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Morrissey backs Russell Brand over political furore

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Nov 19, 2013 | 7:11am EST

Singer Morrissey has thrown his support behind Russell Brand's controversial call for a re-think on democracy. Get Him to the Greek star Brand caused a stir in his native U.K. last month (Oct13) when he revealed he refuses to vote in national general elections, as he believes the current political set-up doesn't work. Now the former The Smiths frontman is backing Brand's suggestion of an alternative form of government. In a statement posted on fan website True-to-you.net, Morrissey writes, "Thank you to Russell Brand for standing up and speaking out in recent weeks. Like anyone who speaks out in modern Britain, he has been shot down. Nothing must interfere with the depressive psychosis of modern Britain, which has become a most violent and melancholic country, with no space for measured debate. "Like Russell, I believe that the most powerful vote you can give is No Vote; for the days of prime ministers have gone, and it's time for a form of change that is far more meaningful than simply switching blue to red."

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