CLARKSON KERFUFFLE – GIVE ME STRENGTH!
THE main story of the past seven days appears to be that a man famous for saying controversial things said something controversial.
Last time I could be bothered to look, 31,000 people had contacted the BBC to complain that Jeremy Clarkson, while a guest on The One Show, had called for striking public sector workers to be shot.
In fact he called for no such thing. He was joking. It wasn’t even his best gag. A bit like shouting “ARSE” at a Nativity play, it gets a few nervous chuckles but it ain’t up there with Morecambe and Wise.
The reaction, though, was deeply unfunny.
Unison – which I am told is a trade union, though it sounds like a transsexual dating agency – took legal advice about whether Clarkson should be reported to the police. The same police who are sort of busy looking for murderers and granny rapists and burning records of all that money they took from the News of the World.
I’d be cock-a-hoop if I were a Unison member – paying subs every month only to see that money being spent paying a top lawyer to investigate whether a man can be prosecuted for saying something daft on telly. Here’s the answer for nowt: no he can’t.
Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said: “It is only right he apologises for the huge offence he caused to public sector workers and their families.”
“Huge offence”? Only if you have a severe persecution complex bordering on dangerous paranoia.
It’s a good job that psychiatric nurses are members of Unison – because it sounds like the head honcho is in need of their attention.
The GMB union went skipping further down the road to insanity, suggesting Clarkson make a huge donation to the families of union members executed in Guatemala. Can you follow that reasoning? Nope, me neither.
Of course, the whole sorry episode got out of hand thanks to modern technology’s device for making a mountain out of a molehill: Twitter.
Within mere minutes, various lefties had posted links to the BBC complaints website, urging anyone outraged by Clarkson’s comments to vent their spleen.
So they did. By the thousand. Even people who had little or no idea what he’d actually said called for Clarkson to be sacked, maimed or shot in front of his family.
And you’d imagine that quite a few of them were not joking.
Because history teaches us that lefties love shooting people for holding opinions they do not agree with.