The BBC was forced to apologise on behalf of Jeremy Clarkson last night after the Top Gear host told viewers watching The One Show that he’d have any public sector workers who strike killed. “I’d have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families,” said the man who enjoys a bloated salary from British tax-payers through the licence fee.
“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 presenter continued on his rant by attacking public transport: “I do sometimes use the train to come to London but it always stops in Reading. It’s always because somebody has jumped in front of it and somebody has burst. You just think, why have we stopped because we’ve hit somebody? What’s the point of stopping? It won’t make them better.” Nice.
Labour’s shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, Jon Trickett, later said: “No-one wants these strikes but most of today’s strikers are mums, not militants. Clarkson should apologise. And the prime minister should make clear he disassociates himself from the distasteful remarks uttered by one of his friends.”
At the end of The One Show Matt Baker issued an on-air apology stating: “Although we enjoy Jeremy’s views, which he sometimes exaggerates for comical effect, we are seriously sorry if his comments about deaths on the railways has upset anyone.”