By Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson, it should be stated, occasionally unearths the realm a maddening position. And nowhere extra so than from at the back of the wheel of a vehicle, the place you will find any variety of humans performing like lunatics whereas on top of things (or now not) of a ton of steel. In "Born to be Riled", Clarkson takes a glance on the international via his windscreeen, shakes his head at what he sees - after which places the boot in. between different issues, he explains: why Surrey is worse than Wales; how crossing your legs in the US can result in arrest; the explanation cable television salesmen has to be punched; and, that divorce should be blamed at the start of Jesus. Raving politicians, unnecessary celebrities, ridiculous 'personalities' and the Germans all get it within the neck, including the silly, the daft and ludicrous in a travel de strength of comedian writing bound to have Clarkson's postman wheezing less than sackfuls of letters from the simply angry.
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I have been banned from driving Toyotas, I’ve had death threats, and my postman once had to deliver letters from what seemed like the entire population of Luton. But at least I can sit back now and know that every single opinion on these pages was mine. I just borrowed a car, and told you what I thought. No sauce. No PR garnish. I never said you had to agree with my opinions but I can say that in the last 10 years, I’ve only been on maybe five press launches and I’ve sat through all of them with my fingers in my ears, singing old Who songs at the top of my voice.
Yes, speeding is a minor misdemeanour and Howard is right to call the enforcement of it a ‘non-essential task’, but what about drinking and driving? Is that a minor offence which the police shouldn’t bother with? And if it is, why do they spend so much money every Christmas on television commercials telling us that it isn’t? And do they really think a profit-led police force will tell people to stop doing something that feeds its coffers? No, they’ll want us to speed and jump lights when we’re pissed, or they won’t keep their bloody shareholders happy.
It sounded like the worst nightmare I could possibly imagine and it all looked like coming true when, in Terminator 2, Arnie refused to kill anyone. But, thankfully, the British recession has ended and those old values are back on line. Girls who had been forced into long and tedious skirts now insist on huge slits up to their ladies’ areas, estate agents are selling houses in Chelsea for £25 million, the stock market is up above the ionosphere. Greed is good. And greed is back. Phew. And nowhere is this phenomenon more apparent than in cardom.