It seems that Jeremy Clarkson has said that the Public Sector strikers should be shot. Cue waves of outrage from people who don't watch Clarkson, and didn't hear what he said.
"Frankly, I'd have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families. I mean, how dare they go on strike when they have these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living?"The Beeb is clearly nervous: the One Show episode seems to be blocked on iPlayer, but you should be able to find it on You Tube - I did.
Of course, anyone who watches Top Gear will know better than to take what he says seriously. But really, you don't have to be a fan of Top Gear to realise that the rent-a-rant brigade have escaped the orbit of Planet Perspective.
The curly one had just been saying how great the strike was:
Presenter: Do you think the strikes have been a good idea?Remember when we didn't have to cope with useless security theatre every plane journey? How much safer are we really because our shoes and belts are x-rayed instead of going through a metal detector?
Top Bloke: I think they have been fantastic. Absolutely. London today has just been empty. Everybody stayed at home, you can whizz about, restaurants are empty... Airports, 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.
And then, in a gentle reference to the BBC's tendency to indulge in a slightly spurious balance on any issue, he continued:
Clarkson: ...But we have to balance this though, because this isHas our culture of political correctness gone a bit too far? Even the PM
Prestenter: Yes, exactly.
Clarkson: Frankly, I'd have them all shot...
has had to say this was a silly remark. But really, all he needed to say was
that it wasn't government policy.
I'm not sure that the semi-hysterical cries in the media for sackings and apologies are really necessary. Get over it.
Enough ranting from me. I'm sure there are people who, even more than the strikers, should be rounded up and shot. Any ideas?