1/08/2008

Jeremy Clarkson, in case you don't know, is one of the presenters of a UK tv programme called Top Gear, about cars. There's a lot I could say about Top Gear. It's sort of a guilty pleasure for a lot of people who watch it without necessarily admitting it because they do things like turn a Robin Reliant into a space shuttle and actually manage to launch the damn thing. Guilty pleasure because the three presenters are perfect examples of the Arrogant Uncle (or brother-in-law, or cousin, or ...) that you often run into at family gatherings.

You know the guy; intensely self-assured to the point of arrogance, probably works in some sales or advertising capacity if he doesn't own his own business, has a girlfriend who runs a hair salon, and given to bellowing inappropriately about why global warming is really a left-wing plot and the unemployed should be placed in shackles from the moment they sign on and put to work making license plates.

Top Gear has three of them, and king of them all is Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson recently declared in an article that all the concern over the loss of computerised personal details of millions of Britons by the government was, well, a bit of a palaver and a lot of fuss about nothing. Which is why it was such a joy to read the following in the Guardian Online:

"Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has admitted he was wrong to brand the scandal of lost CDs containing the personal data of millions of Britons a "storm in a teacup" after falling victim to an internet scam.

The outspoken star printed his bank details in a newspaper to try and make the point that his money would be safe and that the spectre of identity theft was a sham.

He also gave instructions on how to find his address on the electoral roll and details about the car he drives.

However, in a rare moment of humility Clarkson has now revealed the stunt backfired and his details were used to set up a £500 direct debit payable from his account to the British Diabetic Association."

The word for today is hubris. Jeremy Clarkson: entering the Twilight Zone sometime soon, one would hope.
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