Yes – well spotted! CAR SLOGAN FREAK is an anagram of CLARKSON and FARAGE! Am I the only person to see a striking likeness between these two? I don’t mean in looks or in politics but in the public perception of and support for these two charismatic individuals?
Clarkson has apparently had a punch up with a BBC assistant producer over a lack of food after a shoot for his Top Gear programme and been suspended by the BBC with his next two hugely popular programmes not to be screened. I am not a “petrol head”; a car is a means of getting from A to B – nothing more, nothing less – so RPM, brake horse power and other motorist gobbledygook is beyond me.
I would not choose to watch Top Gear but my partner, Lynda, thoroughly enjoys it and is
more of a petrol head so I find myself with the TV blaring the intrepid three in their weekly adventures while I will probably and sadly be penning a blog or some other nerdy task. However, Clarkson’s latest fracas with the BBC has warmed the cockles of my heart. I do not approve of his taking a swing at a BBC assistant producer but I am heartily sick of the BBC’s political correctness and its blind adherence to a number of PC nostrums. I will mention only the European Union, gay marriage and climate change but you will know the direction of my travel. In fact, I will add a fourth example. Several days per week, I need to drive into Banbury at 10:15 am. The car wireless only has one station as far as I am concerned – Radio Four and known in better days as the Home Service. However, at this time of day, I find myself assailed by the acutely feminist and PC Women’s Hour. I have asked before why women have an hour when men do not but never had an answer. So, well done, Jeremy, you say things that are banned; you say things that we are repeatedly told are no longer acceptable and yet thousands of people think the same things and often say them. It is no surprise to me that there is a petition to reinstate your programme with 350,000 signatures and rising. I don’t think I will sign it because I assume you will simply move over to Sky and the dreaded Rupert Murdoch but, at least, he will give you free reign!
And the likeness with Nigel Farage? Well he simply says what people feel and would say more often if they felt free from the fear of the PC brigade. A residue of loyalty to the Conservative cause prevents me from supporting Farage or from voting for any of his candidates, most of whom seem slightly mad or singularly unfitting for government. I wish I could believe that our own Party had a surefire selection process that guaranteed the best person to represent the interests of their constituency but I fear that would be asking a lot. So I will say “Good Luck Nigel. Keep a pint glass in one hand and a cigarette in the other and keep saying what people want to hear and what they believe. You will never be Prime Minister but you will remind electors who love their country and want it to remain free, British and based on the rule of law and you may even help the Conservative Party to find its way again.”
If you do not win a parliamentary seat, maybe Clarkson will add you to his team on his new Sky programme?