A very funny man…but didnt he let himself (and the REMAIN side down) on Question Time last night. Wearing the same shade of lipstick and that pink beret with the British Flag that he wore when debating Sammy Wilson (DUP) in Belfast last week…he seemed programmed to shock rather than seriously debate.
That pink beret with the Union Jack button does nothing for him. He just looks like a transgendered member of Ulster Resistance from the Ulster Hall thirty years ago.
Sitting beside Nigel Farage (UKIP), Eddie Izzard performed the near impossible act of making Nigel seem more reasonable. Eddie came across as simply boastful that in embracing in proclaiming his transgendered nature and running marathons, he was a beacon of light in a horrible world.
Worse…..he simply miscalculated the studio audience. He was more bigoted than any closet racist who intends to vote LEAVE. And tactically he got it wrong…he didnt seem to realise that the LEAVE campaign is a coalition and yet he only seemed to see them as “Little Englanders” or worse.
Nor did he seem to realise that nationalists in Scotland and Wales are part of the REMAIN coalition. While a consequence of a LEAVE vote may be the break up of the “United Kingdom”, and it is completely valid for British people who love their nation to worry about this, it is equally valid for Scottish and Welsh people who love their nation to promote nationalism.
Shockingly Eddie Izzard managed to offend his coalition partners as much as he offended his enemies. And he managed to offend neutrals and fence-sitters. A very curious performance.
WHY did he do this? Well….simply he knows no other way. He is a performance artist and a luvvie who lives in an artistic bubble. He is probably ….in his own view of himself….the most sophisticated person in Britain. And he is dismissive of people who are not sophisticated.
As I wrote last week…..the Referendum is in part a contest between the Sophisticated and the Unsophisticated.