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Tuesday, 9 December 2008

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One lorry driver's reaction to Clarkson's comments

A typical bad taste joke made by career clot / overpaid Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson concerning lorry drivers murdering prostitutes wasn't really very funny, TV regulator Comoffit has ruled.

The media regulator received 3,398,000 complaints and the BBC more than 17,800,003 over the comments made by Clarkson last month during a Sunday evening Songs of Praise sermon.

Comoffit ruled Clarkson "Is a total pillock and used exaggeration to make one of his trademark lame jokes. We realise Mr. Clarkson is about as funny as chemotherapy, but that's the best product the BBC can scrape out of the bottom of their proverbial barrel nowadays."

The presenter's comments came after forklift truck driver Lefty Wright was given a community service order sentence last February for killing five prostitutes in Ipswich.

At the close of his Songs of Praise sermon, Clarkson drew comparison with everyday jobs and that of a lorry driver. To quote: "Other people's jobs always seem better until you come to do them. Take lorry drivers: change gear, pick up prostitute, change gear, have a grope, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, change gear, dump body, change gear, pick up another slut, handbrake on, more murder. That's a lot of effort in a day."

Comoffit added it considered the majority of the Songs of Praise audience would have understood Clarkson's comments as being made for comic effect, and were in keeping with what would normally be expected from someone of his gutter press background and established reputation for opening his mouth before engaging brain and uttering stupid remarks.

The report further stated that while Clarkson's comments were in poor taste they were not meant to imply all lorry drivers were prostitute murderers, only a small percentage.

Last month Labour MP for Ipswich Reginald Mole called for Clarkson to be sacked, labelling his tasteless comments "a dismissible offence".

Five women working as prostitutes were murdered in Mr Mole's constituency in 2006, which is a fair indicator of the type of law and order situation that exists in Ipswich under Mole's leadership and administration.

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