Ipswich Labour MP Chris Mole has written a "strongly-worded" letter to the BBC's director general Mark Thompson demanding that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson be sacked for suggesting that lorry drivers routinely kill strumpets. Clarkson, 48, was "taking part in a lorry-driving task" during last Sunday's pre-watershed show …
What to do...
The most useful thing to do with those complaints is to round up the addresses and invite Mr Clarkson to drive his lorry through them all. Honestly ... how big is our population ... how large is the international audience of Top Gear and ... how many complaints? Good grief. Mine's the one with the truck keys in the pocket.
Ipswich Labour MP Chris Mole is a grandstanding knob jockey. He admitted during an interview with Radio 4's PM that he hadn't spoken to the families of the dead hookers and was just being offended on their behalf. That's what a caring, sharing kinda guy he is.
He's a f*cking MP
Which means he has done a whole load of dismissable things in his time, like been an incompetent f*ckwit who has contributed to the country going town the pan. Let's leave Jeremy Clarkson alone and if the huddled masses don't like his style then they can switch over and watch strictly come dancing.
Of course he's complained
He probably felt he had to complain, there are votes at stake!
We're going to need a timetable for all these bandwagons that are coming along. FFS, these morons should stop getting offended on behalf of other people, and get a f***ing sense of humour!
Paris? She's been known to blow things, out of proportion.
I love you guys.
Why no Paris angle? It seems so easy...
Rusty Shackleford says'
Memo to MP Mole - "Lighten up Francis" .
It has the merit of not being cruelly specific to one vulnerable person (as in 'Manuel Gate). Thats the difference for me. Humour without too much cruelty.
Let's ban all humour
This is in a different league to the Ross / Brand affair, and Mr Mole is on a publicity kick looking for a bandwagon to leap on.
May we should just ban all humour and comedy and allow our MPs to amuse us instead
this is a joke - there were only 2 complaints after the show so which twats have just read about it and been offended. it was 2 years ago ffs!
get a life you saddos!
Jumping on the bandwagon!
Why are politicians always so painfully slow at jumping on the bandwagon? I know they are out of touch but this was all at the beginning of the week, it just reeks of desperate to be known for something other than taking our taxes and wasting them all.
Have you also noticed how none of our politicans are that worried (or even appear to be guinenely concerned) about the market slowdown? No because they have nice fat guaranteed wage!
Pot - Kettle
What the government does to tax payers constitutes mugging, or maybe demanding money with menaces, but we can't prosecute them for it!
Its nice to see, despite the countries current financial status, that this Labour MP chappie has nothing better to do than write "strongly worded letters" to the BBC - thats real value for money. How about he better serves his electorate by sorting out real local issues rather than jumping on the "Bash the BBC" bandwagon. Mind you, MP's never stray across the line do they !! - lets just check the headlines shall we.....
With the government struggling to cope with more important things, such as their ability to stay in power, I think this man's attention is best served somewhere else...mind you, its enough to get Labour a headline (one that doesnt include Gordon Brown losing control of the country anyway.)
Who can I write to...
when I wish to complain about people who have nothing better do do with their lives than waste people's time with stupid complaints please?
How about this percentage of people just change the channel?
I wonder how many of those 500 people have actually seen the programme? Anyone who watches TopGear on a regular basis understands the tone of the show and would have taken it with a pinch of salt.
This ain't the first time JC has been in trouble and it won't be the last. If they haven't sacked Mr Ross, then they won't sack JC.
MP in bid to make a name for himself shocker.
Where's that gravy train icon?
Given that Wright was working as a fork-lift truck driver at the time of his arrest, though he does hold an HGV license (apparently) surely the media are actually libelling truck drivers by perpetuating the implication that truckers murder prostitutes, by linking Clarkson's remarks with the Ipswich murders, when unlike Sutcliffe, his holding a HGV license had nothing to do with the deaths.
OK, I get the offense
If it were "Lorry drivers are being impugned". But this floored me:
"To do so with complete disregard for the families of the murdered women should make this a matter on which I would expect you to take immediate action."
If he'd said "and damn good job too" I would then make the connection between "Lorry drivers kill prozzies" and "You're insulting the families".
As it is, no. No I can't.
Is this Chris Mole trying to bag a hot female constituent? Or just trying to bag the feminist vote by "standing up for women"?
Having lived in the surrounding area to where Steve Wright lived, I can state yet again that he was a fork lift driver, NOT a 'lorry' driver!
Not sure what annoys me more, the lack of knowledge on the MP's part, or every website that continues to refer to him as a lorry driver.
Sack everyone that ever made a Jack the Ripper or Harold Shipman joke too, will you? In fact, better lock up all comedians, just in case right?
Or we could just take a breath and stop our knees jerking.
Reg Reader Calls for Wacky Smith's Head
Reg Reader Mike Crawshaw has written a "strongly-worded comment on The Reg demanding that Home Secretary "Wacky" Jaqui Smith be sacked for being a lying, incompetent beeeatch.
Smith, old, has been taking part in numerous tv and newspaper interviews over the last few years when she says "people want identity cards, they want CCTV everywhere, they want to be on my database"
Recently, old politician Smith should have been jailed, hung, drawn and quartered, before allowing the populace to stamp on the bits for routinely lying and treating the UK population like morons. Crawshaw said in his comment: "the actions in this country during Smith's tenure as Home Secretary were, and are, horrific and the community has spent a lot of time pulling together to respond constructively to such dreadful events. For Smith to make light of the destruction of democratic rights in any circumstance must be an 'up against the wall' offence."
"To do so with complete disgregard for the population of the country should make this a matter on which I would expect immediate action."
I am more offended than you
I'm sick and tired of the "offence auction" that takes place in cases like these. This is completely different from the Brand/Ross debacle in that the gruesome twosome actually phoned Senor Sachs. Jezzer was just carrying on in his imitable Clarksonesque manner.
How utterly reliable
There's always one who fails to appreciate the humorous nature of the fuzzy-haired, pot-bellied man's banter.
MP in question is now probably after anyone who tells jokes about the 11th of September. What a dull man.
What the c*ck?!
Have these MPs not get anything better to do?!
And as for these ...whats the word .... tw@ts that go about watching programs that they dont like for the simple fact of complaining about it, they should not be allowed to have a tv, or a computer, or anything that they could possibly find offensive.
I'm I the only person
who has noticed a correlation between the government being in trouble and them attacking the BBC?
the Iraq war, the weapons inspector, cash for honors and the economy spring to mind.
No Jezza no license
Sack him and i for one, will no longer be paying for a tv license....
As long as....
.. any polititian who makes a minor mistake is held accountable and loses their job aswell.
No polititians left? Oh dear, glass houses and all that!
I'm deeply offended ...
... by anyone who watches Top Gear and is then offended by the content.
Especially MP's who jump on the band waggon nearly a week later.
I must be getting old.....
but didn't spitting image (1980's) do a gag with lorry drivers killing C5 owners and having stickers for the number of kills????
It appears that the woolly blanket brigade are out in force....again
It's funny because it's true.
I think the BBC should sack Adrian Chiles because he's a 'bit Birmingham'.
While not the finniest thing Mr Clarkson has ever said you have got to admit it brings at least a small smile. I'm sure he has enough money to retire if he wanted and I think if I was in his shoes and didn't get 100% support from the Beeb that is exactly what I would do. While it would deprive us of a quality presenter it might help teach institutions like the Beeb to grow some spine and realize they are going to offend some people some of the time.
I'm appalled and outraged
Here we go again, all aboard the outrage bandwagon......
Maybe the 'disgusted of Tunbridge Wells' MP should stop generating headlines for himself and get on with the job he was elected to do instead of being offended on behalf of others?
Why hasn't this MP got better things to do?
I dunno, they get paid so much and so sod all. Bloody government.
I'm sure Jeremy Clarkson will apologise on the next episode of Top Gear. How many of these 500 people who complained actually watch the show anyway?
I bet 90% of these 500 people complain about anything as they've got sod all else to do with their lives.
Reminds me of The Simpsons episode "Bart The General" where Abe Simpsons writes in to complain about a load of different words such as Bra, Horny and Family Jewels.
Oh my god not 500 complains on a show that has a global audience of 350million! Why don't people just leave everything alone with the BBC. its already been shown with the Russell Brand saga that we're a nation that just jumps on the bandwagon! just get a life!
Is there really someone called that? Is he any relation to Adrian? And does he not have an important job to do and therefore something better to worry about than sabre rattling about JC?
I think I might write a "strongly-worded letter" to Mr Mole's boss, probably someone called Mr Badger or Mr Toad, calling for Mr Mole's sacking on the basis that wasting his valuable time on stupid letter-writing while the taxpayer forks out for his pay 'must be' a sackable offence. Except that would be hypocrisy as it is exactly what I am doing now...
Steve Wright was a fork lift driver.... not a lorry driver.
I believe Jezza was more likely referring to Peter Sutcliffe, still glad to see the MP in question didn't let the facts get in the way of a good rant.
anyone notice ...
how 500 is a lot less the 30,000 complaints that Bland and Toss got for radio2?
auntie would be mad to sack clarkson as that would be the end of top gear, it's not been about reviewing cars for years now and the fat oaf is the heart and soul of it.
I'd rather see that twatting MP is sacked for not representing his constituents.
I blame the media....
...for all of this loss of sense of humour. Yes its a bit dark and yes its a bit close to home for some people in our population of 65 million, but really. Sod off. I laughed, my mates laughed and i'm sure plenty of others beyond that laughed (probably including staffers in el Reg). Can that MP not focus on something important like the people he represents having less money in their pockets per chance? Any anyways, he's in politics. He's bound to be up to some nasty Xratedness himself...
Shut up Mole
And climb back under whichever rock it is you emerged from...
when stupid people bite
it shows there still plenty of people with a suitable IQ for the forces etc
its why i live frankie boyle so much
clarkson for PM i say
Perhaps MP's should be getting the economy back on track rather than whining about telly. I for one registered Praise to the BBC so taking that into account technically its only 499.
Bit like the Crystal Maze i guess...
Paris cause she's like a prostitute i guess....
BBC: "The vast majority of Top Gear viewers have clear expectations of Jeremy Clarkson's long-established and frequently provocative on-screen persona." - don't like it, don't watch it!
What is going wrong with the world!
First Russell Brand has to quit for saying (and according to reports correctly), that he'd got down and dirty with some young "lady"
Now Clarkson is getting it in the neck for pointing out a very valid statistic (Suffolk, Yorkshire ripper amongst many others were all lorry drivers)
Based on the fact that this guy moaning is a politician, and they never tell the truth, this would explain why no one is asking for him to quit. :o)
This is getting beyond a joke... (sorry)
No-one complains about "Priest and the alter boy" type jokes.
If any action is taken over this I will start complaining about every single joke on the BBC that is in that vain, making it quight clear why. If enough people start doing this we can make the feelings of the majority heard.
Bleeding Heart Nut-Jobs
First of all, lorry drivers unions have come out backing Jeremy on this.
Second no MP or anyone working in any gov't position should state something like, this is a sackable offence after the crap they pull.
Third, bet all the complaints have been made by middle and working class women who have nothing better to do, with thier children grown and not wanting them around anymore.
Major sense of humour failure!
As someone said in a post about Jezza's joke in another article - this country is losing it's sense of humour.
What is happening? We are going to loose all comedians as they leave to find a country that tolerates slightly extreme humour?
Some people just take things badly, ok so it may be near the knuckle but so what.
No idea why this was sent to my inbox.
Dear Mr BBC,
I wish to write a strongly worded letter regarding your programme "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria". But lack of time and ability mean that this will have to do.
The village of Polstead lies not in my constutuency but close enough that I can claim this controversy and maybe get on the local news. There Maria Marten was shot by her lover William Corder.
The murder really quite close-by in 1827 was horrific and the community has spent a lot of time pulling together to respond constructively to such dreadful events. For Lord LLoyd-Webber to make light of murder in any circumstance must be a dismissible offence. (But not as bad as that soccer thing he did with Ben Elton, that was criminal).
To do so with complete disregard for the families of the murdered woman - irrespective of whether there are any around or they actually care - should make this a matter on which I would expect immediate action to be taken.
On a personal note, I'm disappointed that our National Broadcaster has decided to join the rest of the dumbed-down media in corrupting everything it touches.
Chris Mole MP (majority 13½).
[NOTE TO EDITORS]
Media bids to constituency office. Chris is unable to provide his own make-up artist. He prefers Evian but Volvic is acceptable.
Blood was tasted
When it was spilled from Brand and Ross. Now the media's going to expect to get anyone that says things they think the public should be shocked by, sacked.
Yeah... He is going to be dismissed when Lucifer goes to work on a snowploigh
People tend to forget that he is a TV dynasty offspring:
And the Beeb has always followed its founding principles on the subject: http://www.despair.com/nepotism.html
So he will be dismissed... Right... When hell freezes over....
How do I write an "Uncomplaint"?
And does that decrease the number of complaints by one?
I listened to an interview with Chris Mole MP on PM last night on my way home, and here's a couple of choice quotes:
Eddie Mair: "Have any of the families complained to you about this?"
CM: "None, and I wouldn't expect them to"
CM: "I know what they would think"
For anyone interested, the interview is currently available on the BBC Radio 4 iPlayer for PM, starting at timecode 49min 25sec
(It'll disappear later today)
He doesn't half seem intent on being offended on other people's behalf.
Who actually were not offended anyway.
Chris Mole should be sacked
I wrote to him re: Phorm and got, for a reply, a copy of a BT press statement - my points were not addressed.
He worked for BT.
His wife still works for BT.
BT have outsourced most of their work at Martlesham to Infosys and Tata - hence Ipswich has a large number of Indian immigrants - nothing wrong with Indians or indeed immigrants, it's good to see a Suffolk town become more cosmopolitan. However, it's had a dire effect on the local skilled population - to consult to BT you have to go through Hayes - and with the Indian companies charging £150/day there is scant work (many consultants commute to London). It'd be OK if they truly "outsourced" work to India but what they are doing is importing lower cost resources. I wish we could do that with MPs - or pay them £150/day.
As for Jezza - if he earns more than the Prime Minister then he should be sacked; he's big-headed and inseneitive enough though most people recognise he does it for effect (e.g. claiming all this identity theft news was rubbish - he saw the consequences of it). He could go to ITV and launch Reverse Gear.