Oisin Soars

JeremyI am not a huge fan of Jeremy Clarkson. But I might as well confess at the outset of this post that I am one of the half million people who signed the petition for his reinstatement.

He is a shade boorish for my taste. But he does sometimes make me smile, and even sometimes makes me laugh. And although he is not hugely funny, he is funnier than Charlie Hebdo.

Therein lies the point. He stands as a beacon against political correctness. It is hard to know which is worse: an organisation run by misogynistic men (supported by subservient women) or an organisation run by intolerant wimmin (supported by subservient men). Anyway, Jeremy Clarkson has plainly been for some time the victim of something of a witchhunt by the latter.

It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out. Jeremy is plainly hated by the wimmin at the BBC, but will they cut off their noses to spite their faces? Top Gear is one of the few programs that actually makes quite a lot of money for the BBC by its overseas sales (apparently to something in excess of 200 countries!). But it is quite possible that these people would prefer to lose all of this money, and hence potentially their jobs, rather than see Jeremy Clarkson on their television screens.

Tellingly, his co-presenter James May said something along the lines of “He is a knob, but I quite like him”. It is a remark which might well be made about many people who are rallying points for free speech.

oisinWhatever happens, the overwhelming probability is that Jeremy Clarkson will still be on the television screens, although perhaps on behalf of one of the other channels rather than the BBC, and the producer with whom he had a scuffle – Oisin Tymon – is likely to benefit. Suddenly, he is famous. And it is hard not to believe that the people at BBC will give him a lot of money. Because he failed to organise dinner. Or because he had a scuffle with Jeremy Clarkson. All because he will sue them for elf’n’safety. Or, quite simply, because he is not Jeremy Clarkson. These things tend to be tribal. And anyway, Oisin is an Irish name meaning “little deer”. Bless.

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