I don't know or care whether Jeremy Clarkson was being serious when he called for striking public sector workers to be executed on TV the other night. He obviously said it to be controversial and provoke a reaction which is just what he got as Twitter and Facebook went into meltdown. Given he was on the show to promote a book, him and his publicist must be laughing at all the publicity his remarks have attracted. Rather than phoning the police or complaining to the BBC, a much better response would have been to yawn and turn over. It's like a child throwing a tantrum: make a fuss and they just carry on; ignore them and they give up.
Clarkson's pal David Cameron has unsurprisingly tried to downplay the remarks. Cameron and Clarkson have a lot in common: educated at public school, part of the Chipping Norton set in Oxfordshire, and ironically, unlike the strikers they condemn, in receipt of very generous wages and pensions paid for by the taxpayer.