Lloyd Evans Lloyd Evans

Meet the Brexit party’s secret weapon: a stand-up comedian

He looks nothing like a financial expert. Moneyweek journalist, Dominic Frisby, has a huge Santa beard and he dresses like a funeral director from a Roald Dahl fantasy: a top hat, a white shirt with wing-collars and a flowing silk cravat. As a gesture of solidarity with the gilets jaunes he sports a bright yellow high-vis waistcoat as well.

I meet him at the Edinburgh festival just after he finishes his stand-up show, Libertarian Love Songs. Frisby has recently been adopted as a parliamentary candidate for the Brexit party and he’s keen to parade his skills as a financial commentator rather than as a clown:

‘I got interested in politics after I started investing in gold in the early noughties. And gold is a very political investment because it used to be money. And from there I discovered how the system of money works and the sheer size of the state. I became a classic “libertarian” or whatever word you want to use.’

Before the referendum he considered British democracy, ‘a charade. The 2001 general election was won on the lowest turnout since the first world war. Take Lambeth. It’s never going to be taken by anyone but the Labour party. People didn’t care about politics. Their vote counted for nothing.’

Then came the referendum:

‘Finally, there was an election where your vote actually mattered. It ignited the public imagination like nothing had before. And it’s important for the future of our country that the result is taken seriously.’

As an aside, he says that David Cameron blundered fatally during the campaign:  

‘He’s an instinctive Brexiteer but he got caught up in this web of “I’ll vote Remain”. He didn’t need to tie himself to the Remain mast. And that doomed him.’

Frisby has been warned by fellow comedians that entering politics will expose him to the death-mobs of Twitter.

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