As a mob in Make America Great Again hats stormed the US Capitol buildings, Eddie Izzard was doing her bit to bring some good back into the world.
Every day this month, she will run a full marathon followed by a live comedy show. The aim is not only to raise money for charity, but to unite people in the fight against the extreme right.
“Churchill’s generation was chosen by fate to fight against the extreme right. And our generation has been chosen again to fight against the extreme right. So that’s the way it’s going to be,” the comedian and activist said, in an interview for the cover feature in this week’s Big Issue.
“This is our fight. This is a fight for people, for our place, our continent, for our world. For humanity. The fight is now and so we have to step up to the plate.”
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Despite the events in Washington DC, Izzard said Trump’s electoral defeat was a positive sign for the future: “I feel a corner is turning, a tide is changing.”