Russell Brand has said that he regrets getting swept up in party politics ahead of the General Election.
Speaking on his YouTube channel The Trews, Brand asked: "Bloody hell, what's happened?"
Brand had endorsed Ed Miliband before the election, telling his fanbase: "You gotta vote Labour." He also backed the Green party's Caroline Lucas in her Brighton seat. However, he has backed away from his party-political views after the Conservatives swept to power last night.
Despite having backed the Labour party just days ago, Brand described a potential Labour government as "a bit piecemeal and doesn't want to change things enough".
He said: "I'm just a comedian! I'm not even electable or nothing! I'm just a bloke with a laptop and a bit of mouth."
Speaking about the process behind making The Trews in the run-up to the election, Brand said he got too caught up in the idea he could make a difference.
"What I feel like from a personal perspective, is when we interviewed Miliband, we thought: 'Oh my God, we can probably influence the outcome of an election.' And now I think: 'You can't influence the outcome of an election.'
"What got me into that position mentally, is that when I did that interview with Paxman and said 'I don't vote'... I sort of became a de facto spokesperson for people who don't vote. But it wasn't really that, I was just feeling the same things they feel," he explained.
"It's not like I had any authority or power. I think for a moment I got caught up in some mad The Thick Of It.
"Like, Miliband's in my house. [People] were telling me: 'If Labour don't get in it'll be really bad for housing... public services are going to get cut more than ever, it's going to get worse for very poor people.'
"And now, actually, the Conservatives have won and I sort of feel like the media doesn't have the same power it used to. [I thought] people don't listen to the front pages of the Sun or the Mail," he said. "But evidently, that is not the case."
Both newspapers endorsed the Conservative party. They won 323 seats, despite polls almost universally pointing to another hung parliament.
General Election 2015: The alternative power list
General Election 2015: The alternative power list
1/18 Rick Edwards
He may have started his career as a T4 pinup - best known for saying “awkward” and “now, for more Friends” - but Rick Edwards has re-launched his career as a politico. Edwards' book None Of The Above was published this year, and he was praised for making the prospect of voting and getting involved in politics exciting for young people.
He gave a TED talk last summer, in which he gave suggestions for how politicians could get under-24s to become passionate about drawing a cross next to a candidate's name.
2/18 Ant and Dec
The Geordie cheeky-chappy TV presenters recently took a turn as political pundits when they discussed their disillusionment with the Labour Party in February.
Ant McPartlin said: “I voted Labour all my life but last election I voted Tory because I was thoroughly disillusioned with the Labour government. Now I'm thoroughly disillusioned with a coalition government.
”I feel we're both staunchly Labour and would vote Labour if we could, but I don't know what their philosophy is any more.“
Declan Donnelly added: ”I'm not sure I could picture him [Ed Miliband] as prime minister.“
3/18 Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
The singer gave a candid interview about her political beliefs, saying that as she paid a "f**king lot of tax" she was obliged to pay careful attention to what each party is saying.
Fernandez-Versini, who normally supports the Labour party, told the Telegraph: "I’ve always been Labour all my life but I want to hear what [the other parties have] got to say for myself. Now that I’m a mature woman."
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4/18 Jack Monroe
A food blogger who spent years on the poverty line struggling to raise her son as a single mother, Jack Monroe has come out as a supporter of the Green Party.
In 2014, Monroe was mired in controversy after saying that David Cameron uses "stories about his dead son as misty-eyed rhetoric to legitimise selling our NHS". Her contract blogging for Sainsbury's was not renewed.
5/18 Armando Iannucci
The Thick Of It creator has been a loud voice for reminding people to vote, and believes that if you don't go to the polling station on 7 May, you're more likely to be penalised by whoever comes to power.
A supporter of the Liberal Democrats in the 2010 election, Iannucci has said he doesn't know who to back this time around, but has been critical of the Tory party's attempted takedown of the SNP.
6/18 Simon Cowell
X Factor founder Cowell said that David Cameron had the “substance and the stomach to navigate us through difficult times”.
7/18 Eddie Izzard
A staunch Labour supporter, comedian Eddie Izzard has been on the campaign trail with the party's candidates from Southwark to Crewe.
Izzard has said he will stand as the Labour candidate for Mayor of London in 2020 and has been a party donor since 1998. During the 2015 campaign, he has been dismissive of what he believes is the Conservative party flaunting their wealth by erecting giant billboards.
8/18 Al Murray the Pub Landlord
South Thanet’s finest, comedian Murray is running against Nigel Farage in his constituency. Leading new party Free United Kingdom Party, Murray’s policies include bricking up the Channel Tunnel and giving the public a British moon on a British stick.
9/18 Russell Brand
Despite famously saying there was no point in voting, Brand has now urged his followers to vote for Green MP Caroline Lucas in Brighton, and told the rest of England "You gotta vote Labour".
Brand's YouTube channel The Trews has prompted debate, and he hit back at David Cameron describing him as a joke, saying that he didn't think there was anything funny about the Tories cutting public services.
10/18 Joey Essex
The Only Way Is Essex star – famed for wearing a watch around his ankle and shoes a size too small so they don’t turn up at the toes – has now dipped his toe into politics. Essex (real name) interviewed Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg for ITV. He didn’t learn a lot, but reckons voting is “reem”.
11/18 Robin Grey – aka David Cameron’s favourite busker
In April, as David Cameron strolled through Alnwick, Northumberland, a ukulele-playing man who told the Prime Minister to "f*** off back to Eton".
That ukulele player was Robin Grey. He told The Independent: "I started singing it ('f*** off back to Eton') [and] I was like, that's a bit crass, I thought I could do better than that. But I just kept on going, because it was coming from the heart."
12/18 Steph & Dom from Gogglebox
The super-posh couple from Sandwich staged an interview with Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Very little actually came out of the debate – apart from Farage spilling a drink down his slacks – but the couple got on with him like a house on fire.
While the couple never expressed their political allegiances, they managed to humanise Farage even more, and we can't exactly see them voting Green at the polls.
13/18 Royal baby
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter Princess Charlotte could sway the election in favour of the Conservatives as people will be happy with the status quo. If it was a boy called Edward, Tories had worried it could sway the public in favour of Labour leader Ed Miliband.
14/18 Myleene Klass
The Hear’Say singer turned businesswoman gave Ed Miliband the grilling of a lifetime, saying that his proposals for mansion tax were unfair, and that: “You can’t just point at things and tax them.”
Posting a picture of Margaret Thatcher, the singer showed her support for the often-controversial Conservative Prime Minister. Apparently free milk in schools and miners rights are less important than a de-regulated financial market to the Like A Virgin singer.
16/18 Martin Freeman
Bilbo Baggins has poked his head out of his Hobbit home to endorse the Labour party. Freeman has filmed passionate messages for the public to encourage people to vote for Miliband’s party.
17/18 Gary Barlow
The Take That singer endorsed the Conservatives in the 2010 election, joking: “I've only known David Cameron for about year. In fact, I was slightly worried at first, because he thought Ronan Keating was part of Take That.”
18/18 Caitlin Moran
Perhaps the essential Twitter follow, and a booming voice for the left in Britain. Times columnist Moran constantly writes thought-provoking articles about women and being working class.
"The only conclusion I can draw from this, is this is a time where a lot of people want the Conservatives in power, because they voted for them," Brand said.
"The only currency we have is compassion and being nice to one another. We're going to have no short of meanness over the next five years."
"My only regret in this is that I thought I could be involved," he said.
He also hinted at using private healthcare when touching on the subject of his sick mother, saying: "thank God I'm in a position where I can take care of my mother as well, because it's going to be a lot harder for people that can't.
Brand concluded: "Change is going to come from us, from ordinary people working together."Reuse content