Just over a week ago, we reported that The Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson had come under fire from his local Chadlington Parish Council, who accused his farm shop of being a “Covid risk”. The farm shop, which is part of Diddly Squat Farm, was started by Clarkson for a new show, ‘I Bought The Farm’, and has been open to customers looking for fresh meat, vegetables, and other food types. Now, Clarkson has responded to these complaints in a column.
He began by explaining a story of playing a card game in a bar with “three old men” in the Basque region of Spain a few years ago.
“Every now and again, for no reason that I could see, one of them would shout at me and then take some of my money.
“And that’s how I feel with this COVID business. Baffled.”
“I was told this week by my local parish council that the hay bales outside my farm shop are in breach of COVID regulations.
“That may be so but how are we supposed to know these things?”
He also commented on the fact a friend of his from Ireland came to visit, but due to vague instructions from the government, they weren’t sure whether they could see each other, or go to a pub instead.
“There was no advice on any of that.
“All I know is that if I get something wrong, they’ll be like those Basque guys, and shout at me before taking some of my money.”
Recently, he was keen to comment on the government’s handling of Covid:
“The government’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, has your life, your children’s future and Boris Johnson’s testicles in his hands,” he said.
“This makes him the most powerful man in the country right now. And, possibly, the most dangerous.”
He goes on:
“Yes, after a prolonged lull, Covid staged something of a comeback last week, but as the number of deaths has dropped dramatically, there’s no great worry at the moment that the NHS will be overwhelmed or that your fat dad won’t make it to next weekend.
“There is, however, a very great worry that the economy is on the brink of collapse and that if we end up with five million on the dole, there will be some troubling social unrest.”