The Church of England is working hard to ‘counter’ the comedian after he appeared to encourage people not to vote.

But in his latest YouTube video, Brand said that the Church is speaking out on issues he has previously raised. ‘Me and the Church are saying the same thing: politics is broken,’ he says.

‘We need to create a new politics, new political alliances that go way beyond voting and into direct action; helping people where we see that help is required; ignoring and opposing these systems when necessary.

‘What we need to do is engage ourselves spiritually – whether that’s from an atheistic perspective, a Muslim perspective or a Christian perspective – to challenge these institutions that operate only on behalf of one another and are not interested in truly helping us.’