Cover of MoneyWeek magazine issue no 665

House prices: boom or bust?

8 November 2013 / Issue 665


  • We should follow the Swiss lead on bosses' pay
  • Is it time to buy back into global banks?
  • The stunning downfall of Brazil's richest man



John Stepek

Russell Brand’s revolution

Comedian Russell Brand has gained a lot of column inches over his disillusionment with our political system. I watched his interview with Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman on Youtube to see what all the fuss was about. What could he have said that was so profound, so radical, to have got so many people talking?

It was a letdown. Brand boasts a passing resemblance to Che Guevara and he’s giving voice to a sense of outraged, foot-stomping impotence that it’s easy to empathise with. But in terms of content, it’s drivel – like watching a precocious 14-year-old rant at an indulgent uncle.

In short, there’s too much inequality in the world, and it’s the fault of evil corporations and their puppet politicians – particularly, in some not-entirely-explained-way, Tory politicians. So don’t vote, because it only encourages them. If you’ve ever been to a debate in a student union (or in the bar afterwards), you’ve heard it all before…

• Read the full editor’s letter here: Russell Brand’s revolution