Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The voice for the voiceless speaks again
As evidenced by his vast viewership, British broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson speaks for a lot of people. And that popularity protects him from Britain's vicious speech laws
Ed Miliband today accused TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson of ‘belittling’ people with mental health problems.
Mr Mililband said stars were wrong to make light of mental illness, as he unveiled plans to tackle what he called ‘the biggest unaddressed health challenge of our age’.
He added: ‘Jeremy Clarkson, who may have at least have acknowledged the tragedy of people who end their own lives, goes on to call them "Johnny Suicides" whose bodies should be left on train tracks rather than delay journeys.
Jeremy Clarkson caused controversy last December after criticising people who kill themselves on train lines. The notorious presenter said that anyone who committed suicide in this way was 'very selfish' for traumatising train drivers and inconveniencing commuters.
He went on to label those who killed themselves 'Johnny Suicide'.
Clarkson claimed that train drivers involved in these cases are 'traumatised for life', and complained that passengers would 'have to sit around for hours'.
And he added that trains should not wait until all the remains of the body had been removed from tracks, saying that drivers should instead 'get the train moving as soon as possible and let foxy woxy and the birds nibble away at the smaller, gooey parts that are far away and hard to find.'
You may not agree with him but there is no doubt that many people think similarly. Only Clarkson is allowed to say it though. Whether Clarkson actually means it or believes it himself is an open question. He too is an undoubted stirrer, witness his Indian train stunt.