Daniel Radcliffe: modern politics is “disillusioning, bickering and exhausting”

"I think the next thing I’m going to get excited about is Eddie Izzard running for London mayor," says the Harry Potter star

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Hot on the heels of Jeremy Paxman’s denunciation of modern politics, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe says he too finds the whole thing “disillusioning”.

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“The first time I voted, I felt I had graduated as a full member of society,” says Radcliffe in an interview in the new issue of Radio Times magazine. “But politics is disillusioning; it’s just bickering, it’s exhausting.” 

After Radcliffe declared his affiliation to the Liberal Democrats when he turned 18, party leader Nick Clegg wrote to him and asked him to “help out with youth policy”.

“I was like, ‘No, no, no, I do not speak for my generation!’” says the 24-year-old star.

A similar thing happened when he said he would consider voting Labour a few years ago.

“The headlines were ‘Dan Loves Red Ed’…” says Radcliffe. “You know what? Like everybody else I change my mind. I’m not an affiliate of any party.” 

However, the actor – who is estimated to be worth £60m, according to the most recent Sunday Times Rich list – is not likely to opt out of the electoral process altogether, as Paxman did one year.

“I do vote – I think it’s important,” he says. “I think the next thing I’m going to get excited about is Eddie Izzard running for London mayor. He’s really interesting, super-smart and brings a huge amount of integrity – something that we definitely don’t have today.”

Radcliffe stars in the new series of the drama A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories on Sky Arts.

Read the full interview with Daniel Radcliffe in the new issue of Radio Times magazine, on sale now


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