It was a stupid ‘joke’ which showed his opposition to strikers. It was a ‘joke’ which showed a lack of understanding or respect for hard workers in the public sector. But it was typical Clarkson.
For me, the most offensive comments were “the rest of us work for a living”, “do I know anyone in public service? Of course not” and telling strikers they should remember we’re in tough times.
For this, I think he should feel ashamed. These are the people who pay the license fee which pays for his vast Top Gear salary, who watch his shows, who buy his DVD’s, his books and who read his newspaper articles.
He’s out of touch. He’s attacking those who give him a career. A BBC journalist should know better and show better judgment.
And whilst we are indeed living in tough times, Jeremy Clarkson has, I’m sure, negotiated many contracts during his career to make sure he’s paid what he feels he’s worth.
It will be up to the BBC if they feel they can continue to give a platform to someone who makes inappropriate ‘jokes’, offensive comments and whether he has become an embarrassment to them.
He may have indeed also become an embarrassment to his friend, David Cameron.
Maybe Mr Clarkson should stick to talking about cars. He used to be good at that.