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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Shock! Horror! Jeremy Clarkson actually says something I agree with

Ok he's said stuff about cyclists that's utterly indefensible and may of influenced idiotic driver behaviour, however if you peruse this recent interview, Clarkson comes out with this absolute pearler:

The American motorist is the most aggressive creature on earth'
And then there's the politics. This car means you are aligning yourself with US policies. You're driving around saying you support the war in Iraq and the strategy in Afghanistan. Maybe you do. But I don't.

So I am now going to hell for posting this on a cycling blog? Dunno, one thing's sure as far as I'm concerned. We're all been rudely shoved into this geopolitical mess together, the Poms, Aussies & the 49% of Americans who didn't vote for Bush. So if one petrolhead comes out against neocon stupidity, I suppose it's could be read as simplistic, but potentially benefical. As for Clarkson's attitudes towards cyclists, you can take heart from the statement by Robert Hanks in The Independent, (12th June 2006)

Motorists: Cyclists are not another species - most of them drive cars at least some of the time - and they’re not, by and large, wilfully stupid or reckless. But they experience the roads differently from you … So be patient.

After all, it’s not as if getting rid of cyclists is a realistic option now - there are too many of them, and the numbers are growing all the time. And a few years down the line, as petrol gets more expensive, you might well end up as one of them yourself.


  • Yep. Strange days indeed.

    By Anonymous Phil, at 8:24 pm, September 24, 2006  

  • Booya! What they said.

    By Blogger hippy, at 8:21 am, September 26, 2006  

  • Great post and very true.

    By Anonymous James, at 6:22 pm, September 27, 2006  

  • Clarkson, albeit surprisingly thoughtful in what he said, still has a lot of ground to make up.

    What annoys me is that he isn't stupid, just morally very questionable. He must know some idiots use the ridiculous rubbish he spouts (I imagine simply for shock value and to get on the TV more) to justify feelings and actions to themselves. Still, he seems to ignore this and happily continue in his bigot fuelling vein. Even if he's not causing danger/bother for people directly, he's making the arseholes who do act dangerously in cars (I'm sure there are many other facets of life he assists the bigoted's self-conviction in too but road danger seems most prevalent here) believe it's okay to do that. He seems to have no conscience about this whatsoever.

    By Blogger 3Ply Stagliano, at 2:54 am, October 05, 2006  

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