Opinion – Jeremy Clarkson’s road to ruin on Top Gear – Sydney Morning Herald – John Gelmini

The BBC are not being entirely honest, as they are about almost everything else. Jeremy Clarkson is a boorish, loudmouthed, prone to racist misunderstandings in his remarks, whose Repton school education should have taught him to know better.

The BBC’s Top Gear producers knew what Clarkson was and encouraged him to behave in this way because they knew from public attitude surveys that many of the UK public share Clarkson’s views. By allowing Clarkson to rampage about with his equally silly co-presenters, the BBC gained viewers of this ilk, including the Prime Minister and his friends in the Chipping Norton set, who are people with more money than sense who perhaps imagine that anything outside of a 60 mile radius of where they live is Outer Mongolia and that anyone who is not like them is an inferior species of human being.

The wider viewership of this uninformative and silly program may or may not have been petrol-heads but a good many of them clearly thought that Clarkson somehow represented them and was able to do outrageous things that they dared not to do.

He has now been sacked and will be replaced; he’ll jump ship and move to another channel, something he planned for long ago. In the end, it will not matter because the BBC itself is on the road to nowhere, and will be replaced with internet television services, more agreeable to audiences of the future.

Perhaps, the Police will now take action against Clarkson, as an example?

John Gelmini

How Spain Recovered from the Economic Crisis – SPIEGEL ONLINE

English: Map of Spain

English: Map of Spain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a powerful and insightful article from Spiegel. It’s a recommended read. Check it out!

via How Spain Recovered from the Economic Crisis – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Spain, like Ireland and Portugal is a case study on the effectiveness of reform and austerity policies. Economically, Spain is becoming a model, with powerful, internationally competitive industries. Unfortunately, unemployment continues to be a deep problem in Spain. The current conservative government in Spain has been responsible for the strong policies, in contrast to the deep damage done to Spain by the previous socialist government.

Spain, of course, is contrasted to Greece where there has also been austerity but less real reform. Meanwhile, socialists in Spain are looking to Greece as an example.

Thoughts?