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Motormouth’s sinister joke

ON THE evening of the public sector strike Jeremy Clarkson, presenter from BBCs Top Gear programme said he wanted to see all strikers shot in front of their families. The BBC received over 21,000 complaints from members of the public, no doubt many of whom had been on strike and were paying Clarkson’s wages through the TV license.

Whilst many on the right rushed to defend Clarkson’s comments as a joke – it revealed a sinister under current in society. No one should imagine that Clarkson is alone in holding extreme anti-working class views (just as he holds strongly racist, sexist and anti-environmentalists views), and they should certainly not be dismissed as merely ‘silly’, as Prime Minister Cameron did the day after.

They come from a hatred of working class people fighting back that right wing prats like Clarkson thrive on – the malicious details of being shot “in front of their families” showed a desire to seriously terrorise people, the kind of actions we saw in Chile when Pinochet took power and slaughtered trade unionists and the left. The ‘joke’ is even more reprehensible in that there are many trade unionists around the world who lose their lives every year for standing up to corporations, gangsters and pro-market governments. International labour organisations report that 101 were killed in 2009 and 90 in 2010.

The BBC is reticent to take action because of the kind of profits that Top Gear generates for them – one of their most popular shows which is shown in around 100 countries with an alleged audience of 350 million people – it regularly uses crude racist humour and has an overt climate change denial message which is in clear breach of the BBCs guidelines. But with it generating so much money, the BBC will find any excuse to brush the controversies under the carpet.

If he is not sacked then perhaps the BBC can do what a popular facebook status is suggesting – send him to Colombia to make a documentary about murdered trade unionists

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