The pre-season rumour mill has Manchester United purportedly offering Barca £24million for Cesc Fabregas. For just over half that sum the Red Devils could buy Jeremy Clarkson. The divine JC took home a £14million salary from the BBC last year for his work on Top Gear. That’s fourteen million reasons to pay the license fee, if you ask me.
While not being a petrolbrain by a long way -I don’t do hand brake turns and I feed the wall prodigiously- I do think Clarky’s programme is entertaining in spare parts and a whole lot better than most other BEEB fare. You don’t need to be a petrol face to like it. Naturally, a lot of the segments in the show are stage managed but that’s the way TG has evolved over the years. You don’t want the car to get stuck in a rut, now do you?
Coming to Clarky, there has been disgust and anger at his take home pay. As for his personality JC does have his sceptics as to whether his deliberate courting of controversy is to help inflate his wage packet. His outspoken views are mainly done with his tongue in cheek rather than foot in mouth so I’ll give the man the thumbs up. Take the money and drive, I say.
Some of Jeremy’s archive-
“The Suzuki Wagon R should be avoided like unprotected sex with an Ethiopian transvestite”
“When I was in the middle of ‘Red Storm Rising’ by Tom Clancy – which was not selected for the Man Booker shortlist – you could have taken my liver out and fed it to the dog. And I wouldn’t have noticed.”
“Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary… that’s what gets you.”
On the Lotus Elise: “This car is more fun than the entire French air force crashing into a firework factory”
“ Britain’s nuclear submarines have been deemed unsafe… probably because they don’t have wheel-chair access”
“This car was so exciting, I actually needed window wipers on the inside”