Nothing funny about Twaddell crisis, Russell Brand
It is not only those in the loyalist protest camp at Twaddell Avenue who have been surprised by the appearance of comedian Russell Brand in their midst. That seems a strange meeting but perhaps he feels that as someone who has never voted and who recently guest edited a special revolution-themed edition of the New Statesman political magazine he shares the ideals of some of those in the camp.
Nevertheless it is difficult to see what he could constructively bring to local politics which often degenerate to a level even beyond the comic's surreal brand of humour.
Certainly the situation at Twaddell Avenue is no simple laughing matter.