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Eddie Izzard’s kiss of death to Scotland

Game over: Eddie Izzard has cursed the union. The comedian who once championed equal clothing rights has waded into the debate over Scottish independence, to the horror of supporters of the union.

You might imagine that we unionists would welcome a celebrity endorsement – even from a c-lister like Izzard. But he has a dreadful track record when it comes to these things. He was a devout Europhile who campaigned for us to join the single currency. He supported Gordon Brown and Labour at the last election. He backed Ken Livingstone last time round in London. And who can forget Izzard’s deathless contribution to the Yes2AV campaign?

A source at the Better Together campaign tells me: ‘Eddie’s going to be sending out the message from the rest of the UK – “Scotland, please don’t go” – in his own unique and brilliant way.’ That’s certainly one way of putting it.

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