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Not Good Enough
So Jeremy Clarkson apologized for referring to the Prime Minister as a ‘one eyed Scottish idiot’.


Clearly I have made enough comments myself about the PM, and questioned his competence (with justification). However I would not make snide remarks about someone’s disability. Clarkson’s behaviour (which is typical of him) is totally inexcusable. I suppose he thinks the curt apology is in itself funny. Well no it’s not. It is obvious to most people (though clearly not to Clarkson) that the most upset was caused because he was ridiculing a DISABILITY. That is not funny, never has been and never will be.

Sadly Clarkson is not on his own in this respect. I saw the BBC Panorama programme the other day, presented by the so called comedian Frank Skinner. The overall theme was the prevalence of swearing on TV, and its alleged effect on people’s behaviour. Rather moronic really, but I won’t go into that right now.

One of the comments made by Skinner during the programme related to a ‘joke’ he told about how to avoid being beaten up late at night – pretend to have MS (hence no one will come near you). That is obviously just as unfunny as Clarkson’s remark. The excuse from Skinner was that he was making an observation, and not ridiculing MS sufferers per se. He concluded that upon reflection his conscience was clear. I dare say it is, but that was the only programme presented by Skinner that I have ever watched, and I don’t intend to repeat the exercise.

I think it’s high time the TV companies sent the so called celebrities that appear on their programmes on disability awareness training. If the back room staff at BBC and ITV have to abide by Equal Opportunities legislation and the DDA, then why not those that massage their egos in front of the camera?