Friday, 2 December 2011

A storm in a Top Gear cup

The ongoing story about Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s remarks about shooting strikers is truly a non-story invented by left-wing union leaders who took the comments completely out of context.

Jeremy Clarkson at Heathrow Airport yesterday

A simple reading of the transcript of the entire interview illustrates that Clarkson both praised and criticised the protestors:

“Matt Baker: Now, at the end of a day where Britain has seen some of its biggest strikes, what we need is someone calm and level-headed.
Alex Jones: Yep, a guest with balanced, uncontroversial opinions, who makes great effort not to offend.
Matt Baker: And we've got Jeremy Clarkson!
[studio laughs]
Jeremy Clarkson: Thank you very much.
Matt Baker: So Jeremy, schools, hospitals, airports, even driving tests have been affected. Do you the strikes are a good idea?
Jeremy Clarkson: It's been fantastic. Seriously, never had … London today has just been empty. Everybody stayed at home, you could whizz about, your restaurants were empty.
Alex Jones: The traffic actually has been very good today.
Jeremy Clarkson: Very light. Now airports, you know, people streaming through with no problems at all and it's also like being back in the 70s, it makes me feel at home somehow.
Alex Jones: Do you know anybody who …
Matt Baker: [interrupts – inaduiable] – being on strike today?
Jeremy Clarkson: What, in public service? Of course I don't. No, absolutely. We have to balance it though, don't we because this is the BBC.
Alex Jones and Matt Baker: Exactly.
Jeremy Clarkson: Frankly, I'd have them all shot!
[studio laughs]
Jeremy Clarkson: I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families. I mean how dare they go on strike when they've got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living?
Matt Baker: Well, on that note of balancing an opinion of course those are Jeremy's views.
Jeremy Clarkson: I just … ! I was just giving two views for you!
Alex Jones: Well, we will be talking to Jeremy more later.”

The Right Honourable Edward Milliband MP

Clarkson, a friend of both David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks, plainly was making a joke in his remarks and the reaction against them represents nothing other than political point scoring. Instead of focusing on his lacklustre record, The Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, Ed Milliband, took the time to describe the remarks as “disgusting.”

Robert "Bob" Crow

Meanwhile Bob Crow, the foul-mouthed RMT union leader, described Clarkson as “grossly offensive” and a “man who bleeds a fortune out of the licence-payer for poncing around the world driving luxury cars.” That these comments come from a man who is paid nearly £150,000 a year yet lives in a housing association owned property just about says it all.

As ever, it is always those in glasshouses who hurl the stones.


Anonymous said...

Clarkson is a legend.

Amber said...

Bob Crowe is truly awful. Clarkson is truly cool.

Scarlett said...

I disagree with you on this. Clarkson went too far. He should learn to keep his "cool" remarks to himself. Talk of executing people is not funny.

Anonymous said...

I think Jeremiah should be knighted for such sensible behaviour.

David Swift said...

Like all storms this one has already passed. Good.