This is pretty funny in itself, given he's become very rich thanks to the globalized film and TV industries and lives in a home worth millions of pounds. You'd think that someone whose stock in trade was making people laugh would be aware of just how ludicrous his diatribes appear to any sane person. But he certainly seems not to be, or believes it's a small inconsistency given the gravity of his calling. That just makes him sillier in my opinion.
And what's sillier still is the fact that so many people who you'd think would know better are also convinced of the shaggy comic-cum-revolutionary's profundity. Numerous high profile journalists cite him as a dinkum authority, as do some political figures. You'd expect those on the far Left to sing his praises, of course -- but not those who are supposed to be in the sensible centre, surely.
Yet in a quite amazing development Labour Leader Ed Miliband has given Brand his stamp of approval by meeting with him for chat to be shown on Brand's popular YouTube channel.
Miliband claims the interview was an attempt to make the election "more interesting". But that's just spin. He was clearly desperate to tap into Brand's fan base of nihilistic cool cats -- many of whom, like Brand himself, are so cynical about political machinations that they don't even bother to vote. Ed's got some crazy notion that he'll be able to bring them around to Labour.
But in the end all he'll end up doing is damaging the Labour brand, while improving the, er, Russell brand! It really was life imitating satire and it's amazing that Miliband's advisers let him go through with something so patently daft. David Cameron hit the nail on the head when he called the whole episode a joke. It certainly was that, and was made even more absurd by the fact that a comedian was taken so seriously.