Ed Miliband was ridiculed last night over his desperate attempts to cosy up to loony leftie Russell Brand.
The Labour leader was accused of putting on a “mockney” accent when interviewed at the anti-capitalist comedian’s £2million London home in a video chat.
He stunned the country by agreeing to meet Brand, who has described Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls as a “clicky-wristed snidey ****”.
Critics said the Labour boss, who could be representing the UK on the world stage within days, had demeaned himself by going through with the interview.
And angry Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday described Brand, who also claimed all politicians are frauds and liars, as a joke.
A 90-second trailer of Mr Miliband’s bizarre chat was released on Brand’s YouTube channel The Trews.
Mr Miliband yesterday faced a wave of criticism for agreeing to meet former drug addict Brand, who has 9.5million Twitter followers, on Monday evening.
Aides tried frantically to keep the event under wraps, but a leaked snap showed Mr Miliband getting into his chauffeur-driven car under cover of darkness after the chat.
Brand has previously called for an “orgy” of banker bashing, urged people not to pay their taxes and said that profit is “a filthy word”.
He once demanded “a socialist egalitarian system based on the massive redistribution of wealth, heavy taxation of corporations and massive responsibility for energy companies and any companies exploiting the environment”.
CAMERON: ‘RUSSELL BRAND’S A JOKE’
Mr Cameron hit out at Brand at an event in Enfield, North London, saying:
“He says don’t vote. That’s his whole view, ‘Don’t vote, it only encourages them’ or something. It’s funny, right? It’s funny, but politics and life and elections and jobs and the economy, it’s not a joke.
David Cameron said –
“Russell Brand’s a joke. – Ed Miliband, hanging out with Russell Brand, he’s a joke.
“This is not funny. This is about the election, this is about our future, this is about jobs, it’s about the economy, it’s about the recovery. I haven’t got time to hang out with Russell Brand. This is more important, these are real people.”
Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who clashed with Brand on the BBC’s Question Time, said he was an “entirely negative influence on British politics”.
He added: “To tell young people not to vote is shameful.”
Mr Miliband said he “profoundly” disagreed with Brand’s call not to vote, but insisted he had been right to meet him.
He said: “Some people were saying the campaign was too boring so I thought it would make it more interesting.
“I’m going to go anywhere and talk to anyone to take that message out to people about how we can change this country so it works for working people again. Russell Brand asked me for an interview and I was very, very happy to accept.”
Mr Balls, who previously called Brand a “Pound Shop Ben Elton”, said: “There are lots of people who watch his channel. If Russell Brand wants to do an interview and Ed Miliband goes and does it, that’s good.”
Brand hit back at the PM on Twitter.
Poking fun at the Tory leader for getting the name of his favourite football team wrong, he said: “Don’t be jealous Dave — I’ll run into you at West Ham.”
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Mr Miliband and deputy Harriet Harman had already palled up with hard-left SNP chief Nicola Sturgeon, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams and union boss Len McCluskey.
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