Russell Brand has been causing his unique variety of ripple with politicians and comedians alike over the last couple of weeks.

Brand sat down for a cosy chat with The Huffington Post UK Political Director Mehdi Hasan, and a live audience, to chew over the big issues of the day, and you can watch the whole thing, 'A Brand New Politics', right here.

Below, is the liveblog we ran, with the best pictures, quotes and tweets, as it happened.

This content may contain adult themes and language that may not suitable for children. The views expressed by Russell Brand may not be the views held by Huffington Post.

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Is this a new hand tattoo?

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"I am happy in the moment. I am happy to be here and speak about things that I really care about. This is the best moment," Russell says.

But...

"I do regret going to that Philip Green party."

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We shouldn't have to wait for that, says Russell. The hospitals, the schools, are all in place, it's the philosophy that needs to change.

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So when he goes to Topshop launch parties [as he did this year, a lady in the audience points out], does he question Philip Green about his ethics?

"I am not talking from outside the system," Brand admits. "I am not better or different than you. I have done terrible things in my life. i am a scumbag dirty drug addict. I have done nasty things in my life. and going to parties like that is one of the worst things I have done. And if I went there again, I would ask him."

He has a huge respect for UKUncut and Occupy, and disappointed they were caricatured as "crusties" and "hippies".

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Brand's talking about spiritual development, meditation and personal development.

"I've been following you for a while," says one guest. "And I have never heard you talk about class."

"I am British, you can't help realise class has been a divisive influence for a very long time. We are being turned against one another, for example, the EDL are worried about Muslims and immigrants, when there's nothing for people to worry about," Brand says.

"I would get less money under the utopian system I am describing, so I have nothing to lose from this. I am talking about the super rich global elites, who are not contributing to this country."

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Sorry, Russell says, he's in a relationship.

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"I don't think I am a sexist. But my grandma, she was the loveliest person ever, but she was a racist.

"I know i have great love of proletariat linguists, so I do call people 'darling' and 'bird', but also things like 'mate'.

"If women think i am sexist, they are in a better position to judge, so I will have to say, if they think that, ooooo eeerr, I will work on that."

Candid stuff.

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"I became an authority because I was a drug addict," Russell admits. "I am famous now and if I talk bullshit, I will be in the papers and if talk about important stuff, it will get in the papers.

"There are certain people like me, who have an illness can't take drugs or drink safely, they should remain abstinent, one day at a time. There's no point in making people criminals, if they are not very well.

"If you've ever been around drug addicts, you'll know they are fucking annoying and they are not doing for pleasure. They are doing it because they can't cope with being alive."

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He is not interested in press regulation. "I personally just ignore it now, when people write stuff about me."

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Brand says he naturally sides with the under-dog.

"The onus lies with the more powerful party. If you have the power, you have the responsibility. That's out of Spiderman. It's a very complex conflict, I prefer to focus on humanitarian and spiritual aspects," he says.

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He's like Professor Yaffle in BagPuss. "Everything people bring into his shop, he says 'Oh, that's rubbish'."

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He's not done much wrong yet, says Russell. The Royal Family he feels conflicted about, he knows he shouldn't support it, but compares it to the Olympics.

"I didn't really agree with it, but I wanted to cheer on those people getting medals."

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"What defines a hero, if not someone willing to sacrifice themselve for others?

"Private Manning and Edward Snowden, put themselves at risk for rest of the lives because they believe in something."

They are heroes of his, he says.

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Um. He doesn't know who that is. When Mehdi tells him, he's not keen.

On Syria, he says he is devastated by the pictures from the war-torn nation. But not pro-intervention.

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Like him on Have I Got News For You. But "he's got hair like a baby bird, who let him run a city?"

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Mehdi mentions Tony Blair, Ed Miliband, David Cameron, Nelson Mandala, and asks for one word Russell associates with that person.

Russell's not quite getting it, he's replying with around 500 words, rather than just one...

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'When I grew up in a hum-drum town, like a Morrissey lyric, I want to be rich and famous.

But I have been inside now, I have been through the looking glass, and I feel empty inside," Brand admits.

His politics is fuelled by a sense of optimism about human nature. "I think we are basically alright, human beings. Whenever there is a disaster we help each other out. Why dont we cultivate those instincts?

Capitalism doesn't have to exist, says Brand. "Capitalism is held in place by lies, police and military. it is held together with fear."

People vote for it though, says Mehdi. "Well stop it, stop voting."

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'I feel that I have more in common with the people we are bombing, than the people doing the bombing."

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'They are not doing enough, I am not prepared to turn up like an obedient little prisoner," Brand says, when confronted about his non-voting.

"They are selfish, they have only known privilege."

Even if a candidate came along who was from the same background as Russell, but didn't agree with him on everything? "No. Fuck him. They are not different enough."

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Here's the open letter from the Peep Show star

"Just in case anyone else from Peep Show is worried, I am against death camps. In case Super Hans is worried, I am not a Nazi," says Brand.

No-one has to die in the revolution, Brand says. "I am not saying smash people's stuff up, and definitely no killing." He's a vegetarian, after all. He wouldn't kill a fly, and he extends that to David Cameron and William Hague.

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"I don't agree with the labels. I recognise in myself my capacity for lustfulness, selfishness. I would prefer a culture that did not reward the most negative aspects of human nature.

Are Tories evil? "I don't think tories are evil, I think we have an evil system, and I don't want to advance it.

"But the idea of evil is trite. You can be selfish, i can be selfish, but we don't want a culture that rewards selfishness."

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"Lefty, as opposed to righty?"

Russell says he doesn't feel like he fits those paradigms. "I haven't been asked to guest edit the Mail or the Spectator..." he says.

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I don't know, he admits.

What will become of Russell Brand? , the Observer asked in 2007.

"I just carried on being the person I am. I haven't changed since I was six or seven years old," Brand admits.

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The crowd cheers as Russell relaxes into the armchair.

"Thanks for inviting me to your pretend front room," he says. He's very welcome..

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