He’s faced vexatious legal actions, police visits, magazine articles misrepresenting his positions, threatening letters hand-delivered to his home. A production of Father Ted, the musical, has been in the works for five years, but when it opens at last, he knows there will be a campaign to close the show down.
All this could kill his comedy career, but still he carries on. “If my house was on fire, I wouldn’t be able to sit down and write a sketch,” he says. “It’s not only on fire, half the house is gone.
“All I can do is keep ringing the bell because, as far as I’m concerned, this is second only to climate change as being the most important thing happening today. It’s an absolute onslaught on women’s rights, they’re actually returning them to the pre-suffragette era.”