Brand for mayor
Russell's bid for power
The comic will support the Brand Spanking New London Party, which was set up by eccentric ‘Rainbow’ George Weiss.
Its policy is to create a leisure-based, cashless economy for London, with Hampstead – where both Weiss and Brand live – as its capital.
Weiss used to be Peter Cook’s neighbour and has previously launched such parties as Make Politicians History and the What Party.
He had been seeking a figurehead for his latest movement, and unilaterally decided Brand would be the perfect candidate to stand against Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson
He said: ‘I was hoping Peter Cook would take this role, but sadly he passed away, and I want to ask Russell to take up the mantle. I know he has a shine to Peter in his home.’
But Brand told listeners his Radio 2 show ‘I’m not going to stand unless I win’ – hence the online petition.
He said: ‘If you want to run this city you have got to be serious. I am only going to start a revolution if it is a proper one, not based on alchemy and vouchers.’
As of last night, his appeal at russellbrandformayor.com had attracted just over 800 signatures.
Posted: 21 Oct 2007