Surprise, surprise — the Left censures Jeremy Clarkson yet again.
Before you say ‘So what?’ — let’s look at the larger context of free speech with Clarkson as the usual target.
Yes, he speaks as he finds. This time he used what used to be a commonplace expression in the workplace: ‘I’d have them all shot’. My former colleagues and I employed it frequently up through the 1990s, then, suddenly it disappeared.
It’s because of a politically correct Britain which has produced a generation of whingeing metrosexuals between 1997 and 2010. Thank you, Labour. It seems that this is what Tony Blair meant by ‘education, education, education’.
What exactly did Clarkson say the other day on BBC’s The One Show? A commenter on one of the Clarkson threads at the Telegraph (blink182, 2 December, 03:07 AM) helpfully provided a transcript (emphases mine). You be the judge:
Well, Jeremy, schools, hospitals, airports, even driving tests, have all been affected. Do you think the strikes have been a good idea?
I think they have been fantastic. Absolutely. London today has just been empty. Everybody stayed at home, you can whizz about, restaurants are empty.
The traffic, actually, has been very good today.
Airports, people streaming through with no problems at all. And it’s also like being back in the 70s. It makes me feel at home somehow.
Do you know anyone who has been on strike today?
Of course I don’t, no. What, somebody public service? No, I don’t. No, absolutely. But we have to balance this though, because this is the BBC.
Frankly, I’d have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families. I mean, how dare they go on strike when they have these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living.
Well, on that note of balancing an opinion, of course those are Jeremy’s views.
Only Jeremy’s views.
They’re not. I’ve just given two views for you.
A Politics.co.uk story stated:
The outspoken presenter told the Times newspaper that he had cleared the remark with The One Show’s producers before the programme went on air.
It reported that he was cleared to offer an extreme view which was not supposed to be taken seriously.
The BBC issued an apology of its own afterwards, conceding that “the item was not perfectly judged”.
In response to the outburst trade union Unison called for Clarkson’s dismissal and said that they are taking “urgent” legal advice.
“Clarkson’s comments on the One Show were totally outrageous, and they cannot be tolerated,” said Unison general secretary Dave Prentis. “Public sector workers and their families are utterly shocked by Jeremy Clarkson’s revolting comments. An apology is not enough- we are calling on the BBC to sack Jeremy Clarkson immediately. Such disgusting comments have no place on our TV screens.”
“Jeremy Clarkson clearly needs a reminder of just who he is talking about when he calls for public sector workers to be shot in front of their families,” he added. “Whilst he is driving round in fast cars for a living, public sector workers are busy holding our society together – they save others lives on a daily basis, they care for the sick, the vulnerable, the elderly”.
Clarkson ended up apologising, but Prentis and Unison are not satisfied:
Jeremy Clarkson’s apology over his ‘shoot the strikers’ remark has only partially diminished uproar about the comment.
Over 23,000 people have already complained about the comments on Wednesday’s edition of BBC1’s The One Show….
“It is only right he apologises for the huge offence he caused to public sector workers and their families,” Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said.
“We would like to invite him to spend a day on a hospital ward, with one of our healthcare assistants. They do vital work caring for patients – cleaning up sick, bathing patients, and wiping bottoms. We think he has many of the personal skills necessary for the job.”
It is worth noting that, on the day of the strike — November 30 — in Birmingham:
A small group of protestors carried a mocked up guillotine with images of Nick Clegg and David Cameron, with a slogan saying “heads will roll”.
Now, no one is saying these were Unison members, however, that seemed all right with them and Dave Prentis. I haven’t seen any complaints about this popping up all over the Net, have you?
This story is yet another example of the Left continuing to regulate the freedom of speech. If a conservative makes a facetious comment, the Left jumps all over it. One can well imagine that Unison orchestrated this, Saul Alinsky style. See Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, especially 4, 6, 8 and 12 — particularly relevant in this case.
However, public sector protestors carrying mockups of Cameron and Clegg next to a guillotine with the words ‘heads will roll’ is okay. Although Unison is calling for Cameron to distance himself from Clarkson — a personal friend — Cameron and Clegg are unlikely to call for Prentis or Unison to distance themselves from protestors who advocate their beheading.
One can’t help but think of Animal Farm: some animals are more equal than others.
Note that Unison use the same colour of purple as the violent American union SEIU. See PDF page 14 of this report:
16. In March this year the union’s Three Companies project came to a successful conclusion. The project has piloted radical organising techniques employed by our sister union in the USA, the SEIU.
On March 28, 2011 — around the time of the London protests — I wrote:
Today, we have peaceful Tea Party demonstrations interrupted by the purple-shirted SEIU (Service Employees International Union). It is shocking to think that people working in ‘caring’ professions can be capable of such violence. At It Doesn’t Make Sense, ‘Union Thuggery and Skullduggery’ explores the latest SEIU wheeze …:
There is now evidence that the SEIU planned to destroy the American economy in order to impose a wealth distribution oriented, socialist government …
[Stephen] Lerner is a former high ranking member of the SEIU who ran several campaigns targeting Wall St. institutions and other citadels of capitalism. He is completely committed to the forced redistribution of money that doesn’t belong to him …
How is this socialist agitator going to do this? Through the unions, community organization groups and old fashioned civil disobedience. We are seeing this now where squatters simply occupy a dwelling and refuse to leave. SEIU sends their union thugs into banks to disrupt them and assault people who protest their actions. Lerner is calling for people to stop paying their mortgages. He wants activitists to disrupt stockholder meetings. He wants students to renege on their loans ...
The Blaze carries a transcript and film of Lerner’s appearance at Pace University:
W: We’re going to hear from Steve Lerner next, of SEIU, the Architect of the Justice for Janitors campaign. Currently, he’s working on partnering with unions and groups in Europe and South America, it’s building campaigns to hold financial institutions accountable …
S. Lerner: It seems to me that we’re in a moment where we need to figure out in a much more, th[o]rough direct action, much more concrete way how we really are trying to disrupt and create uncertainty for capital, for how corporations operate …
I’m not going to go through all the detail except to say there’s extraordinary things we could do …
To find out more about their tactics, try a search on ‘SEIU violence’.
We can only hope that Unison does not adopt these tactics, but if they consider the SEIU their sister union, who knows what 2012 could bring?