Following comic and actor Russell Brand’s recent emergence as a political celebrity I dissect his Newsnight interview and the reaction to it. I look at the valid criticisms being made of Brand’s interview and the social media phenomena swirling up around it before emphasising the few valuable, positive aspects of what he said. I finish up with a shortlist of lessons to be learned from the debacle, including the abandoning of political messiahs and the affirmation of the value and importance of real, ordinary people taking action themselves.
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