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UK: Clarkson sacked from Top Gear

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Jeremy Clarkson was sacked from the BBC’s Top Gear program last month after he punched a producer in a row over what he considered to be inadequate catering.

By Socialist Party reporters

While many have been appalled at Clarkson’s brutish and bigoted behaviour, the British Tory Prime Minister David Cameron used parliament to defend his “friend”, describing him as a “huge talent”.

Cameron, who along with Clarkson and other personalities form the elitist ‘Chipping Norton set’ made no reference to Clarkson’s well documented racism, nor to his rant against public sector workers back in November 2011, when trade unionists were forced to strike for a day to defend their inadequate pensions from government attacks.

The ageing petrol head Clarkson, who was earning £1 million a year from TV licence fee payers to air his prejudices, railed against the striking workers “with their gilt-edged pensions… while we have to work for a living”.

This bilious attack was immediately followed with: “I’d take them outside and execute them in front of their families.” Clarkson later attempted to dismiss this chilling remark as a ‘joke’.

Mr Cameron it is by your friends that you shall you be known.


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