Does anyone sum up the worst aspects of the 21st century more than Jeremy Clarkson? Had we even heard of him ten years ago?
Clarkson is little more than a motoring journalist who got lucky. He presents Top Gear with two other petrol heads but he is the alpha male . Loud and Indeed a loud mouth.
Petrol Heads don’t drive the kinda cars that ordinary decent folks drive….a Kia Carens since you ask. They drive NEW cars. They drive EXPENSIVE cars. They drive FAST cars….and they like to be seen doing it. Which means they have little time for speed limits, speed cameras, parking restrictions, vehicle taxation, global warMing.and cyclists. Especially cyclists.
Clarkson has made a career out of being controversial. Top Gear is merely the day job. Panel Shows, newspaper columns, friend of Prime Minister David Cameron and the Chipping Norton Set….he has become extremely rich being the poster boy for Political Incorrectness.
Love him or Loathe him….it is a carefully crafted persona. He takes pot shots at political correctness, the Labour Party, Greens , foreigners and when challenged, retreats behind being a national character or even a National Treasure. When he goes too far….he can blame that he was taken out of context or even a VICTIM of Political Correctness.
So …..a year ago on a live TV show, he suggested that strikers should be shot dead in front of their families.
The BBC received thousands of complaints. Clarkson apologised. He affected to be wounded that people would take him literally. He did not seriously want strikers shot dead….well, yes that’s true oOf course but nevertheless for one of the BBCs stars to talk in those terms is de-humanising. It cheapens discourse.
So if a Celebrity jokes about murder on a TV show in front of two million people…that’s ok….not criminal. But if a teenager puts a similar comment about police on Facebook….that’s not ok. Thats…criminal.
One law for Celebrities.
Unsurprisingly Jeremy Clarkson is a guest at Margaret Thatchers funeral. The BBC agonises about that Ding Dong song….and doesn’t wish to offend. Double standards.
There is a screenplay waiting to be written. Two Funerals, One Wedding, One Jubilee, One Olympics and Too Many Bankers. Diana’s funeral and Thatchers funeral bookend sixteen years of tackiness.
The funeral will stand the test of time, It will be studied by historians, people too cowered now to speak about the nauseating spectacle that it is.
Diana was divorced from the Royal Family. As such she was not entitled to the State Funeral that the Daily Mail and The Sun demanded. Someone wrote the words “Ceremonial Funeral” on the back of a cigarette packet and hey presto….we had a precedent. A “ceremonial funeral” is de facto a State Funeral.
Thatcher is having a ceremonial funeral…all the trappings of a State Funeral, while pretending that it is not a State Funeral. Thatcher….who never served a day in uniform will be put on a gun carriage and paraded thru Londons streets with seven hundred troops. She was never a “royal. Never a commander-in-chief.
Oddly Britain values TRADITION. BRITAIN HAS NOW INVENTED TRADITION. That will have consequences.