While in Australia to host Top Gear Live, a stage version of the hit TV show, the BBC presenter also accused Brown of "telling us everything is fine" around the financial crisis in contrast to other world leaders. Clarkson, speaking at a press conference in Sydney to promote his show, compared Mr Brown to Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, after Rudd had just addressed the country on the global financial crisis. "It's the first time I've ever seen a world leader [Rudd] admit we really are in deep shit," Clarkson was reported as saying in the Australian newspaper.Calling him that is not something I would do myself. There are other ways to insult him. However, this reall all goes back to the right to offend. Just because I wouldn't call him that, does not mean to say that someone else should be prevented from doing so. It probably says just as much about Clarkson as it does about Brown. Should Guido be prevented from offending in the way that he does? He's said far worse things about Brown. But of course Guido doesn't work for the BBC. There will be plenty of honchos at the BBC, especially in their all powerful Equalities Unit, who will be pushing for 'Action This Day', a la Carol Thatcher. If this happens the BBC will head even further down the road of being a place where ideas are stifled because people are fearful of expressing them. It's already happening, with presenters and producers remaining silent in brainstorming meetings for fear of saying something which could be held against them. I know it's happening because enough of them have told me. You do not get creative expression by operating within a culture of fear.
"He genuinely looked terrified. Poor man, he's actually seen the books. We have this one-eyed Scottish idiot who keeps telling us everything's fine and he's saved the world and we know he's lying, but he's smooth at telling us."
If they get Clarkson for this, it will signal that the BBC has embarked on a very dangerous road indeed.