Russell Brand urges fans to vote Labour

Ed's a big fan of The Sun when he needs to be
I hereby withdraw my support for "Brand Revolution".

He is urging people to vote for the evil bloodthirsty cabal that is The New Labour Order.

I wish him well as a human being but think he is deeply mistaken:



The premise of Brand's total change of mind is that his "revolutionaries" will remain totally engaged in politics an' that yeh? That way these lovely Labour politicians will like totes listen to them an' all that.
The reality of the situation, as my podcast listeners know, has been admitted already. They intend to listen to the likes of Lord Heseltine:

This blog's article about the likely Labour/Tory Coalition Government continues to be one of the most read articles this month. What's so compelling about the idea is the fact the two political parties are so deeply similar. That's why thousands of people have been forwarding it to each other. Because we don't believe these politicians. We don't believe a f--king word they say. I respected Brand because he briefly echoed that sentiment.
However, there are no dogmas, only catmas. It's Brand's call. Maybe he really has just changed his mind. The lesser of two evils argument is what he claims tipped the balance, I'm a bit surprised he never considered it before.
The system Brand is supporting is corrupt. I don't see why he thinks it's going to work, what has changed?
NM



Comments

Dave Voce said…
Well, what a suprise, the hyped up opposition is turning into the establishment, and although we all agree what a bunch of scum the tories are, I think that labour could be even worse, it might be a bit like in America where the opposition was silenced with Obama because he was a lefty and black, and yet Obama, in a lot of ways, has been much worse than Bush. But of course blue, red or yellow or whatever, at the end of the day it makes no difference, the agenda will carry on. Until maybe one day in the not too distant future, this is going to become apparent to everyone, including our revolutionary leader Russell Brand.
Anonymous said…
Love you Nick... the Zetas and Tall White's who frequent my place do also. Curiously, since you left, they also no longer listen to LBC after 1am either. You've got friends in high and distant places.
@DoctokDoes said…
Hi Nick, I'm not the most eloquent of writers so you may have to paraphrase. I defended @rustyrockets today on Twitter & here's my comment as promised.

I listened to your latest rant https://audioboom.com/boos/3163718-the-reaction-of-the-c-o-n-to-russell-brand-s-reaction & see you still have a great deal of anger directed towards Russell Brand, I've followed his career for a good many years & his ideas/revolution is not particularly new, it has been his intention since the early days of the BBC2 radio show. Although his attempts have been at times ill judged & his belief in Ed Miliband was somewhat naive....OK totally naive:) his intentions are in my opinion genuine. People are extremely quick to criticise but lack the courage or motivation to get off their arses to do something about it, Russell genuinely thought he could make a difference but unfortunately that was not the case.

His latest videos 315 & 316 of the Trews go some way to explain his actions over the past few days & he looks noticeably fatigued by the whole debacle.

Here is what I believe, a good percentage of resentment towards Brand is jealousy, of his wealth, lifestyle, multiple sexual partners & the list goes on. Yes, he does have an ego which needs to be kept in check & can act without careful thought but he's human & flawed like us all. Yes, there is also a good percentage of people whom have a legitimate gripe with his involvement in politics but the former statement is in my opinion is also true.

God it's hard typing on an iPad:( I'll continue with this, Nick your opinion on many issues is sound but the personal attack with words like prick, moron etc. is a little harsh & I don't think you should write him off just yet. With anger being directed towards him from multiples of people must be extremely hard, especially when he believed he was doing something for good of the country. I think you should listen back to your audio rant with fresh ears, it isn't pretty.

Finally, this is the hard bit, I'm playing devils advocate here & still love you but personal attacks like yours aren't beneficial to anyone concerned, this is how it feels: Oh dear, that Nick Margerrison moron has been ranting & raving again on his third rate podcast, sitting in his bedroom pretending he's still on the radio, doesn't he ever get bored interviewing the deluded & mentally ill, what kind of pitiful existence....no I can't do it, I like you too much but you get the idea, it serves no purpose & self indulgence springs to mind.

In your latest audio response you said you were probably not going to mention Russell Brand again for a long while, I think that's a good idea, maybe get everything off your chest in the next podcast & move onto something more positive, maybe help make a change. Here is my positive, Nick Margerrison & Russell Brand have both had an impact on my life, in fact I'm producing my own podcast because of you both & hope it will help the UK in a different way. So Nick & Russell hand in hand, what a lovely ending:)
Nicholarse said…
Great comments. Both of 'em.
Arnold Lane said…
Hi Nick, I am a supporter of your work and I think there's been a rush to judgement of Russell Brand. I tended to agree with your view at first but on reflection I think it's possible he got carried away in the moment and lost his faculties.

It's always possible he's either in on a mind control operation to weaken opposition to the status quo or he's being used by some dark forces without being aware of it but I think and hope he's really trying to present a different view of things to influence people for the better. And there's no one who has such reach who's put at least some of his money where his mouth is saying anything nearly as radical.

I think it's better to assume he was temporarily hypnotised by the Labourites (I believe he is under the influence of establishment hacks like Johann Hari and Owen Jones) and that he has the capacity to learn from this and protect himself better from manipulation in the future.

Moe Hill said…
"Here is what I believe, a good percentage of resentment towards Brand is jealousy, of his wealth, lifestyle, multiple sexual partners & the list goes on. Yes, he does have an ego which needs to be kept inA check & can act without careful thought but he's human & flawed like us all. Yes, there is also a good percentage of people whom have a legitimate gripe with his involvement in politics but the former statement is in my opinion is also tru"

Really? That's your main point here? This might come across as white knightish but I am thinking if you are person enough to dish it out you should be able to take it so here goes. And I know I am not standing up for anyone, especially no former radio employees who are more than capable of defending themselves should they want to but I took almost personal offence at this bit of yours, commenter. Do you actually believe that the main thing, the main problem this podcast's host had with Brand's 180 was subconscious envy?
And not the fact that he put some hope in Brand... as one of the few voices being heard that says something, anything different from the other talking heads - expressing the fatigue and mistrust felt by many. Then it turns out to be for all if not intents, but purposes, equivalent to controlled opposition. Rage is a perfect normal response to both deceit and/or massive disappointment.

Remember DoctokDoes, "The road the hell is paved with good intentions" and it is no longer, I wonder if it ever were, enough to merely will to do good but to in fact achieve harm. In some cases, incredible harm. You wanna cut the guy a break, give him some slack, right? Russel's a pretty good guy, right? Right?

Not sure I care. I've family to think about.

"Finally, this is the hard bit, I'm playing devils advocate here & still love you but personal attacks like yours aren't beneficial to anyone concerned, this is how it feels: Oh dear, that Nick Margerrison moron has been ranting & raving again on his third rate podcast, sitting in his bedroom pretending he's still on the radio, doesn't he ever get bored interviewing the deluded & mentally ill, what kind of pitiful existence....no I can't do it, I like you too much but you get the idea, it serves no purpose & self indulgence springs to mind."

What kind of underhanded passive agressive criticism is this now mate? I see that you say you are a) playing devil's advocate and b) don't endorse personal attacks but deliver one yourself, saying "this is how it feels". You swiftly became the thing you are criticizing, losing your high ground right there I'd say. Goddamnit we all know how it feels and it's nothing wrong with being mad as hell, and anyone in the public space or on internet damn well better know to have pretty thick skin by now. There's more at stake here than hurt feelings.

contd.
Moe Hill said…
"... maybe get everything off your chest in the next podcast & move onto something more positive, maybe help make a change."

This is riling me up more and more, why are you attempting to moderate? This manner of expression needs not be moderated. Would you tell a painter of many years; maybe less blue? More orange? A tree there?
This condescending attitude... ugrh. " ... no I can't do it" when you just DID and then you go on boldly asserting it "serves no purpose & self indulgence springs to mind".
I guess there are better thing to do on a Sunday morning than sitting here drinking tea and bein riley.

Basically bro, here it is. Nick is already making a "change" and negative and positive are the dichotomy which make up change and it is kindergarten stuff to demonize one of the two poles of expression.
It's possible I wouldn't mind you personally, commenter, you come across as a curious mind but the points you raise elicited a reaction which fueled this response and I apologize in advance if I succumbed to any of the many and varied inherent psychological weaknesses which plague us all.

And Nick, if you happen to read this I wanna say these couple of last shows have been top notch, the music has been out of the ballpark good and I also especially enjoy the parts where you rant and rave over those recordings. I get that you're feeling salty over these people, the emotion is really coming thorough and it's great listenin', please keep putting them out.
@DoctokDoes said…
Hi Moe Hill, thanks for the comments on my post (DoctokDoes), Maybe I could have taken more time to put my point across more succinctly. Dishing it out? I feel Nick would have taken it in the spirit it was intended, please correct me if I'm wrong Nick.

You seem to have an anger issue Moe Hill & reading far too much into my post, I've listened to every episode of Nicks podcast & wouldn't be engaging on this blog if I didn't share the same concerns as Nick. I was merely pointing out that Nick went a little too far with his views on Brand, that's it pure & simple, just giving a different perspective.

I tried to make it very clear in my comment that I had a great deal of respect for Nick, if that didn't come across then that was a mistake on my behalf. Anyway, I think the 3 of us share the same anger towards the way this country is being run, so my parting words would be, We are on the same side & so is Russell Brand, that was my point
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Dave Voce said…
Calm down, calm down... Well it was a bit of a FFS moment when Brand suddenly came out in favour of Labour but surely the writing was on the wall, he's written for the new statesman and when pressed he espoused Marxism, ie. Millibandism.

I like Brand but I was getting very skeptical when he was all over the media with his half baked ideas. I think he was best when he was on that US morning show making Brezinski's daughter look a complete moron and his talks on spirituality were a breath of fresh air, very well articulated and right up my street. But anyway, he's just some guy, on a journey, like the rest of us.

Oh yes and I loved the singer last week, but maybe she needs to work on her song titles. :)
Moe Hill said…
'Ello DoctokDoes,


Thanks for your reply.

For sure there's anger, in any case. As you reacted to Nick's display of disappointment in Brand, I reacted to your comment because I saw something that I've been becoming increasingly allergic to.

No hard feelings I hope, best of luck.
@DoctokDoes said…
Hi Moe, no hard fillings on my part, all the best & long live the Cult Of Nick.

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