“Compared to the buffet of neoliberal homogeneity that we chewed through in [the 2015 U.K. general election],” says Russell Brand in a recent “Trews” epsiode, “the possibility of voting for a politician that offers change seems oddly exotic.”

On Thursday, British voters will head to the polls to choose between giving the current conservative prime minister, Theresa May, five more years to rule — as she and the Tory Party wish — or giving Jeremy Corbyn, the anti-war, pro-human rights, “caring socialist” leader of the Labour Party, a chance to effect change.

“This election, called in a cynical attempt to further punish the real people of the country in the service of a privileged few, could be more than a chance to make voting mean something,” Brand concludes. “It could be a chance for ordinary people to take back our country. It could be a revolution.”

— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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