Why Russell Brand can’t be PM
This morning as I trawled through my various news feeds over breakfast I received an invite from a school friend asking me to join a Facebook page called ‘Russel Brand for Prime Minister’. It already had 25,000 members which I’m sure will be over a million by tomorrow morning.
While I’m a big (and by big I mean HUGE) fan of Mr Brand and truly believe it is at his very best when he’s improvising and speaking off the cuff, I’m a little bit worried he’s going to ruin it all by letting the popularity of THAT interview with Paxman tempt into the devils work of politics. I’m pretty sure when Russell talked about starting a revolution, joining a Facebook page wasn’t really what he had in mind – but again speaks volumes about how apathetic the world has gotten when pressing ‘like’ is seen as doing their bit to make change.
If you haven’t seen the interview – where have you been? – here it is:
While I love the fact this video has gone viral and judging by the number times I’ve seen different people like/share and post this on Facebook over the past couple of days, it’s really struck a cord. He’s a very clever man, a man who is using his profile in a very useful way to ask some important questions. He does it is in a manner that’s engaging young people. I challenge anyone to disagree with what he said on Newsnight. He’s clearly very passionate about the 3 things his PR team had drummed into his head to focus on:
- Saving the planet
- Fair distribution of wealth
- Addressing the needs of the people
It’s not to say I don’t think Russell wouldn’t have thought of these points himself, I’m sure he did, just as I’m sure his PR team aren’t a typical or as structured as David Cameron’s PR team, but there was a whiff of ‘structure’ and ‘repetition’ around his points that screams; media team.
I sat back and cheered along with everyone else when I saw him take on Paxman from the comfort of my sofa. “Hurray, finally he’s a man who talks sense and someone we can trust because he’s streetwise, from the underclass and is shaping up to be the ideal spokesman for the little man.
This is what scares me. He’s not really any different to any other politician I’ve ever met, seen or heard in the last 10 years. He’s egotistical, attention seeking, engaging, passionate, good in front of a crowd, wants to make a difference and wants to change things.
Check out any politician job description and you’ll see these listed under Key Skills. Most people go into politics because they want to make a difference to society, they want all the things on Russell’s to do list including his 3 point plan. That’s the point. No-one disagrees with him. That’s the utopia, the idealistic dream of a socialist society. The problem is we don’t know how to get there.
David Cameron doesn’t know, Obama doesn’t know, Tony Abbott certainly doesn’t know and neither does Russell Brand.
He admits in the interview he doesn’t have a solution, there is no alternative that the elected member system we have at the moment. There can’t be any other alternative as we’ll always need to have a democratically elected leader – it’s the fairest way to do it. But that leader cannot and should not be Brand. Can you imagine!
He’s an armchair critic just like the rest of us. He’s just a little bit more eloquent and entertaining and can score great ratings for ailing shows. He doesn’t have the answers either so please don’t push him into a place where he’s forced to make answers to these overwhelmingly huge problems by pandering to his ego and suggesting he goes into politics. He’s be subjected to the same pressure, corruption and barriers every other politician faces when trying to change the world and we’ll lose respect for someone we once thought of as a top bloke.
Remember when Jamie Oliver tried to change school dinners and give poor kids a job in a kitchen? Now we just think he’s a knob with too much money trying to flog yet another cook book.
Please let’s not do that to Russell. He’s hearts in the right place, just don’t give him the power to ruin it.