The default position of many on the left will be to immediately write-off Russell Brand as naive and self aggrandising. I don’t. I think he’s sincere, passionate, and is stirring things up on behalf of the have nots as few others are.
I picked up his book yesterday and had a leaf through it. I happened upon the section where he waxes on the finer points of yoga. It put me off and I put it back. However I may give it another go after watching this interview on Newsnight.
He is clearly a highly intelligent guy who is committed to the plight of those suffering under austerity and the status quo.
Personally, I would take Russell Brand over John Lydon and Polly Toynbee all day long.
Marcel Cartier is a Hip Hop artist and political campaigner from NYC. He recently relocated to London.
I took part in a Press TV documentary on independence recently. The studio debate involving Chris Bambery is interesting in that it reveals the idealism which underpins the politics of RIC.
Excellent video of David Norris
Debate on Gaza: Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada vs. J.J. Goldberg of the Jewish Daily Forward