Russell Brand described David Cameron as the "marginally less racist" option for voters in the next election, if they were to choose between the current Prime Minister and "the racist geezer" Nigel Farage.
The comedian was discussing his idea of "actual democracy" in conversation with Tom Sutcliffe, Susan Neiman, Juliet Barker and David Babbs on the Today Show this morning.
Describing the current UK democratic system as a "bureaucracy" and an "administrative idea" that "doesn’t engage people emotionally", he branded his revolutionary democracy - under which people would be engaged in running their own communities and have proportionate representation in parliament - as "beautiful".
Sutcliffe made a challenge in reference to a section in his new book Revolution, in which he discusses the work of suffragette Emily Davidson. He infers that if the feminist activist were around today, she would be urging women to riot instead of vote.
"Now I don’t think that’s true," Sutcliffe said. "I think a lot of people that react to you, they see you juggling with a Ming vase, essentially. They say, actually, democracy is not as sturdy as you think it is. It’s not as unbreakable. It’s really fragile. And so someone of your position you can speak directly to young people should be using it to bolster this."
Russell Brand's Most Controversial Quips
Russell Brand's Most Controversial Quips
1/19 On puberty:
“By puberty I learned that nothing worth having could be easily attained and to succeed one must be single minded."
2/19 On changing the world:
“I want to change the world, and do something valuable and beautiful. I want people to remember me before I'm dead, and then more afterwards.”
3/19 On being strong:
"Strength does not have to be belligerent and loud."
4/19 On grammar:
“I couldn't possibly have sex with someone with such a slender grasp on grammar!”
5/19 On manners in England:
"In England we have such good manners that if someone says something impolite, the police will get involved."
6/19 On junkie v vegetarian:
“Even as a junkie I stayed true [to vegetarianism] - 'I shall have heroin, but I shan't have a hamburger.' What a sexy little paradox.”
7/19 On the future:
“People don't realize that the future is just now, but later.”
8/19 On sex addiction:
“Boggle with sex addicts is up there with go-kart racing with junkies.”
9/19 On life:
“My life is just a series of embarrassing incidents strung together by telling people about those embarrassing incidents.”
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10/19 On happiness:
"If you want to be happy stop being so self-obsessed and start considering other people."
11/19 On drug addiction:
“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”
12/19 On sitcoms:
"I do have a regard for the musicality of language that came from BBC sitcoms like Fawlty Towers."
13/19 On life motivation:
"That's what keeps me alive, perversion and star quality.”
14/19 On love:
“When you fall in love you recognise you're not the most important person in the world, and your focus becomes another person.”
15/19 On threesomes:
“I like threesomes with two women, not because I'm a cynical sexual predator. Oh no! But because I'm a romantic. I'm looking for "The One." And I'll find her more quickly if I audition two at a time.”
16/19 On Conservatives:
"Conservatism appeals to our selfishness and fear, our designer and self-interest."
17/19 On surfing:
“Surfing should be called "foam-choking" or "sea stabbing.”
18/19 On Demi Moore:
"I've not made love to her yet, but it's a matter of time."
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19/19 On success:
"When I was growing up, I thought I'd be a lot happier if I was famous and successful and if I had money."
"I feel it would be irresponsible of me to listen to the deafening cacophony of 'Sit down, shut up, it’s as good as it’s gonna get,'" Brand replied.
"When people are talking about democracy like that, when they are coating me off for saying 'Don’t vote', you always forget, these hostile chroniclers of our time, they always forget that what I actually said is…
"The reason I’ve not voted is because, like a lot of people in the country, 64 per cent in the last election we held, I don’t see who I’m supposed to vote for.
"Ed Miliband? Clegg? The racist geezer? Cameron, the marginally less racist? They all come from the same schools, they all come from the same background. Now what I want is if these people are our leaders, if parliamentary democracy is going to be something that engages us, ordinary people, then it has to represent us. It has to represent us."
Video: Russell Brand speaks about his new book 'Revolution'
"Russell Brand may be about as convincing as a political theorist as a toaster made by Russell Hobbs, but he is at least engaging his left-wing audience with something they can recognise as passion," he wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
The speculation over the comedian’s possible foray into the world of politics comes after he admitted he could be set to give up acting in order to focus on his revolutionary ideas.
It also followed an explosive appearance on Newsnight on Thursday, during which Brand said he was "open-minded" to suggestions that the US government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks.Reuse content