Thursday, December 01, 2011

Jeremy Clarkson calls for the execution of public sector workers on strike

No, really:



Clarkson: "I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families. 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 irony is that Clarkson is a highly paid television presenter working for the publicly-funded BBC and, well, may likely have a much better pension than most in the country.

The BBC has issued a swift apology and the story has (unsurprisingly) made headlines today. I expect there will be more on this story soon.

The BBC apology can be found here. Clarkson has not yet apologized for his comments. On Clarkson's likely pay package, see here.

UPDATE: One of the trade unions involved in yesterday's strike, Unison, has called on the BBC to sack Clarkson and Unison is considering possible legal action. Details are here.

UPDATE 2: Clarkson has apologized at last.

UPDATE 3: My interview on "Clarksongate" with BBC Radio York can be found here (from 16 mins).

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