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Russell Brand asks 'is the establishment riddled with paedophiles?' in latest Trews YouTube video

Comedian and activist side-steps the formal inquiry to take on the 'paedophiles in Westminster'

BY JENN SELBY

Russell Brand has turned his attentions back to the government in a revolution-rousing episode of his YouTube series called ‘Is The Establishment Riddled With Paedophiles?’

Seemingly side-stepping the formal inquiry, he gives his opinion on the investigation into an alleged paedophile ring in Westminster following the death of Lord Brittan.

The former Home Secretary’s retirement after years of public service has been dogged by controversy over the alleged cover-up of child abuse on his watch.

In 1983, Lord Brittan was handed a 40-page dossier by the Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens, which allegedly documented the involvement of well-known figures in a child sex ring. The dossier has gone missing, but he had denied failing to act on the file.

Last week, Labour MP Tom Watson said he had spoken to two people who claimed they were abused by the Conservative peer, including a witness known as Nick who alleged he had been attacked more than a dozen times as a boy. He also claims to have seen the politician assault others.

“It’s not for me to judge whether the claims against Lord Brittan are true, it’s for the police to investigate these claims as they continue to do so,” Watson said. “But I believe the people I’ve spoken to are sincere.”

“Well, I think it is for me to judge,” Brand counters, before launching into his dissection of the reported events.

His comments come after an episode of the satirical series earlier this week, in which he called on viewers to push for a British equivalent of the Greek left-wing party Syriza that has just swept to power.

“If we had a party like Syriza in Britain, I would vote for it,” he said. “I would urge you to vote for it. What this is an opportunity for us to bully, galvanise, push political powers into representing us properly.”

Further reading

Leon Brittan sex abuse allegations: Two claim they were child rape victims of late Tory peer

Operation DeathEaters: Anonymous calls for activists to help expose international paedophile networks 

Kincora: Army ferried 'top MI5 officer' to two meetings at boys' home

Sex assault Tory MP visited Kincora boys' home, claim retired detectives

PM leads tributes to Leon Brittan

Westminster child abuse inquiry to hear Margaret Thatcher was presented 'allegations of unnatural sexual proclivities' after file found in National Archives

Child abuse inquiry: Three MPs and three peers named in paedophile dossier handed to Scotland Yard

Child abuse inquiry: Met Police investigate alleged murders of three young boys by VIP paedophile ring

Westminster child abuse dossier: Geoffrey Dickens also gave copy of file to top prosecutor Sir Thomas Hetherington - so why did DPP fail to act on evidence of paedophile ring?

Tory peer Lord Brittan defends handling of 1980s sex abuse dossier 

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