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Tuesday, 2 July, 2002, 13:12 GMT 14:12 UK
Geldof and Izzard square up
Geldof and Izzard are fighting opposite corners
The issues surrounding the euro are complicated at the best of times but now celebrities have added their two pence (or the equivalent in euros) worth to the mix.

Can the pull of the celebrity be enough to sway the opinions of the undecided? And if so, why should we trust comedian Eddie Izzard or singer Bob Geldolf and their views on keeping or ditching the pound?

BBC News Online takes an irreverent look at the reasons why we should or should not believe the words of the stars.


Bob Geldof: Anti-euro

Reasons to listen to him:

  • He is a businessman - His TV production company Planet 24 was responsible for launching Channel 4's Big Breakfast and sold his share in travel company Deckchair.com before 11 September knocked the stuffing out of the travel market.

  • Persuaded hundreds of musicians to give up their time for free for the Live Aid concert in 1985, and inspired millions to dig deep for famine relief in Africa.

  • Doggedly sticks to his guns - he is still campaigning for Africa 17 years after Live Aid.

  • Was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Was given an honorary knighthood in 1996.

  • Expressed the thoughts of a nation with his Boomtown Rats number one I Don't Like Mondays.

    Reasons not to listen to him:

  • He saddled his children with the names Fifi Trixibelle and Peaches.

  • Was a journalist before turning to music.

  • Does not know what a hairbrush is.


Eddie Izzard: Pro-euro

Reasons to listen to him:

  • Promotes various charities including the Prince's Trust and Amnesty International.

  • Prince William is a big fan - although he might not not back Izzard's views on the euro seeing as he is destined to adorn pound notes one day.

  • Has appeared on the panel of BBC One's Question Time, proving he can be serious some of the time.

  • His humour transcends boundaries - he has even cracked America with his unique sense of humour.

  • He appeals to the masses - one comedy tour was seen by 35,000 people.

  • He can speak to our European cousins in their own language without having to shout really loud. He promised to perform his stand-up routines in English, French, Italian and Spanish when he launched his "yes" campaign.

    Reasons not to listen to him:

  • He looks better in a dress and make-up than some women.

  • Experienced poor judgement in picking movies - he starred in the universally panned remake of The Avengers.

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