative politician Enoch Powell who is most widely remembered for his 1968 "rivers of blood" speech on immigration.

I sometimes feel worried about you, Nigel Farage ... immigrants are not causing the economic problems and suffering we are experiencing," he said.

As much as any of us I enjoy seeing Nigel Farage in a boozer with a pint and a fag laughing off his latest scandals about breastfeeding or whatever, I enjoy it.

But this man is not a cartoon character. He ain't Del Boy. He ain't Arthur Daley. He is a pound shop Enoch Powell, and we've got to watch him.

– Russel Brand