Jeremy Clarkson causes outrage over strikers comments

Jeremy ClarksonControversial presenter Jeremy Clarkson has caused outrage after saying striking public sector workers should be shot dead!

The Top Gear presenter, who is known for his controversial outbursts, was appearing on The One Show to promote his new DVD. Presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker turned the conversation onto the public sector strikes that took place today across the UK. Clarkson visibly shocked the two presenters when he launched an astonishing attack on the strikers. Clarkson replied ‘I’d have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families. I mean how dare they go on strike when they’ve got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living.’

Matt Baker and Alex Jones quickly apologised for Clarkson’s comments but viewers were quick to take to Twitter to voice their disapproval. The BBC is believed to have been flooded with complaints over Clarkson’s comments. Critics of the presenter will doubtless be quick to point out the amount he earns, from the BBC and his columns and other interests, is vastly more than the average public sector worker.

However, Clarkson didn’t stop at striking workers; he also caused outcry with his comments about suicides on the railways.  ‘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.’ There have already been some calls for the BBC to sack Clarkson over his comments.

Up to 2 million public sector workers, today, are believed to have gone on strike- and taken part in marches and rallies across the country – over a dispute with the Con-Dem government over changes to their pensions. The government wants public sector workers to contribute more towards their pensions, worker for longer but end up with less when they retire; the proposals have angered trade unions who have once again taken industrial action.

The strikes have divided public opinion especially as some elements of the right-wing media have distorted the facts and not accurately represented the issues; the term “gold-plated” has been used many times in reference to the public sector’s pensions but that term is more apt for the pensions that government ministers will receive when they retire. Unions have promised they are prepared to take further industrial action in the future.{jcomments off}