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Russell Brand And Nigel Farage's Fight Got Much More Personal After Question Time

12/12/2014 11:48 GMT | Updated 12/12/2014 11:59 GMT

Russell Brand and Nigel Farage's clash on the Question Time panel may have seemed a bit muted, but they saved their best barbs for afterwards.

The flamboyant comedian said on Thursday night's show that the equally colourful Ukip leader was "not a cartoon character" and branded him a "pound shop Enoch Powell".

But the pair have both written pieces after Question Time which show the fight is far from over, as they have saved plenty of catty asides and jibes for each other.

After getting back home from the show, which was recorded in Canterbury, Brand took to his blog to mock Farage over how how much he drinks and for his "worse than stagnant" politics.

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"Nigel Farage in the flesh, gin blossomed flesh that it is, inspires sympathy more than fear, an end of the pier, end of the road, end of days politician, who like many people who drink too much has a certain sloppy sadness," he wrote.

"Farage is worse than stagnant, he is a tribute act, he is a nostalgic spasm for a Britain that never was; an infinite cricket green with no one from the colonies to raise the game, grammar schools on every corner and shamed women breastfeeding under giant parasols."

Brand also accused Farage of telling the Question Time audience in response to a "practice question" before recording started that he supported parents smacking their children as "it’s good for them to be afraid".

The comedian added: "There is a lot of fear about in our country at the moment and he is certainly benefiting from it."

Farage, in turn, gave as good as he got, using his Independent column to mock Brand for his styling and his "stock statements".

"Everyone fancied that Mr Brand and I might butt heads, but actually, as we entered the studio, and his personal make-up artist straightened his chest hair for him, I kid you not, I realised that perhaps he might be a bit lighter weight than expected," he wrote.

"For all Mr Brand’s posturing, he was really quite limp. Maybe it was the chapstick that his make-up artist applied to his lips at the last moment, but he didn’t seem to utter a word of sense."

He rounded off: "I know what you’re really reading this to hear. And that’s my take on Russell Brand. The leader of the revolution. The messiah of hipster, new media. The doyen of stock statements and half-funny jokes. Well I’ll tell you what I found out tonight: the messiah has feet of clay, and the revolution is not occurring on Mr Brand’s side – it’s happening with UKIP, and it’s happening fast."

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