Fart in lift Inquiry experiences ill wind
And what that petition says is “We the undersigned petition the BBC to reinstate Jeremy Clarkson … Freedom to fracas”. This is not a conditional statement; no possibility of disciplinary action is allowed for. The only permissible action is unconditional reinstatement of the presenter. Moreover, by using the phrase “Freedom to fracas”, it suggests approval of whatever Clarkson did to cause him to be suspended.
I went in to the BBC, told them how wonderful I was, and ended up ... WITH MY P45
So here we have a blog run by an Irishman, telling the world that whatever Jezza had done, he should just be reinstated, and indeed, allowed to do it again if he deems it necessary. There has been no change in the position of the Fawkes blog during the past week, other than periodic reports to tell readers how many more hundreds of thousands have signed the petition, which, by implication, means the Fawkes rabble are right.
In fact, Jezza is alleged to have subjected producer Oisin Tymon to a thirty-minute barrage of expletives and bullying, because he could not tuck into a steak dinner. What the Mirror has described, let us not drive this one around the houses for too long, is a display of infantile petulance, borderline psychopathic behaviour, racism, and assault causing actual bodily harm. Small wonder other hotel guests have passed adverse comment.
Padraig Reidy has concluded “If this account is true (Clarkson is said to deny it, it should be noted), then this is racially aggravated assault, no different than if Clarkson had abused a black, Asian or Jewish colleague”. What Irish citizen Paul Staines makes of that will be interesting to hear. Mitch Benn has told that “[Guido Fawkes] knows exactly what he's doing and should be ashamed. Won't be, about this or anything, but should”.
That was in support of Alex Andreou, who asserted “I hope the idiots who rushed to sign a petition, hang their heads in shame. Especially, arch-dickhead [Guido Fawkes]”. Because, as Benn says, “[Guido Fawkes] proposes (and the signatories concur) that JC should be ALLOWED to beat up work colleagues, whether or not he already has”. That, ultimately, is what calling for unconditional reinstatement and saying “freedom to fracas” means.