If I want to hear an bracing view of politics from someone outside the Westminster Village who has a big idea about how to put the world to rights, I will ask an old friend of mine who teaches Mindfulness. This explains why I spend no time on Russell Brand.
Indeed, I only know three things about him. The first is that he he is left-wing. The second is that he believes voting is a waste of time. The third is that he has just written a book.
It follows from all this that Brand can’t really be left-wing at all, since the main effect of his efforts will be to persuade younger left-wing people not to vote. He must therefore be a secret agent employed by Grant Shapps, and a covert believer in the long-term economic plan, a secure future, hard-working people who play by the rules, etc.
Younger voters still tend to back Labour – and vote less than older ones anyway. The Brand gambit may drive the number lower still. This is a genius ploy by the Conservative Co-Chairman, sorry, Chairman.
Oh, and another thing. Brand is apparently into meditation and very rich. His brilliant ideas must account for the wealth. Or perhaps all very rich writers become left-wing. Or both. Maybe my friend should write a book.