Jeremy Clarkson: "Gordon Brown is a one-eyed Scottish idiot."

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, renowned for speaking his mind, has caused controversy after calling British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a "one-eyed Scottish idiot."

Clarkson is, quite rightly, probably wondering what all the fuss is about.

After all, Clarkson is right. Gordon Brown IS Scottish (born in the rough Govan area of Glasgow in 1951 and is the MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath), he HAS got one eye (he lost an eye after being kicked in the head whilst playing rugby in 1967), and he IS an idiot (he is partly to blame for Britain's recession and, anyway, a typically dour, miserable, gloomy Scotsman is probably not the right leader in the middle of the biggest recession since 1980).

So why all the fuss?

Clarkson made his comments in Australia whilst on tour with Top Gear Live.

He compared the Prime Minister unfavourably with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who had just addressed his country on the scale of the economic downturn.

Clarkson also insulted the French. Whilst talking about Top Gear's motorcycle stuntmen, he said: ‘They’re French, so if they get killed it’s not the end of the world.’

Clarkson waters down his apology to Brown, saying: 'I'm sorry for calling him one-eyed and Scottish but not the idiot bit'

By Liz Thomas
07th February 2009
Daily Mail

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson today watered down his apology to Gordon Brown after calling him a 'one-eyed Scottish idiot'.

The BBC presenter, in his weekly newspaper column, insisted he was only sorry for making the joke about the Prime Minister's nationality and his sight problems.

'I very specifically apologised for making fun of his personal appearance - very specifically,' he wrote.

'I have nothing against the Scottish and of course I regret making any remark that might have upset the disabled. But the idiot bit - there is no chance I'll apologise for that.'

Mouthing off: Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond pose for photographs in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

His rather more diluted apology came hours after he was forced to issue a swift statement to save his BBC job after the comment emerged.

Insiders said that following the furore over Carol Thatcher, the BBC would have to be seen to be taking a hard line on him if he had failed to apologise fully.

In his statement Clarkson, 48 – who is paid £2 million a year by the BBC - said: ‘In the heat of the moment I made a remark about the Prime Minister’s personal appearance for which, upon reflection, I apologise.'

The presenter made the offensive remarks in Sydney whilst hosting a press conference about Top Gear Live, a stage version of the popular motor show.

He compared the Prime Minister unfavourably with Australian premier Kevin Rudd, who had just addressed his country on the scale of the economic downturn.

Clarkson then accused Gordon Brown of lying before insulting him over his lack of sight in one eye, the result of a rugby accident in his teens.

He said to the audience: ‘(In the UK) we’ve got this one-eyed Scottish idiot, he keeps telling us everything’s fine and he’s saved the world and we know he’s lying, but he’s smooth at telling us.’

Injury: Gordon Brown, pictured yesterday in Downing Street, lost the sight in one eye in a rugby accident when he was a teenager

The presenter appeared to acknowledge that he had been rude almost immediately. He said to co-star Richard Hammond: ‘I said that out loud, didn’t I?’, before laughing the situation off.

Public anger escalated in the UK, with some calling for the corporation to take Clarkson off the air.

Lord Foulkes, a former Labour Scottish minister, said: ‘If the BBC banned Jonathan Ross for what he said and they have taken Carol Thatcher off air for something she said in private, then something should be done about Clarkson.’

Attraction: Clarkson also revealed a secret crush on feminist Germaine Greer

Lesley-Anne Alexander, chief executive of the Royal National Institute of Blind People, said: ‘Mr Clarkson’s description of Prime Minister Brown is offensive. Any suggestion that equates disability with incompetence is totally unacceptable.’

Although Downing Street has declined to comment, arguing that ‘Mr Clarkson is entitled to his own interpretation of the economic circumstances,’

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson, gave a caustic reaction. ‘I’ve got absolutely no repeatable views to express on Mr Jeremy Clarkson,’ he said.

Clarkson also insulted Top Gear fans at the event describing those that come to the studios as ‘apes’.

He also talked about the programme’s motorcycle stuntmen, saying: ‘They’re
French, so if they get killed it’s not the end of the world.’

The BBC issued a statement noting that the presenter had apologised and said no further action would be taken because of this.

The corporation remains accused of hypocrisy after axeing Carol Thatcher from
her role as roving reporter on The One Show after she called a black tennis player a
‘golliwog’ in a conversation that took place off air.

Asked about the difference in the corporation’s treatment between the two, Miss
Thatcher’s agent Ali Gunn said: ‘The BBC operates with double standards. It would be nice to know where they draw their lines.’

A corporation insider said: ‘He [Clarkson] has given an unconditional apology, we have accepted it so there is no need for further debate.’


Jeremy, you have just skyrocketed in my estimation !

- Graham, Bradford

couldnt agree more jeremy

- mabalsa richie, cardiff, wales

"Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray said: 'Such a comment is really a reflection on Jeremy Clarkson and speaks for itself."

Yes, it reflects extremely well on Clarkson as a speaker of the truth... And he IS only saying what we all know...

- Epimethean, Reigate, Surrey

Jeremy would never make an MP as he speaks the truth.

- owldshep, UpNorth England

I think Clarkson is spot on. Of course the scottish think he is the right man to lead th uk. The majority hate us down south.
It's time this unelected man was made to leave. If the Scots like him so much perhaps they will take him of our hands so he can ruin the Scottish Economy.

- Bunty, Epsom,

Why the false fury. If Jeremy Clarkson has told the truth - he's untouchable.
He has done just that - told the truth.

I'd like to tell the truth also - the primeminister is an idiot. The thing about the
' truth ' is that it has a nice ring to it...... you know it when you hear it.

Thank you, Mr Clarkson, could I invite you to give your opinions on the rest of this Labour government ?

- Michael, Yorkshire, ENGLAND

Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray said:
'Most people here are proud that the Prime Minister is a Scot and believe him to be the right person to get the UK through this global economic crisis.'


- Eric Reid, Chester U.K.,

It's a pretty fair take on the PM, but a little tame compared to what most think about Gordon Clown.
Scottish politicians' comments just show how out of touch with reality they are.
Brown is an unelected goon who has robbed the UK coffers and left us with 3rd world country status.
Brown could prove how popular and well thought of he was by calling a general election that he owes us!

- C Pearce, Camberley UK
Last edited by Blackleaf; Feb 8th, 2009 at 12:23 PM..
Clarkson is a right wing ideologue, a loud mouth. He is Britain’s version of Rush Limbaugh. I don’t know why BBC keeps him on; they should have booted him long time ago. His heroes are Thatcher, Reagan and Bush (both the Bushes); he thinks Obama is the spawn of the Devil. No wonder he badmouths the PMs of Britain and Australia (both of them belong to the Labour Party).

His proper role is as a columnist with Daily Telegraph or Daily Mail, not spouting right wing hate propaganda with a progressive institution like BBC.
As to these ‘readers’, what do they read? Daily Telegraph, I bet. These are the British equivalent of the ‘dittoheads’ of Rush Limbaugh, representing the extreme right in UK.
For a nation overrun by civilizing hordes too many times to mention, the British are strangely xenophobic.