Whispers reach Mr Steerpike that disgraced journalist Johann Hari has been tasked with ghost-writing Russell Brand’s next book, the much-dreaded revolutionary manifesto to ‘establish a personal and global utopia’.

Mr S asked Brand’s publishers Random House for clarification. At first they wouldn’t comment; but then a publicist said that was the first she’d heard of it, and insisted that Brand will be writing the book himself.

What a pity. Mr S can think of nothing better than a revolutionary tract written by Johann Hari in the voice of Russell Brand. After all, Hari has form when it comes to impersonation.

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