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.