Russell Brand: we deserve more from our democratic system

I’ve had an incredible week since I spoke from the heart, some would say via my arse, on Paxman. I’ve had slaps on the back, fist bumps, cheers and hugs while out and about, cock-eyed offers of political power from well intentioned chancers and some good ol’ fashioned character assassinations in the papers. Continue reading …Read more

New Statesman: Russell Replies to Contributors. From Russell with love

From: Russell Brand To: Daniel Pinchbeck Never have you written more succinctly and irrefutably on this most nebulous and complex of topics. Excellent! Other than your dismissal of the term “Revolution”, which is the magazine’s theme and, I think, a necessary galvanising signifier for the previous generation and the more truculent members of the working …Read more

We No Longer Have the Luxury of Tradition: Russell Brand

When I was asked to edit an issue of the New Statesman I said yes because it was a beautiful woman asking me. I chose the subject of revolution because the New Statesman is a political magazine and imagining the overthrow of the current political system is the only way I can be enthused about politics. Continue reading here

Russell Brand: what I made of Morning Joe and Question Time

More from acute awareness of Instant Karma’s immediate sting than morality, I have learned to treat people apparently lacking power with cordiality. This means that when I arrived at the New York studios of Morning Joe, the gleaming, informal mid-morning MSNBC news analysis show, I was polite to everyone there. I was surprised by the …Read more

The whole joint is a deeply encoded temple of hegemonic power’

What does the slung about, bounced around adage that “Politics is show-business for ugly people” actually mean? I suppose that the narcissism and self-interest that motivates many entertainers is what lurks behind the ashen, jowly facades of most politicians. That politics is bereft of altruists, philanthropists and idealists but instead throbs and bristles with stunted …Read more

Russell on Margaret Thatcher: “I always felt sorry for her children”

One Sunday recently while staying in London I took a stroll in the gardens of Temple, the insular clod of quads and offices between The Strand and The Embankment. It’s kind of a luxury, rent controlled ghetto for lawyers and barristers, there is a beautiful tailor’s, a fine chapel, established by The Knight’s Templar (from …Read more

The radio show is back – we want to hear from you

Russell is back on the radio with Matt, Noel, Mr Gee and Trevor on Xfm Monday 18th March. We want you to send us your: – Nanecdotes – Gay – pictures of things for Noel to name (he claims he can name anything) – advice and problems you need help with – who were your …Read more

Russell Brand: My life without drugs

The last time I thought about taking heroin was yesterday. I had received “an inconvenient truth” from a beautiful woman. It wasn’t about climate change – I’m not that ecologically switched on – she told me she was pregnant and it wasn’t mine. I had to take immediate action. I put Morrissey on in my …Read more