Birmingham Socialists welcome Russell Brand’s call for revolution
Russell Brand v Paxman (photo from Huffington Post)
Russell Brand has hit the headlines but not for the reasons you may come to expect from the comedian and actor. In an interview with Jeremy Paxman of Newsnight (click here for Youtube footage) Brand lays in to the present political and economic system and makes bold calls for revolution and a socialist egalitarian system. He eloquently expresses the disillusionment with mainstream political parties, addressing why many people do not currently vote and expresses support for the Occupy movement for putting on the agenda the idea of the 1 per cent against the 99 per cent.
Brand states correctly that the system is destroying the planet and makes many excellent points about the huge disparities in wealth. His ideas are not fully worked out and the Socialist Party would not agree with every single point – however we wholeheartedly welcome Brand’s comments which will no doubt express the anger that many millions of people in Britain and across the world feel towards the political elite and the capitalist system where a tiny minority own and control the wealth, leaving the rest of us struggling to get by.
To many his interview will be seen as a breath of fresh air compared to the stale, turgid ‘same old same old’ put forward by the Tories, Lib Dems and Labour.
His comments should be seen as a contribution to the debate about the need to change society, how we go about it and the need for a socialist society.
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