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RUSSELL BRAND'S ANTI-VOTING RANT CONDEMNED BY POLITICIAN

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - Russell Brand has come under fire from a high profile U.K. politician who has accused the comedian of eroding the country's democratic system by encouraging youngsters not to vote in elections.

The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star hit headlines last year when he urged the public to stop voting and called for a revolution to change Britain's political system, saying, "Don't bother voting. Stop voting, stop pretending, wake up, be in reality now. Why vote? We know it's not going to make

any difference."

Brand's comments have angered former Education Secretary David Blunkett, Member of Parliament (MP), who claims the actor is causing major problems as voter turnout among young people continues to decline.

Blunkett tells the Bbc, "there's a corrosive influence taking place and Russell Brand is part of that. I'm fully in favor of people being highly sceptical - that's part of a healthy democracy - but not cynical. And what we've moved to, too often, is just straight abuse, so they're not actually very funny either which is, in my view, quite a problem... Older people, wealthier people, better educated people, engaged people (are more likely to vote)... And who vote the least? Young people, poor people, badly educated people."

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