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BBC's Clarkson: Shoot the strikers

2011-12-01 12:20

London - The BBC was forced to apologise on Wednesday after television presenter Jeremy Clarkson said public sector workers taking part in a 24-hour walkout should be shot in front of their families.

The national broadcaster issued an on-air apology, saying Clarkson's comments on The One Show were a misjudged attempt at comedy.

When asked what he thought of the strikers, Clarkson said: "I would have them all shot".

"I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families," added the presenter best known as the face of the BBC's top-rated "Top Gear" car show.

"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?" he said.

CNN chat show host Piers Morgan, a long-time foe, slammed Clarkson on micro-blogging website Twitter.

"Just to be clear, Jeremy Clarkson thinks underpaid, overworked nurses on strike today should be 'executed in front of their families'," he tweeted.

British unions claim that up to two million public sector workers walked out over changes to their pensions while thousands marched through central London and Manchester, northwest England.

Outspoken Clarkson previously caused outrage when had described former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who lost his sight in one eye in an accident suffered while playing rugby as a teenager, as a "one-eyed Scottish idiot".

Comments
  • Sagin - 2011-12-01 13:39

    Nice one Jezza! Please people we all know Jeremy is the village idiot, but he is our village idiot, and we like him. Anyone who gets their nickers in a twist, over anything Clarkson has to say, needs to grow a sense of humour.

  • Fidel - 2011-12-01 14:28

    You have to laugh. The British government gave everyone a paid day off for the Royal wedding and that didn't cost a penny, but a day of strike action (unpaid) will costs the economy. I don't understand!

  • Maai - 2011-12-01 14:53

    Well said Jeremy. Im glad to see that there are still people that are not afraid of the PC police. Dont apologise. I agree, shoot strikers and ban trade unions.

      Fidel - 2011-12-01 15:29

      Why appeal to the unions? They are by constitution limited in what they can do - ultimate weapon is withdrawal of labour - strike - defensive. They don't formulate pro-active gov policies. If you sincerely want to avoid brute class warfare, espouse policies that actually help. Any rights workers have are testament to the millions before who took action collectively to improve their lives and the lives of their children. Right-wingers attacking Unions is code for minimising wages and maximising unemployment, and most of the working class know it. Without strikes and direct action, unions are as good as dead.

      Maai - 2011-12-01 15:38

      @Fidel the only right that a worker needs is the right to resign if he is not happy. It is that simple.

  • Seths - 2011-12-01 20:02

    Amen to Clarkson! Freaking hilarious!

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