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Russell Brand Urges People Not to Vote

October 25, 2013 (9:11 am) GMT
In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Brand admits that he has never voted and says, 'Why vote? We know it's not going to make any difference.'

talks about his political view in a recent interview with BBC Newsnight. The comedian and BBC's Jeremy Paxman initially discussed Brand's role as a guest editor for New Statesmen, but the conversation later changed its direction to his political view.

According to Brand, political system in many countries failed to serve the people, adding that he had never voted in his life. "It's not that I'm not voting out of apathy. I'm not voting out of absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies, treachery and deceit from the political class that's been going on for generations now," he said.

"Don't bother voting. Stop voting stop pretending, wake up, be in reality now. Why vote? We know it's not going to make any difference. When there is a genuine alternative do it," he added.

Brand is a supporter of "socialist egalitarian system based on a massive redistribution of wealth" and he wants corporations which exploited the environment face heavy taxation. "The planet is being destroyed. We are creating an underclass. We are exploiting poor people all over the world and the genuine, legitimate problems of the people are not being addressed by the political class," he explained.

In the end of the session, Brand said, "I'm angry, because for me it's real. This is what I come from... there is going to be a revolution, it's totally going to happen. I don't have a flicker of doubt."

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