Hard to believe, but Russell Brand keeps winning me over. First, it was his down to earth piece about Amy Winehouse where he breaks down addiction:
"All addicts, regardless of the substance or their social status share a consistent and obvious symptom; they're not quite present when you talk to them. They communicate to you through a barely discernible but unignorable veil. Whether a homeless smack head troubling you for 50p for a cup of tea or a coked-up, pinstriped exec foaming off about his speedboat, there is a toxic aura that prevents connection. They have about them the air of elsewhere, that they're looking through you to somewhere else they'd rather be. And of course they are. The priority of any addict is to anaesthetise the pain of living to ease the passage of the day with some purchased relief."
And now this:
Speaking truth to power is necessary. Sometimes we need someone with access to do it for us.
But I'm still clear that Arthur was kind of a mistake.