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Brand May Have Helped Labour Get the Backing of People Who Usually Don't Vote, But Now Ed Must Deliver

With the general election at the forefront of everyone's minds, the gloves have come off and the whole country wants a piece of the action - The UK has gone bonkers.

With the general election at the forefront of everyone's minds, the gloves have come off and the whole country wants a piece of the action - The UK has gone bonkers.

David Cameron has been spotted pledging to working class people with his sleeves rolled up in a desperate attempt to convince the British Public that he's willing to do the graft for this country.

Nick Clegg is been travelling the length of the county preaching of an 'alternative' to Labour's mass of 'borrowing' and the Conservative's continued austerity plans. Election polls and coloured graphs seem to be popping up on every TV screen, tablet and phone in sight. Nigel Farage has released a party election broadcast with him pretending to be the Dover coastguard, once again breeding hate and wrongly blaming immigration for our country's economic problems. More worryingly, the papers have been showing their true political stances using desperate measures by indoctrinating readers with elitist jibes at party leaders - The Sun in particular calling for voters to 'Get Red Ed OUT'. Blood, sweat and tears have been shed in the run up to the election, but one thing I feel has really made a significant impact to undecided voters is Ed Miliband's decision to do an interview with comedian Russell Brand on his Youtube series The Trews.

They called it the most important political interview since David Frost and Richard Nixon; a bit farfetched but nevertheless it was an interview that signified how modern celebrity culture can play a part in political influence and it could make its way into the history books.

Brand can get people's backs up. My girlfriend complains about his , 'Messiah complex' - I get what she means and I fully agree, however I advocate his decency and devotion to educating the British people on matters that have caused our country such economic disparity as a result of the political establishment's capitalist regime. Brand is able to reach out to so called 'apathetic' non- voters and teaches the politically disengaged that change can happen and only we as a society can claim our democracy back. I disagreed with him in his Paxman interview when he told people not to vote. I was also quite surprised. I thought a man with such passion for democratic reform and social justice would either vote Green, or tactically vote Labour to get the Tories out. Either way, Ed Miliband seized upon a perfect opportunity to address the disengaged and use Russell Brand's left-wing celebrity status as a catalyst in which to engage with the people of Britain. No political jargon, just an interview addressing the issues in UK government that Labour will pledge to address. Call it a PR stunt, call it what you like, Miliband made an excellent choice by deciding to take the interview in Brand's home and he is far more open-minded than David Cameron in that respect.

Love or loathe celebrity culture, Miliband saw a route to reaching a new audience and executed the interview with complete dignity and a clear agenda.

In recent weeks Ed Miliband has really come into his own, I think he will win over the public's hearts, but he must deliver on his promises over the next term if he is to become Prime Minister. Because of our dated 'first past the post' voting system he is the best of a bad bunch, voting Labour is our only option to get the Tories out. David Cameron's reign must come to an end. He talks about a fairer economy, yet his chancellor George Osbourne has borrowed more money in three years than Labour borrowed in thirteen. He speaks of supporting hard working taxpayers and his friends in the glass towers are dodging our tax system. The Tory government does not aid the people they were elected to serve, only a wealthy minority of privileged people. For real change, we need social equality.

We need to see the end of austerity measures, an end to businesses, banks and the rich avoiding tax and the poorest amongst being left broke. We need more available housing for people, a living wage for all, an NHS we can be proud of that is not privatised, an education system that's affordable, an end to zero hour contracts. These things won't change overnight, but they will never change if we elect David Cameron for another term. His pals and massive corporations will continue to benefit whilst we suffer and continue to live outside our own means. There is no fair distribution of wealth, but there can be.

There is something you can do to make change happen. Vote Labour.