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Saturday 20 December 2014

Public Sector strikers should be shot - Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson

One day strike gets under way in Belfast as striking workers begin the rally as they marched through the City Centre and met at the Belfast City Hall
One day strike gets under way in Belfast as striking workers begin the rally as they marched through the City Centre and met at the Belfast City Hall
One day strike gets under way in Belfast as striking workers begin the rally as they marched through the City Centre and met at the Belfast City Hall. Glynis Pollock
One day strike gets under way in Belfast as striking workers begin the rally as they marched through the City Centre and met at the Belfast City Hall. Megan Hoit, Penny Hoit, Finn Hoit and Isabel Hoit
Public sector workers gather for a rally outside Belfast City Hall
PCS, Unite and NIPSA picket lines outside government buildings in Belfast
One day strike gets under way in Belfast as striking workers, picket outside Government Buildings.
Union members on the picket line at the Waterside Railway Station in Derry which was closed due to the national strike on wednesday. Picture Martin McKeown. 30.11.11
PCS, Unite and NIPSA picket lines outside government buildings in Belfast
Thousands of public sector workers across Northern Ireland on strike in the biggest walk-out in a generation.
Thousands of public sector workers across Northern Ireland on strike in the biggest walk-out in a generation.The dispute is over ongoing government cuts and future pension provision. Up to two million people across the UK are on strike.In Northern Ireland, no bus or train services will be operating. Two thirds of schools and colleges will be closed.Pic Colm O'Reilly Pacemaker Press
Trade Unions around Northern Ireland came together for a rally at the City Hall in Belfast city centre.
Trade Unions around Northern Ireland came together for a rally at City Hall in Belfast city centre.
Trade Unions around Northern Ireland came together for a rally at the City Hall in Belfast city centre.
Trade Unions around Northern Ireland came together for a rally at the City Hall in Belfast city centre.
Trade Unions around Northern Ireland came together for a rally at the City Hall in Belfast city centre.
Trade Unions around Northern Ireland came together for a rally at the City Hall in Belfast city centre.
Trade Unions around Northern Ireland came together for a rally at the City Hall in Belfast city centre.
Miniature Yorkshire Molly Bell pictured at the Belfast city centre rally protesting against public sector pension cuts
Trade Unions around Northern Ireland came together for a rally at the City Hall in Belfast city centre.
Trade Unions around Northern Ireland came together for a rally at the City Hall in Belfast city centre.
Striking workers, life size images of Prime Minister David Cameron outside Stormont Castle.
Striking workers, life size images of Prime Minister David Cameron outside Stormont Castle.
Billy Bowman, a bus driver for thirty years, protesting outside the Short Strand bus depot, in Belfast, where 200 buses are off the road.
Readers' picture. Submitted by Allyson McLean. Public sector strike. Nov 30 2011
Translink workers protesting outside the Short Strand bus depot, in Belfast, where 200 buses are off the road.
Public sector workers on the picket line at Altnagelvin Hospital on Wednesday morning. Picture Martin McKeown.
Public sector workers on the picket line at Altnagelvin Hospital on Wednesday morning. Picture Martin McKeown.
Public sector workers on the picket line at Altnagelvin Hospital on Wednesday morning. Picture Martin McKeown.
Public sector workers on the picket line at Altnagelvin Hospital on Wednesday morning. Picture Martin McKeown.
One day strike gets under way in Belfast ...a normally busy Europa Bus Station lies empty
DOne day strike gets under way in Belfast ... normally busy Europa Bus Station lies empty with just one woman waiting to travel to Dublin
One day strike gets under way in Belfast as striking workers, picket outside Government Buildings.
One day strike gets under way in Belfast as striking workers, picket outside Government Buildings, Belfast
One day strike gets under way in Belfast as striking workers, picket outside Government Buildings, Belfast
One day strike gets under way in Belfast as striking workers, picket outside Government Buildings, Belfast
Pacemaker Press Belfast 29-11-2011:Paul Hartin pictured at Nipsa union HQ getting ready for strike action tomorrow. Members of one of the main public sector unions, the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (Nipsa), will go on strike on 30 November. The union's general secretary Brian Campfield said the industrial action reflected anger over attacks on pensions, pay and jobs.Picture by: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 29-11-2011:Paul Hartin pictured at Nipsa union HQ getting ready for strike action tomorrow. Members of one of the main public sector unions, the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (Nipsa), will go on strike on 30 November. The union's general secretary Brian Campfield said the industrial action reflected anger over attacks on pensions, pay and jobs.Picture by: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 29-11-2011:Nipsa union members pictured getting ready for strike action tomorrow. Members of one of the main public sector unions, the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (Nipsa), will go on strike on 30 November. The union's general secretary Brian Campfield said the industrial action reflected anger over attacks on pensions, pay and jobs.Picture by: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 29-11-2011:Lisle-Anne Scott pictured at Nipsa union HQ getting ready for strike action tomorrow. Members of one of the main public sector unions, the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (Nipsa), will go on strike on 30 November. The union's general secretary Brian Campfield said the industrial action reflected anger over attacks on pensions, pay and jobs.Picture by: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye, Belfast, Northern Ireland - 29th November 2011 - Members from the union Unison prepare at their Belfast offices for tomorrows country wide strikes.Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Presseye.com
Press Eye, Belfast, Northern Ireland - 30th November 2011 - Members of the Nipsa unions join the strikes at Antrim road Belfast.Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Presseye.com
Press Eye, Belfast, Northern Ireland - 30th November 2011 - Members of the Nipsa unions join the strikes at Antrim road Belfast.Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Presseye.com
Press Eye, Belfast, Northern Ireland - 30th November 2011 - Members of the Unite and Nipsa unions join together at Antrim road Belfast.Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Presseye.com
The BBC has apologised after Jeremy Clarkson declared that he would like to see striking public sector workers 'shot'

The BBC has apologised after Jeremy Clarkson declared that he would like to see striking public sector workers "shot" in front of their families.

The Top Gear presenter made his comments on BBC's The One Show on the evening of Britain's biggest public sector strikes in 30 years.

He said of the strikers: "I'd have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families.

"I mean, how dare they go on strike when they've got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living."

The broadcaster's comments sparked hundreds of angry comments on Twitter.

Piers Morgan tweeted: "Clarkson can abuse - and hit (weakly..) - me all he likes. But what he said about the strikers just proves he's a nasty little twerp."

Author Tony Parsons tweeted: "Jeremy Clarkson has misjudged the moment. Criticising striking public sector workers today is like sieg-heiling at Last Night of the Proms."

KateakaMrsO tweeted: "First time I have ever complained about a programme, as I usually think people can use off button but Jeremy Clarkson a disgrace."

A BBC spokesman said: "The One Show apologised at the end of the show to viewers who may have been offended by Jeremy Clarkson's comments."

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