Jeremy Clarkson controls a great swathe of the British nation! What he says goes with such a very influential sector of society that he could theoretically run for office and get it.
He is the ultimate petrol head so the pains and anguish of global warming have not really impacted on his behaviour, except it has made him weigh up the options of whether the thrill of driving the latest Ferrari should be impacted by his contribution to the melting of glaciers in Greenland? In the end driving of the Ferrari was always going to win. As he once famously stated on the downside of global ”….let’s just stop and think for a moment what the consequences might be (of global warming). Switzerland loses its skiing resorts? The beach in Miami is washed away? North Carolina gets knocked over by a hurricane? Anything bothering you yet?”
His panache at getting up the noses of left wing environmentalist is a wonder to behold. He does it so effortlessly and this makes it all the more surprising that he has been said to hate the concept of shared enterprise run by the government made of applied liberal thinking by working for the BBC and making loads out of the poll tax on electronic media usage. He has made a mint out of the BBC and its flagship motor program Top Gear.
The reason why men tolerate his hypocrisy is that he is the sort of character you would want to have a drunken Saturday in pub on a hot summers day. His ‘cheeky chappy’, wantonly arrogant, yet deceptively correct world views do hit a spot when your brain is hurting with other pressures. It is lazy thinking but it is also funny and cavalier. Nothing shakes up the intelligentsia more than a right wing populist.
Jeremy Clarkson is like a sub-prime Berlusconi without the ‘bunga bunga’ parties. Clarkson wont do anything remotely illegal but he will capture a certain zeitgeist which enthrals a grateful nation.