Actor and comedian Eddie Izzard is five years away from running for office, but he told Ora.TV host Larry King that he’s confident that he can count on popular support.
“I’m kind of ambitious. I’m positive on people,” Izzard explained. “I want me to do well. I want everyone to do well. I hate the right wing. I hate religious extremists and political extremists, and I think the vast majority of the world are with us. It’s like we’re all generally center-right, center-left, center-center. And that’s 80 to 90 percent of the world.”
The other 10 percent, he said, was made up of religious extremists who had “simplistic” political ideas.
“Politics is complicated. But the public who elects us, they want us to get the complexity and try and drive a simplified field through it. Get a direction on it.”
Izzard, a Labour Party member since 1995, confirmed in 2013 that he would seek election as mayor of London. If a fellow party member is already in office, however, he said he would campaign to join Parliament, instead.
“It doesn’t have a large amount of power, but it’s very high-profile,” he told King. “A profile equivalent to a Cabinet minister. If you’re a Cabinet minister, that is a high position of power. But it’s more of a cheerleader for London. You’re in charge of transport, and police.”
“What do you think of [David] Cameron?” King asked, referring to Britain’s current conservative prime minister.
“He is center-right, so I’m okay with that,” said Izzard. “He’s not my party — ‘It’s more about the few than the many.’ He said he wouldn’t take apart the National Health Service, and he sort of did.”
Watch Izzard’s comments, as posted online on Thursday, below.
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