The next Mayor of London? ‘Anti-politics’ comic Russell Brand targets Boris Johnson’s job
SELF-STYLED political theorist Russell Brand may be set to run for Mayor of London – despite admitting he has never voted in a general election.
Published: Sun, October 26, 2014
His spokeswoman refused to rule out the comic’s bid for the capital’s top role.
She said: “We’re not commenting.”
Brand, 39, is apparently considering standing on an independent “anti-politics” ticket.
He has caused controversy in recent months by urging fellow countrymen and women to stop casting ballots in a bid to overthrow the political system.
Brand’s new book entitled Revolution, in which he sets out his call for political change, includes some hints of his possible manifesto should he decide to stand as a candidate.
He admits he “can’t get my head around economics” declares his support for “collectives” and wants to ban fracking and the monarchy.
Recently Brand declared that he believes so strongly in his views that he is “ready to die” for them.
Only last week the comic provoked fury after saying he was “open-minded” about the idea that the US government was behind the 9/11 terror attacks.
He claimed there was an “interesting” relationship between the families of former US president George W. Bush and al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
Never one to shy away from controversy, Brand later went on to accuse the BBC of promoting an “anti-Islamic narrative” in its coverage of last week’s attack by a gunman on the Canadian parliament.
Last year Jeremy Paxman took him to task in a high-profile interview over his ideology and his claim that he has never voted.
The comic has plenty of time to make his final decision because nominations for London’s mayoral contest will not close for another five weeks, before the election in May 2016.
Brand is not the only comedian pursuing a career in politics.
Eddie Izzard, who previously campaigned for Ken Livingstone to be mayor, has confirmed he will throw his hat in the ring for the London mayoral race in 2020.
He said if he does not get Labour’s endorsement, he hopes to stand as an MP.