Russell Brand is wrong to tell young people not to vote says Richard Bacon

“I think saying things like ‘Don’t vote’ are very unhelpful. I don’t agree at all with that. Russell has a young following, and if you do what he says, politicians won’t take any notice of you”

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Richard Bacon has slammed Russell Brand’s call for people not to vote as “very unhelpful”.

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Speaking about his new Channel 4 programme about wealth inequality, Bacon tells this week’s Radio Times that Brand should use his influence more wisely.

Asked if his own attacks on wealth disparity have echoes of Brand’s anti-politics tirades in his recent book Revolution, Bacon says: ‘“That’s the last thing I want to do. It’s not a left-wing student tirade. I think saying things like ‘Don’t vote’ are very unhelpful. I don’t agree at all with that. Russell has a young following, and if you do what he says, politicians won’t take any notice of you.”

Bacon’s one-off Channel 4 show How Rich Are You? airs on Monday 10th November and examines the polarisation of wealth in the UK and promises to be passionate, polemical and controversial.

“We’re setting ourselves the very modest target of starting a revolution,” he says.

“Our wealth gap is the worst in Europe. Countries with big inequality gaps have big prison populations, have worse obesity rates, are less trusting, and have higher rates of violence. The gap matters, and we want people to understand that. Inequality is a great issue of our time without people being aware of it. We’re all talking about Ebola and Isis, but this is something that is really affecting our country.

 “We’re not sitting around saying let’s put a great big tax on wealthy people, We’re not communists. It’s not something crazy. We’re just asking, ‘Has the gap got too big?’ Yes, it has. It’s got to a point where it’s out of control and people are going to have to start talking about it, and we’re starting it.”

For more of the interview read this week’s Radio Times.

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